The Kansas Board of Regents is in the early stages of writing a budget request for the state’s higher education system. On Wednesday, they’ll start discussions on the spending plan they’ll submit to Governor Sam Brownback.
Breeze Richardson, with the board, says they'll be writing a two-year budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
She says this is only the second time the board will write a two-year budget in recent memory, and it requires a little more forethought.
The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita. Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty. Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school. There are hundreds of children on TOP's waiting list.
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Cornelia Stevens is Executive Director of TOP Early Learning Centers.
The University of Kansas Medical Center has received a $25 million donation from the Hall Family Foundation that will help build a new health education building.
Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, called the building the regents' top educational priority and said he couldn't thank the foundation enough for the donation. Medical center officials said that outdated classrooms and lecture halls threatened the center's accreditation.