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6:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wichita State University's Shocker Hall Makes Its Debut

A dedication for Wichita State University's new dormitories, dubbed Shocker Hall.
Sean Sandefur

After over a year of construction, the new housing complex on the campus of Wichita State University has opened. A dedication was held Thursday afternoon.

Students, parents, faculty and staff shuffled through the new dorm rooms at Wichita State University in a sea of black and gold. Dubbed Shocker Hall, the five-story building will house 784 people, with apartments going for as much as $4,000 a semester.  

In a dedication outside, Wichita State President John Bardo said the building is a sign of things to come.

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Education
12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

KNEA Files Suit Over Kansas Teacher Due Process

The state's largest teachers' union has filed a legal challenge to a law that makes it easier to fire teachers.

The bill eliminates a due process hearing that guaranteed most teachers a chance to appeal a dismissal.

The Kansas National Education Association's attorney, David Schauner, says lawmakers included policy changes and appropriations in the same bill, and the Kansas Constitution doesn't allow that.

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Education
11:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Gov. Brownback Announces Appointments For Kansas Board Of Regents

Gov. Sam Brownback has named a former Kansas House member and two attorneys to the board overseeing the state’s higher education system.

Brownback on Friday announced the appointments of former state Rep. Bill Feuerborn of Garnett, Joseph Bain of Woodland and Zoe Forrester Newton of Sedan to the Board of Regents.

Feuerborn served in the House from 1995 through 2002.

The three will serve through June 2018. Their appointments require state Senate confirmation.

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Education
6:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Regular Enrollment For Wichita Public Schools Ends Thursday Evening

Crystal Engram assists Phung Vuong and Steven Ngo with enrollment at Wichita High School East.
Credit Hugo Phan

Nearly 22 thousand Wichita Public School students have been enrolled so far online, before school starts in August. Schools are also open for in person enrollment through Thursday night.

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Education
11:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

KSU Considers $150M Food Systems Research And Education Facility

Kansas State University is considering a $150 million research facility that would focus on food and complement the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to the university.

K-State President Kirk Schulz has requested $5 million in state funding for next year to begin planning the Food Systems Research and Education Facility.

They discussed the proposal briefly at a Kansas Board of Regents budget session Thursday. Schulz says the project might be years down the road, but he wants to get legislators and other state officials familiar with the request.

Education
10:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Public University Leaders Encouraged To Work On Tuition Proposals Early

Public university leaders in Kansas are being encouraged to start working on next year's tuition proposals now, rather than wait until the spring semester.

Kansas Board of Regents chairman Kenny Wilk says the revenue stream from tuition is too significant to wait until the last minute to get it figured out.

The regents traditionally have received tuition and fee requests from the universities in May before approving them in June.

Education
10:53 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Efficiency Group Considering KS School Spending

A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.

Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.

The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.

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Education
10:42 am
Thu July 17, 2014

International Tech Company Partners With WSU, NIAR

John Tomblin
Credit www.niar.wichita.edu

Tech Mahindra, a leading supplier of tractors, utility vehicles and information technology, announced on July 16, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England that it will collaborate with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on multiple areas of engineering.

Tech Mahindra and WSU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines collaboration in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.

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Education
1:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Education Department Asked To Reconsider Fingerprinting Teachers

A Kansas legislative committee is asking the state's education department to reconsider a plan to fingerprint public school teachers.

During a committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jim Ward said he was concerned that the proposal would violate the privacy rights of the 33,000 longtime teachers who would be fingerprinted. He also objected to a plan to require the teachers to pay $50 for the fingerprinting.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

A Surge Of Hispanic Births Is Leading To Higher Enrollment In Kansas Public Schools

A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population.

The report by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years, Kansas public school enrollment will reach 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

The report’s author, Ted Carter, says most of the increase is because of births among Hispanics, not migration into the state.

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