10:44 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Wichita School Board Addresses $3 Million Budget Cut, Fears More Are On The Way

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  After Governor Sam Brownback’s decision to cut funding for public schools in Kansas by 1.5 percent, school districts are having to find ways to adjust their own budgets. The Wichita School Board did just that at a meeting on Monday night.

The tone was tense. Governor Brownback’s funding cuts will affect Wichita Public Schools to the tune of just over $3 million—which is less than 1 percent of its overall budget. Jim Freeman is the district’s chief financial officer. 

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5:03 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

USD 259 Reacts To Impending Funding Cuts

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Governor Sam Brownback announced on Thursday that he was cutting funding for Kansas public schools at rate of 1.5 percent. That means a reduction of $28 million in funding across the board. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports how this might affect Wichita Public Schools…

The statewide cuts will take effect on March 7.

Wichita School Board President Sheril Logan says her district must clear $3 million from their budget, and they’ll need to do it quickly.

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11:53 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Kansas Bill Would Narrow Talks Between Teachers And School Boards

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would narrow negotiations between school boards and teachers.

The House Education Committee conducted a hearing on the bill Wednesday. It would remove 30 issues from a list of things over which the teachers' union and school boards would be required to bargain.

That would leave only salary and work hours on the annual bargaining agenda. Both sides would have to agree beforehand to discuss benefits or other issues.

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12:14 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

KS Senate Considering Bill To Trim Education Funding

Senator Ty Masterson speaking to reporters last month.
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A proposal in the Kansas Senate would cut back aid to school districts in the current fiscal year. Lawmakers passed legislation increasing one type of school funding last year in response to a court ruling. But as Stephen Koranda reports, when all the variables were finalized, the cost was more than expected.

Some Kansas lawmakers are unhappy because they thought they’d be adding about $130 million dollars, but the cost ballooned. Here’s Republican state Senator Ty Masterson speaking last month.

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5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Kansas Struggling To Provide Summer Meals To Students In Need

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It’s estimated that almost half of the students enrolled in Kansas public schools receive free or reduced-priced meals. But of those 185,784 children, only about 7 percent take advantage of meals offered in the summer. That ranks Kansas 48th in the country. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports . . .

Breakfast and Lunch in the Summer?

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6:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Program Hopes To Gear Up Students For Higher Education



Wichita State University will launch a new college readiness program in local public schools next week. It’s expected to include close to 2,000 students. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.


Wichita State University received a grant last year of over $10 million to start two Gear Up programs in the Wichita area. Gear Up stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The initiative will start with current seventh graders, and mentor them through their freshman year of college. Riccardo Harris is executive director of Gear Up North.

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2:56 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Haskell Indian Nations University To Provide Remedial English Program In The Summer

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Haskell Indian Nations University will use a federal grant to provide a summer literature program for freshmen who need to improve their remedial English.

The university in Lawrence announced this month that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded it a $99,800 grant to develop a "Summer Bridge Program in Literature." The university has been studying how to help students who arrive on campus unprepared for regular college work.

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1:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Deadline To Run For Wichita Public Schools BOE Draws Near

The filing deadline to run for a seat on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is drawing near. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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11:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

KS Court Ruling Could Bolster Effort to Revamp School Funding

The Kansas Senate Chamber.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Governor Sam Brownback and some legislators have been saying Kansas should rewrite the funding formula used to distribute state tax dollars to K-12 schools.

A court ruled last week that the state is underfunding Kansas schools.

As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, that decision may add more energy to the call to rewrite the school finance formula.

In a previous ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s finance system should be judged by determining if the spending levels achieve certain student outcomes.

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12:50 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Critics Of Kansas' Science Standards Appeals Ruling

A nonprofit group that believes science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism has appealed a federal judge's dismissal of its lawsuit.

Citizens for Objective Public Education went to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday.

They want to overturn U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's recent decision that rejected their claim that the standards violate the religious freedoms of students and parents.

Crabtree ruled that opponents did not allege specific enough injuries from their adoption last year to allow the lawsuit to proceed.