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Education
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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Education
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.

Education
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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Education
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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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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