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10:22 am
Mon May 12, 2014

KBOR Expected To Vote On Revised Social Media Policy Soon

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are expected to vote this week on a revised social media policy.

The Board of Regents Governance Committee approved the policy Tuesday. Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the committee made some changes to the proposed policy in response to public comment.

Logan says the revised policy includes “strong support of academic freedom,” and will go to the full regents for a vote on Wednesday.

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Education
10:12 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KU Professor Says It May Take Some Time Before Teachers Will Feel The Effects Of Tenure Repeal

Major changes to teacher employment laws in Kansas will soon be taking effect, eliminating from state law what many people know as “tenure.”

That means administrators will be able to be fire teachers more easily.

It could be several years before we know the full effects of the changes.

Under the old rules, Kansas teachers who had been with a district fewer than three years were on probationary status, and could be let go without a reason.

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Education
10:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

New Washburn Communication Policy Draws Criticism

A newspaper report suggests that faculty members at Washburn University must now alert the school’s administration before they talk to public officials or members of the media.

Academic affairs vice president Randy Pembrook says the policy developed earlier this month was intended only for the university’s deans, and as a way to keep track of their statements or presentations on subjects related to the university.

Education
10:17 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Anti-Tenure Law Protesters Greet Gov. Brownback At Fossil Bill Signing

While on his trip in Western Kansas Wednesday, Governor Brownback was met by teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure.

Brownback traveled Wednesday to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays to re-enact his previous signing of a bill naming two official state fossils.

Outside the museum, about 25 teachers and retired teachers protested the anti-tenure law.

The tenure repeal was part of a school funding bill Brownback signed Monday to meet a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor districts. It will take effect in July.

Education
1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Social Media Policy Stands - Now With First Amendment Language

The social media policy adopted by the public university system in Kansas is still being debated. A work group assigned to review and recommend changes to the policy presented their revisions last week. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more...

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Education
10:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback Joins KU Officials In Applauding New Health Education Building

Governor Brownback will join KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan, among other officials, at the KU Medical Center to applaud budget enhancements.

A bill passed by the Legislature includes $25 million in state-backed bonding authority for a new health education building, which is estimated to cost $75 million dollars.

KU officials say the building is needed in part to train more doctors. With it, KU will increase the class size by 25 to 200 students.

Education
10:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UPDATE: Governor Brownback's Signs Education Funding Bill

Updated at 12:40 on April 21, 2014: Gov. Brownback announced in a press release on Monday that he has decided to sign HB 2506. The bill addresses school funding equity issues pointed out in a Kansas Supreme Court decision.

A deadline is approaching for Governor Sam Brownback to make a decision on whether to sign a bill on spending for Kansas’ public schools.

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Education
11:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.

The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.

The date of the ceremony is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

One of the lawsuits leading to the decision originated in Topeka, and the city is home to a national historic site centered on the ruling.

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Education
12:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

KBOR Committee Throws Out Recommended Social Media Policy Revision

Some controversial social media rules for state university employees are getting a review from the Kansas Board of Regents. But for now, regents are standing by the main tenets of the policy.

Employees can be disciplined or fired for social media posts that violate the rules, including statements judged not to be in the best interest of a university or that interfere with a university's operation.

A Board of Regents committee on Wednesday rejected a recommendation to simply scale back the scope of the policy. Regent Fred Logan says the policy is carefully written.

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Education
10:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Revised Social Media Policy Receives Endorsement From Over 80 Distinguished Professors

More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.

The professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy “exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy.”

The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.

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