7:26 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KU Asked To Build Model Statewide Anti-Bullying Policy

Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.

All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated. Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.

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Common Core Standards
6:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas School Officials Look To Address Data Concerns

Kansas education officials are seeking to calm concerns about the student data that is being collected as the state switches to new education standards.

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12:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas BOE To Prosecutors: Quit Failing To Report Felons

The Kansas State Board of Education wants prosecutors to do a better job reporting felony convictions so problem teachers can be weeded from the profession.

The BOE discussed the issue yesterday when it revoked the licenses of six teachers. Four of the teachers had been convicted of sex offenses against minors.

Kansas law requires prosecutors to report all felony convictions to the Department of Education monthly so it can check them against employment rosters. However, that law does not list any penalties for prosecutors who fail to comply with that requirement.

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7:12 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Kansas Board Of Regents Wants Concealed Carry Study

The Kansas Board of Regents wants an in-depth study of a new law that allows more concealed weapons into public buildings.

The regents decided to pursue the study during their annual retreat Tuesday.

The law took effect July 1.

It allows Kansans with concealed carry permits to carry weapons on public college campuses. The regents have requested an immediate six-month exemption for universities, and could later seek an extension through 2017.

1:06 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Visa Trouble May Force 6 Topeka Teachers To Leave Kansas

Some foreign-born teachers working in Topeka may have to return to their home countries.

Topeka's school district started recruiting teachers from overseas eight years ago; the district was struggling to fill positions in special education, secondary math and science.

The U.S. Department of Labor rejected the permanent residency applications of six of those Topeka teachers. The department rejected the argument that the district encountered a shortage of qualified teachers willing to take the positions.

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7:36 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Do Teachers Perpetuate Bullying?

Linda Rhone, an educator from Southwestern College, facilitates a session designed to help Wichita teachers examine their own behaviors to help lessen bullying in schools.

Wichita teachers are examining their own behaviors to help diminish bullying in schools.

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Education Funding
3:57 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Report: Kansas One Of Few States To Cut Higher Ed Funding

A national advocacy organization says Kansas is one of only a handful of states that cut funding for higher education this year.

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Wichita State University
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New Academic Affairs VP Looking To Move WSU Forward

Anthony Vizzini, photo courtesy Wichita State University
Credit photo courtesy Wichita State University

Anthony Vizzini is settling into his new role as vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State University. Although he’s only been on the job two weeks, he’s already imagining the opportunities that lie ahead.

“My sense is there is going to be great things happening at Wichita State University in the next few years,” Vizzini says, “I definitely want to be part of that team that’s going to move Wichita State forward.”

Vizzini, 54, assumed the position July 1, left vacant by Gary Miller who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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12:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

WSU's Chief Information Officer Leaves For Job At Brown University

Wichita State's Chief Information Officer and VP of information technology is leaving for a position at Brown University. 

Dr. Ravi Pendse announced today that he's been named the vice president for computing and information services at Brown University, starting Sept. 1.

Pendse specializes in computer networking and information technology in higher education. He's worked in a variety of areas at Wichita State, from library systems to digital classroom design and campus IT planning.

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10:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Ed. Department To Study How To Help Out-Of-State Teachers Get Licensed In Kansas

The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.

The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of state education agency officials, issued a report listing 10 recommendations for how states could improve the teaching profession. One of those calls for allowing reciprocity across state lines. Another encourages states to use data collection, analysis, reporting to improve teacher programs and keep them accountable.

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