Education

Education
10:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kansas Dept. Of Education Changing Rules To Hire More Technical Ed Instructors

Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations so school districts can hire more technical education instructors.

The state Department of Education is writing changes that would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach in public schools.

The Department of Ed is designing the changes to help districts hire people who have industry certification or career experience in technical fields like plumbing or welding.

People receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis.

Education
9:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

University Of Kansas To Begin Construction On Two New Dorm Halls

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

Education
11:21 am
Tue February 25, 2014

WSU President John Bardo Proposes 'Innovation Campus'

Credit wichita.edu

Wichita State President John Bardo gave an outlook of the coming 2013-2014 school year on Monday afternoon. His presentation included new construction planned for the campus.

According to Bardo, a big part of the future of the university is what they are calling "Innovation Campus." This will give an opportunity to outside companies to build infrastructure on school grounds - bringing with them new ideas, technology, jobs and internships.

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Education
9:46 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gov. Brownback Visits Schools To Drum Up Support For All-Day Kindergarten

Governor Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools on Tuesday to build more support for his proposal to fund all-day Kindergarten across Kansas.

Governor Brownback has asked legislators to increase state support by $16 million dollars a year over five years, until the program is fully funded.

The governor is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake today; he visited a school in Topeka on Monday.

Education
10:04 am
Thu February 20, 2014

House Committee Hears Testimony Over Bill That Would Ban Common Core Standards

The Kansas House Education Committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar using Common Core academic standards for reading and math in public schools.

Supporters and opponents of Common Core filled the meeting room yesterday.

Witnesses had 90 seconds each to address the committee, which asked no questions and took no action on the bill.

The bill would reverse the state Board of Education's adoption of the standards in 2010. It would also create an advisory group to develop new guidelines for math and reading.

Education
10:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance?

Stanley Elementary teacher Cathy Granell says Common Core Standards are benefiting her students.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to hear a bill today (Feb. 19, 2014) that seeks to repeal Common Core academic standards throughout the state. The standards have become quite a divisive issue.

 

   

Cathy Granell has been a teacher for 18 years and has been at Stanley Elementary for four. She says that the adoption of the Common Core standards forced her to change her approach to lesson planning.

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Education
10:08 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kansas State Board Of Education Reconsidering How Teachers Are Licensed

The Kansas State Board of Education is thinking about changing how teachers are licensed.

Board members have wanted to review the licensing process for years, and the increased scarcity of technical and career education teachers sped up the process.

The Kansas Department of Education is proposing board members change the regulations to allow for the issuance of a three-year, renewable part-time teaching permit for people with industry-recognized certification or other experience in specialized industries.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

BACKGROUND

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Education
10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Professors Ask Board Of Regents To Temporarily Suspend New Social Media Policy

More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

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