Education

No Child Left Behind
6:59 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kansas NCLB Waiver Could Have Unintended Consequences

The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools. But since its passage, several states have sought exemptions from the program, which implements national educational standards.

Kansas received one of those waivers last week, but state Board of Education member Walt Chappell says there’s no real advantage to being waived from the requirements of the program.

Board of Education
8:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Board of Ed Supports Districts Seeking To Use Alternate Student Tests

The Kansas State Board of Education is supporting three school districts that want to use an alternative to state approved tests.

The schools want to use tests from the group ACT to measure student performance instead of state assessments.

The districts are Clifton - Clyde, McPherson and Kansas City, Kansas.

The districts will have to apply to the federal government for a waiver to use the alternative tests.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to support the request.

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Board of Education
8:27 am
Mon July 9, 2012

BOE To Work On Education Funding Proposal

The Kansas Board of Education will work on their proposal for state education funding this week. 

They’re taking comments from organizations on what they should pursue.

One group is urging them to push for a big funding increase.

Education
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Education Official Testifies In School Funding Lawsuit

A Kansas official says school districts are concerned about more than just the resources needed to provide their students with a suitable education.

Deputy Education Commissioner Craig Neuenswander finished testifying today in the trial of a lawsuit over how Kansas funds its public schools. He was called by attorneys for the 54 school districts whose lawsuit claims Kansas has been spending too little to satisfy the state constitution’s requirement for providing a “suitable” education.  He said schools want to make sure students have the knowledge they need to be productive.

Wichita State University
8:48 am
Fri June 15, 2012

WSU Holds Farewell Reception For The Beggs

Don and Shirley Beggs enjoying their farewell party
Carla Eckels

A farewell reception for Wichita State University President and First Lady, Don and Shirley Beggs was held Thursday on campus.

A room in Koch Arena was filled with well-wishers, faculty and staff wearing black and gold, the Wu Shock, cheerleaders, all wanting to express their appreciation for the Beggs.

For 13 and a half years, the couple tirelessly supported WSU.

Bobby Gandu was a student during their tenure and is now WSU’s Director of Admissions. He says the Beggs are going out with style, grace and a lot of respect and pride for the institution.

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Education
1:45 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Kansas Aviation Museum To Unveil Stearman Car

The Kansas Aviation Museum will unveil a new exhibit Thursday featuring the last car owned by airplane designer Lloyd Stearman, a pioneer of Wichita aviation.

The car is a 1960s Mercedes diesel sedan. Stearman purchased the car to drive while on vacation in Europe and later had it shipped back to the States. Kansas aviation museum executive director Lon Smith says Stearman made modifications to the car like putting in a Sears air-conditioning unit.

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Education
12:21 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Voracious Readers Earn New Bicycles

Yesterday was the last day of school for students of Irving Elementary, and that meant an assembly honoring their scholastic achievements.

An accelerated reading program at Irving Elementary School began six years ago, including an initiative from community sponsors to provide prizes for strong readers.

Students earned points for the number of pages they read and scores on comprehension quizzes, and then those points translated to prizes.

Principal Larry Perlman says this year, 12 students read 1 million words and were awarded with bicycles for their hard work.

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Education
12:32 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Library For Seeds Instead Of Books

Farmers’ markets are now open in several parts of Wichita, including one in the Delano neighborhood that has a library that isn’t meant for books.

For the second year in a row, a seed library will be available at the Delano Farmers’ Market on Wednesday evenings.

The library was established to let gardeners share and try out new seeds.

Many of them were donated from El Dorado Heirloom Seeds and include a large variety of non-genetically modified seeds including beans like the Eye of the Goat and tomato varieties such as Rutgers and Arkansas Travelers.

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Education
1:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Volunteering Teens Receive College Scholarships

Three Wichita-area high school students were awarded college scholarships Tuesday because of the amount of time they spent volunteering at non-profit organizations.

First place winner Saajan Bhakta of Wichita Northwest High School received a $1,000 scholarship and has logged more than 900 volunteer hours since 2008.

The United Way’s Dwane L. Wallace Youth Venture Grant Committee, made up of high school students, selected the scholarship winners.

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