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Education
12:36 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

KBOE Preparing To Approve New Teacher Licensing Rules

The Kansas State Board of Education is preparing to approve regulations for implementing a new state law allowing teaching licenses for people with relevant experience but no education degree.

Legislators approved the measure as a way to increase the available pool of teachers in science, math, engineering and technology in secondary schools.

The board has already given the regulations preliminary approval. Final approval at a meeting today is the last step before the law takes effect July 1.

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Education
12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

KS Universities, Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement

A new agreement signed by universities and community colleges in Kansas can help students earn associate degrees. The program is aimed at helping students who transfer from a community college to a university.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

KBOR Approves 5 Percent Tuition Hike For WSU

The Kansas Board of Regents is raising tuition and fees at state universities this fall, which includes Wichita State University. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

The resident undergraduate rate for tuition and fees ranges from a 2.5 percent increase at Fort Hays State University to a 5.7 percent increase at Kansas State University-Salina.

The increases will provide almost 29 million dollars in additional revenues for the universities in the system.

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Education
12:19 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases

The Kansas Board of Regents will consider proposed tuition increases at a meeting this week. Breeze Richardson, with the board, says this will be the final step in the process. Universities have spent the last few months developing and submitting their proposals.

“Those proposals were brought forth at last month’s meeting," Richardson says. "And then the final proposals will be presented tomorrow and voted upon.”

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Education
12:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Board Of Regents Starts On Budget For Higher Education

The Kansas Board of Regents is in the early stages of writing a budget request for the state’s higher education system. On Wednesday, they’ll start discussions on the spending plan they’ll submit to Governor Sam Brownback.

Breeze Richardson, with the board, says they'll be writing a two-year budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

She says this is only the second time the board will write a two-year budget in recent memory, and it requires a little more forethought.

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Education
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Washburn To Build New $30M Residence Hall

Washburn University is going to build a 350-bed residence hall on the east side of its campus in Topeka to end waiting lists for housing and ease congestion in its student union dining hall.

The university’s Board of Regents approved the hiring of an architectural firm last week.

Officials say construction is expected to begin next March, with the hall expected to be ready in August of 2016.

The new hall will have its own dining space and cost about $30 million to build.

Education
11:21 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Kansas Judges: New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate

A panel of Kansas judges ruled yesterday that a new education funding law complies with a state Supreme Court mandate to increase aid to poor public schools.

The panel in Shawnee County District Court declined the state’s request to dismiss all the claims from a 2010 lawsuit that questioned the fairness of the state’s school funding formula, however.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Panel Of Judges To Decide If New Education Law Meets State Supreme Court Mandate To Fund Schools

A panel of three state-court judges in Shawnee County District Court is reviewing a new education funding law to decide if it meets a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

The Supreme Court ruled in March that past cuts in state aid for poor schools created unconstitutional gaps in funding between them and wealthier districts.

In April, lawmakers increased aid to poor districts by $129 million dollars for the next school year. The panel will consider whether that action is sufficient to meet the mandate.

Education
10:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

KNEA Promises To File Lawsuit Against Law Eliminating Teacher Tenure

On Monday, the Kansas National Education Association--or KNEA--promised to file a state-court lawsuit against a new law that eliminates teacher tenure in public schools.

The KNEA represents 23,000 educators in Kansas.

The measure was attached to a school funding bill that takes effect in July.

The law increases state aid by 129 million dollars for poorer school districts, in order to comply with a Kansas Supreme court ruling that found Kansas was not adequately funding its schools.

The union strongly objects to the tenure provision of the bill.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees

The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.

The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:

1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.

2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.

3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.

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