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.
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.
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…
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.