The Kansas Board of Regents is forming a group to study the logistics of basing budgets for the state's universities and colleges at least partly on performance.
Performance-based budgeting ties some a portion of post-secondary institutions' funding to their meeting specific goals. The key is determining what the goals are, how to measure performance, and the amount of funding involved.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to get a lawsuit by the state's largest teachers' union over a new law that ends guaranteed tenure in public schools dismissed.
Schmidt filed his request Monday in Shawnee County District Court in response to the Kansas National Education Association's lawsuit.
The attorney general says the KNEA has no standing to sue over the tenure law because it is not directly harmed. He also argues the union can't show that any individual has been harmed since the law took effect in July.
Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.
University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.
More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.
The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.
A report by a Kansas school board association finds the increase in children receiving free or reduced-price meals is tied to poverty rates and isn't a ploy to boost school funding.
Over the past 15 years, the number of students eligible for the meals had grown from 33 percent to 50 percent.
State lawmakers have raised questions about why there's an increase in students eligible for the meals and whether the growth in applications is linked to schools misusing the formula to get more funding.