12:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Former Cowley College President Could Receive $200K In Separation Agreement

Former Cowley College President Clark Williams resigned from his post under pressure in April. However, Williams could receive more than $200,000 under his separation agreement.

The agreement keeps Williams from suing the college or competing against it. It also keeps college officials and Williams from discussing the settlement terms.

Williams resigned after only nine months on the job. He was criticized for his decisions, including ending the men's and women's soccer programs and firing men's basketball coach Tommy DeSalme.

11:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Washburn And JCCC Receive $12M Grant To Develop Tech Skills Program

Washburn University and Johnson County Community College will receive $12 million dollars federal grants to develop programs to train students in new technology skills.

Washburn president Jerry Farley says the funds will be used mostly for training through the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Studies. He says the school plans to reach out to more veterans with the funding.

The grants were part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which is co-administered by the Labor and Education departments.

12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tax-Credit Funding Of Private School Tuition On Track For January Launch

A Kansas education official says a new tax-credit system to fund private school tuition for low-income students is on track to start in January.

Deputy education commissioner Dale Dennis says application forms for the tuition program are nearly ready.

The program will allow businesses to donate to nonprofit organizations for scholarships for low-income children attending public schools to transfer to private schools. The businesses would receive a tax credit that subtracts 70 percent of their donation from their tax bills.

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12:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Number Of Teachers Retiring On The Rise, Licensing Numbers Remain Flat

Kansas school districts are reporting that teachers are retiring at a higher pace, while the number of newly licensed teachers remains flat.

More than 2,000 teachers retired last school year. The state's education department says that's double the number of teachers that retired five years earlier.

Scott Myers is the department's director of teacher education and licensure. He says the teacher retirement figures are subject to error because it's self-reported data from school districts.

5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Spaght Elementary Embarks On Scholastic Literacy Effort

Prisca Barnes, CEO of Storytime Village, Inc., engages with students at the Read and Rise program kick-off at Spaght Multimedia Magnet Elementary School
Credit Carla Eckels

According to the National Kids Count Data Center, more than half of Kansas 4th graders in public schools scored below the proficient reading level. Literacy advocates in Wichita are hosting events to help improve children’s reading skills. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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11:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

KS Board of Regents To Study Logistics Of Performance-Based Budgeting

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.

11:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Kansans Can Take Free GED Practice Tests

From now through Friday, October 3rd, Kansans who visit a local adult education center can take GED practice tests for free through the See For Free program.

The practice test will help learners see if they are ready for the real GED test, and it gives them a free personalized study plan based on their results.

Today, there are approximately 230,000 Kansans who are without a high school credential.

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10:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

KS Attorney General Wants Teachers' Union Lawsuit Dismissed

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.

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11:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Task Force Begins Reviewing Proposals To Find Efficiencies In Public Schools

A new Kansas commission tasked with creating efficiencies within the state's public school system is beginning a two-day meeting on Thursday at the Statehouse.

A draft recommendation prepared for consideration by the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission shows the panel is considering many proposals.

One calls for offering school districts incentives to consolidate. Another calls for overhauling how teachers are paid.

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1:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

For Kansas Board Of Regents Institutions, General Education Is Key

Maria Blumhorst's English 101 course at Wichita State University.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Originally aired 9-12-14

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.

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