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10:12 am
Fri April 4, 2014

State Senate Advances Education Funding Bill

Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Senate has advanced a plan to respond to a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding.

The court said lawmakers created inequalities between school districts by cutting certain types of education funds.

The bill would shift money into funds aimed at reducing those disparities.

Dollars would be moved from school transportation as well as other areas of the budget. Senator Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said they are prioritizing spending.

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Education
10:02 am
Fri April 4, 2014

House Committee Revises Funding Plan To Provide Aid To Local School Districts

The House Appropriations Committee has revised its school funding plan to be more generous in providing aid to local school districts.

The State Supreme Court ruled in March that lawmakers created inequalities between school districts by cutting education funds.

The bill is designed to satisfy the ruling’s call to increase funding.

It contains an additional $141 million dollars in aid for those districts for the next school year.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Kansas House Education Plan Stalls

Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas Senate will debate an education funding bill on Thursday, while a similar bill has hit a snag in the House.

The bills are a response to a state Supreme Court ruling saying Kansas created inequalities between wealthy and poorer school districts when lawmakers cut education funding.

Leaders in both chambers had been planning to hold debates on Thursday.

Both bills use a mix of new money and dollars shifted from other areas to try to comply with the court ruling and reduce disparities between districts.

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Education
12:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Math And Reading Assessments Slowed Down By A Series Of Cyber Attacks

Kansas schools already struggling to administer math and reading assessment tests have another problem now.

State education officials say unknown people launched cyber attacks against the tests.

The attackers slowed down or disabled networks used to administer the tests by overwhelming them with traffic, rather than hacking into them.

The attacks started Thursday and briefly stopped on Sunday.

Testing ran smoothly on Monday but the cyber attacks resumed on Tuesday.

Education
10:11 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansans Walk 60 Miles To Show Support For Kansas Public Schools

Education advocates walk to the Kansas Statehouse for a ceremonial end to the trip.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Four parents and a teacher have walked from Johnson County to the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to show their support for Kansas public schools.

The Kansans who made the 60-mile trek say they want lawmakers to reverse more of the funding cuts made during the recession.

Devin Wilson of Lenexa says he's a lifelong Kansan and a lifelong Republican.

Wilson wants lawmakers to increase funding to help reverse the trend of increased class sizes.

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Education
11:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades Resigns Over Education Bill

Credit Stephen Koranda

Updated Monday, Mar. 31, 2:30 pm: House Speaker Ray Merrick names replacement for Rhodes. 

The House Appropriations Committee's chairman has resigned from the committee because he says he can't support a school funding plan drafted by the chamber's Republican leaders.

Newton Republican Marc Rhoades resigned Monday, just before the start of his committee's hearings on the plan.

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Education
10:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas House Appropriations Committee Starts Hearings Over Education Funding

The Kansas House Appropriations Committee will start hearings Monday on a budget bill to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling over education funding.

However, the bill will cover more than just school spending.

The budget bill before the committee includes other policy items like rewriting teacher licensure rules. Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, told committee members last week about the broad scope of the discussion.

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Education
11:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Restrict Data Mining Of Students

The Kansas House will debate legislation today that restricts the identifiable information collected on public school students.

Supporters want to protect the identity of students and limit disclosure of that information to specific agencies.

Those authorized to see the data include: the local school district, the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Board of Regents and public health agencies.

Legislators are concerned that data would be used inappropriately and shared with the federal government or other entities without parental consent.

Education
10:58 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Fort Hays State University Might Absorb Dodge City Community College

Dodge City Community College could become part of Fort Hays State University, under a new proposal.

The community college's Board of Trustees has been discussing the proposal, which would create the first public four-year degree-granting college in southwest Kansas.

It includes developing an Institute of Applied Technology at what could be known as Fort Hays State University at Dodge City.

The board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday to pursue the proposal.

Education
10:24 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Delay Work on Education Funding

Kansas lawmakers have delayed committee work on education funding bills.

The legislation is being taken up in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that determined there are unconstitutional funding disparities between school districts.

House and Senate committees had been expected to work on the bills on Monday.

Republican Senator Ty Masterson, from Andover, says his committee is not yet in a position to begin work.

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