Education

Election 2012
7:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

KS Dems, Republicans Have Different Outlooks On Education

Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.

Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.

Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.

Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.

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Education
6:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Democrats Create Own Website For School Funding

Kansas legislative Democrats launched their own online survey on schools Monday, to counter a new website created by Governor Sam Brownback's administration.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis said their site will gather suggestions for finding school spending inefficiencies - like the governor's - but it will also collect success stories of how schools are operating.

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Education
6:13 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card

Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance. The districts have switched to tests prepared by ACT, which is known for college entrance exams.

The Kansas Board of Education Wednesday voted not to include the ACT test scores in the state’s official report card provided to the federal government. Including the ACT scores would lower the state’s overall grade.

“When we’re discussing assessment results, we can’t compare oranges and apples,” says board member Jana Shaver from Independence.

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Education
8:35 am
Tue October 16, 2012

KS School Board Reviews Science Standards Work

An illustration of planet Earth.
DonkeyHotey Flickr

 

State Board of Education members are reviewing the progress of Kansas and other states in drafting common science standards.

The board plans to hear Tuesday afternoon from the state official overseeing work on the standards and from a member of the state’s standards-writing committee.

Kansas is working with 25 other states and the National Research Council on common standards for possible adoption in their public schools.

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Wichita State University
6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bardo Formally Inaugurated As President Of WSU

WSU's 13th president, Dr. John William Bardo.
Wichita State University

After more than three months on the job, Dr. John Bardo was formally inaugurated Friday as the 13th president of Wichita State University.

Bardo gave his inaugural address to a crowd of faculty, staff, students, state officials and community members– including former WSU President Don Beggs and Gov. Sam Brownback.

He said it is more clear to him than ever that the fortunes of Wichita State and those of the greater Wichita area are linked.

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Art Education
6:43 am
Wed October 3, 2012

New Emporia State Program Aims To Increase Art Therapists In State

Despite a strong hand in the development of the practice, Kansas does not offer a license to art therapists. But the art therapy faculty at Emporia State University are trying to change that.

In 2001 attempt by the Kansas Art Therapy Association to get support for a licensure bill failed.

Legislators told the Kansas Art Therapy Association they needed 100 board certified art therapists practicing in the state for them to consider licensure.

But, says Emporia State University faculty member Libby Schmanke, they just can’t seem to get close to that number.

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Education
7:20 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Regents Request Additional $47 Mil For KS Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents has finalized a plan outlining how much money it will request from lawmakers for the coming fiscal year.

The spending plan includes $47 million in additional funding for the state’s universities.The board says it tried to keep its request as modest as possible.

The funding request includes a 1 percent pay raise for all university employees and additional money targeted at specific programs and goals.

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Youth and Families
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Legislative Candidates Discuss Early Childhood Priorities At Forum

A preschooler reading.
Sarah Gilbert Flickr

Sedgwick County legislative candidates Thursday took questions about early childhood policy and priorities at a forum hosted by the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council.

Sixteen candidates attended the forum on the Heartspring campus in east Wichita. They answered questions on preschool standards, child abuse prevention, childcare costs, early intervention, funding and health care.

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Education
7:05 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Regents to Vote on Budget Requests

The Kansas Board of Regents will vote Thursday on a budget request that includes about $45 million in additional funding for improvements and raises for employees.

The increases are targeted at a variety of areas. Nearly $3 million would go to improve the University of Kansas Medical Center and $5 million to strengthen the College of Architecture at Kansas State University.

The proposal also includes more than $7 million for employee pay raises. That would be a 1 percent raise for all employees of the state universities.

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Education
7:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Kansas Students Slip On Standardized Tests

A student fills out answers on a standardized test form.
Shannan Muskopf Flickr

A new report for Kansas public schools shows that students slipped in their performance on standardized tests during the past school year.

Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander says officials are studying why the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math fell slightly in the 2011-2012 school year.

The figures from the Kansas Department of Education were presented yesterday to the State Board of Education.

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