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Education
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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Education
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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Education
12:29 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KU To Create Task Force To Handle Sexual Assault Cases

The University of Kansas will create a task force and require training in response to criticism of its handling of sexual assault complaints.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says that the task force will review the university's current policies and practices and recommend improvements.

In a message on her website, Gray-Little said she wants to ensure that students, faculty and staff take training on the subject and not completing the training will lead to sanctions.

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Education
11:33 am
Wed September 10, 2014

KU Students Pressure School To Improve Sexual Assault Response

University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.

More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.

The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.

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Education
12:37 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

KSU Experiences Possible Graduate Program Data Leak

Kansas State University officials say personal information from applicants for its graduate program in agronomy might have been exposed on the Internet.

The university says it notified 19 people yesterday who applied for the program between 2010 and 2013 about the possible problem, which did not involve outside hackers.

Information from 56 other applicants was exposed , but the school said that information wasn't likely to result in credit fraud.

Spokesman Jeff Morris says the error happened when student information was being moved into a central management system.

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Education
11:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Report: Universities Aren't Doing Enough To Explain The Financial Burdens Of Student Loans

Two Kansas State University professors have authored a report that finds most universities are not offering students enough help in understanding the financial burdens that student loans pose.

Sonya Britt and Dottie Durband's report, released this week, outlines different ways to educate students, ranging from classroom-based programs to individual counseling.

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Education
9:56 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Growth In Free Meal Eligibility Isn't Ploy To Boost School Funding

A report by a Kansas school board association finds the increase in children receiving free or reduced-price meals is tied to poverty rates and isn't a ploy to boost school funding.

Over the past 15 years, the number of students eligible for the meals had grown from 33 percent to 50 percent.

State lawmakers have raised questions about why there's an increase in students eligible for the meals and whether the growth in applications is linked to schools misusing the formula to get more funding.

Education
11:11 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Emporia State University Receives Gift For Fine-Arts Program

A fine-arts degree program that Emporia State University says is unique in the country is being enhanced with a gift from the company that helped start the program.

The university partnered with Emporia-based Glendo Corporation in 2005 to establish a four-year degree program in engraving arts. Glendo produces a range of engraving tools that are sold in more than 100 countries.

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Education
12:45 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: Some Topeka Educators Have Illegal Access To Information About Student Family Income

Reports this week indicate that some educators in the Topeka school district have had illegal access to data that identifies students from low-income families. This is legally protected as confidential.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that principals and other educators were able to see the data through the district's student information platform called PowerSchool. The data is used to determine which students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

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Education
1:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kansas Board Of Regents Gives Preliminary Approval To Budget For Projects

The Kansas Board of Regents has given preliminary approval to a $38.6 million budget for specific projects.

However, on Thursday the Regents also rejected a request for almost $24 million to increase funding for post-secondary school to cover inflation.

The board will finalize the recommendations in September and forward it to Gov. Sam Brownback to consider while he devises a budget to present to the Legislature.

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