5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Kansas Struggling To Provide Summer Meals To Students In Need

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It’s estimated that almost half of the students enrolled in Kansas public schools receive free or reduced-priced meals. But of those 185,784 children, only about 7 percent take advantage of meals offered in the summer. That ranks Kansas 48th in the country. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports . . .

Breakfast and Lunch in the Summer?

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6:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Program Hopes To Gear Up Students For Higher Education



Wichita State University will launch a new college readiness program in local public schools next week. It’s expected to include close to 2,000 students. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.


Wichita State University received a grant last year of over $10 million to start two Gear Up programs in the Wichita area. Gear Up stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The initiative will start with current seventh graders, and mentor them through their freshman year of college. Riccardo Harris is executive director of Gear Up North.

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2:56 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Haskell Indian Nations University To Provide Remedial English Program In The Summer

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Haskell Indian Nations University will use a federal grant to provide a summer literature program for freshmen who need to improve their remedial English.

The university in Lawrence announced this month that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded it a $99,800 grant to develop a "Summer Bridge Program in Literature." The university has been studying how to help students who arrive on campus unprepared for regular college work.

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1:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Deadline To Run For Wichita Public Schools BOE Draws Near

The filing deadline to run for a seat on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is drawing near. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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11:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

KS Court Ruling Could Bolster Effort to Revamp School Funding

The Kansas Senate Chamber.
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Governor Sam Brownback and some legislators have been saying Kansas should rewrite the funding formula used to distribute state tax dollars to K-12 schools.

A court ruled last week that the state is underfunding Kansas schools.

As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, that decision may add more energy to the call to rewrite the school finance formula.

In a previous ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state’s finance system should be judged by determining if the spending levels achieve certain student outcomes.

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12:50 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Critics Of Kansas' Science Standards Appeals Ruling

A nonprofit group that believes science standards for Kansas public schools promote atheism has appealed a federal judge's dismissal of its lawsuit.

Citizens for Objective Public Education went to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday.

They want to overturn U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's recent decision that rejected their claim that the standards violate the religious freedoms of students and parents.

Crabtree ruled that opponents did not allege specific enough injuries from their adoption last year to allow the lawsuit to proceed.

2:09 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Shawnee County District Court: Kansas' School Funding Is Inadequate

Santa Fe Trail School District Superintendent Steve Pegram
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A three-judge panel in Shawnee County says state spending on public schools in Kansas is unconstitutionally low. The judges call the current funding level “inadequate from any rational perspective.”

Santa Fe Trail School District is one of the districts involved in the lawsuit. Superintendent Steve Pegram says he’s not surprised by the ruling, but he expects the state to appeal the decision.

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3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

WSU's Vizzini Elected To National Academy Of Inventors Fellowship

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Wichita State University Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini has been chosen as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his numerous scientific and academic contributions.

Those who have been elected for this high professional distinction have demonstrated "a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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3:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WSU Receives $11.25M: Largest Corporate Foundation Gift To Date

Elizabeth King WSU Foundation president and CEO
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The largest corporate foundation gift in the history of Wichita State University was announced Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….

Wichita State University will receive $11.25 million from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. President John Bardo says it will be split five ways.

"It really covers almost the whole waterfront of the University," says Bardo. "Obviously, it starts in athletics and will help us expand our capacities around Koch Arena. That’s particularly important as athletics is always an arms race and this gets us the next step.”

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6:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KS Education Commission Final Meeting Scheduled For January

K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission Chair Sam Williams.
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The Kansas K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will continue meeting next month.

Their goal is to wrap up recommendations for cutting costs and improving student outcomes.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the group considered several bills they could recommend to lawmakers Monday, but most of them were either rejected or sent back for more work.

Part of the concern is that several of the proposed bills created new study groups and didn’t actually recommend policy changes for Kansas.

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