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10:49 am
Tue June 10, 2014

KNEA Promises To File Lawsuit Against Law Eliminating Teacher Tenure

On Monday, the Kansas National Education Association--or KNEA--promised to file a state-court lawsuit against a new law that eliminates teacher tenure in public schools.

The KNEA represents 23,000 educators in Kansas.

The measure was attached to a school funding bill that takes effect in July.

The law increases state aid by 129 million dollars for poorer school districts, in order to comply with a Kansas Supreme court ruling that found Kansas was not adequately funding its schools.

The union strongly objects to the tenure provision of the bill.

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Education
12:10 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Kansas BOE: Schools Can Now Hire Teachers Without Education Degrees

The State Board of Education has agreed to allow schools to hire teachers for certain subjects who have expertise but no education degree.

The regulations the board approved Tuesday require teachers to meet one of three criteria:

1) They would need an out-of-state license and to pass the licensure tests.

2) At least a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related work experience in science, technology, engineering or math.

3) An industry-recognized certificate in a technical profession and at least five years of related work experience.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Stimulating Young Minds: Early Learning Centers Reach Wichita's Underserved

A preschooler at TOP Early Learning Center South uses an eyedropper to mix water colors during class.
Sean Sandefur

The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita.  Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty.  Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school.  There are hundreds of children on  TOP's waiting list.

An Education Steeped In Exploration

Cornelia Stevens is Executive Director of TOP Early Learning Centers.

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Education
11:30 am
Thu May 22, 2014

$25 M Donation Helps KU Proceed With Building New Health Education Building

The University of Kansas Medical Center has received a $25 million donation from the Hall Family Foundation that will help build a new health education building.

Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, called the building the regents' top educational priority and said he couldn't thank the foundation enough for the donation. Medical center officials said that outdated classrooms and lecture halls threatened the center's accreditation.

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Education
9:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks To Topeka High School Graduates

Credit Wikimedia Commons

  First lady Michelle Obama says young people who've grown up with diversity must lead a national fight against prejudice and discrimination.

Speaking to Topeka high school graduates Friday, the first lady said the historic Brown versus Board of Education ruling against school segregation is "still being decided every single day."

Mrs. Obama said it will take all of today's young people to help solve the nation's problems.

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Education
12:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Kansas BOE Want To Continue Studying 'Innovative Districts' Plan

The Kansas State Board of Education will continue studying a plan to exempt two school districts from many state regulations.

The idea is that exempting schools from regulations may give them more flexibility and lead to better student outcomes.

The McPherson and Concordia districts are the first two seeking approval to become so-called “innovative districts.”

The board decided to form a study committee to meet with officials from the districts and look into some issues raised by board members.

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Education
10:22 am
Mon May 12, 2014

KBOR Expected To Vote On Revised Social Media Policy Soon

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are expected to vote this week on a revised social media policy.

The Board of Regents Governance Committee approved the policy Tuesday. Regents Chairman Fred Logan says the committee made some changes to the proposed policy in response to public comment.

Logan says the revised policy includes “strong support of academic freedom,” and will go to the full regents for a vote on Wednesday.

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Education
10:12 am
Wed May 7, 2014

KU Professor Says It May Take Some Time Before Teachers Will Feel The Effects Of Tenure Repeal

Major changes to teacher employment laws in Kansas will soon be taking effect, eliminating from state law what many people know as “tenure.”

That means administrators will be able to be fire teachers more easily.

It could be several years before we know the full effects of the changes.

Under the old rules, Kansas teachers who had been with a district fewer than three years were on probationary status, and could be let go without a reason.

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Education
10:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

New Washburn Communication Policy Draws Criticism

A newspaper report suggests that faculty members at Washburn University must now alert the school’s administration before they talk to public officials or members of the media.

Academic affairs vice president Randy Pembrook says the policy developed earlier this month was intended only for the university’s deans, and as a way to keep track of their statements or presentations on subjects related to the university.

Education
10:17 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Anti-Tenure Law Protesters Greet Gov. Brownback At Fossil Bill Signing

While on his trip in Western Kansas Wednesday, Governor Brownback was met by teachers protesting a new state law eliminating tenure.

Brownback traveled Wednesday to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays to re-enact his previous signing of a bill naming two official state fossils.

Outside the museum, about 25 teachers and retired teachers protested the anti-tenure law.

The tenure repeal was part of a school funding bill Brownback signed Monday to meet a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor districts. It will take effect in July.

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