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.

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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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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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.

10:51 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Lawrence School District To Use National Sex Education Standards

Lawrence's school district will use national sexuality education standards this year, rather than state standards.

Sarah Oatsvall, the district's assistant director of teaching and learning, says the national standards are more comprehensive than state standards approved by the State Board of Education in 2006.

The goal is to improve the students' self-image, promote good behaviors and help students make good decisions, she said.

The national standards include more information about birth control and sexual orientation.

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6:13 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Wichita State Plans Expansion Around Innovation

An overview of the plans for Innovation Campus
Wichita State University

Wichita State University outlined a plan on Friday to bring private companies onto campus for the sake of innovation. The presentation, which was held on campus, included designs for a number of new buildings. 

The fairways of Braeburn Golf Course on Wichita State’s campus will soon have a far different look. The links will be the site of Innovation Campus, a 20-year expansion that will include more than a dozen new buildings. 

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11:07 am
Fri August 15, 2014

NIAR Opens New Ballistics And Impact Dynamics Lab

WSU’s NIAR Ballistics and Impact Dynamics Research Lab located in the former Britt Brown Arena at the Kansas Coliseum.
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Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research recently opened a new Ballistics and Impact Dynamics Research Lab within the former Britt Brown Arena at the Kansas Coliseum.

The new ballistics lab, part of NIAR’s environmental Test Labs, uses a custom built ballistic firing device to propel 22-50 caliber rounds into components inside a concrete containment building. The test is designed to simulate the impact of a structural failure on the aircraft.

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6:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wichita State University's Shocker Hall Makes Its Debut

A dedication for Wichita State University's new dormitories, dubbed Shocker Hall.
Sean Sandefur

After over a year of construction, the new housing complex on the campus of Wichita State University has opened. A dedication was held Thursday afternoon.

Students, parents, faculty and staff shuffled through the new dorm rooms at Wichita State University in a sea of black and gold. Dubbed Shocker Hall, the five-story building will house 784 people, with apartments going for as much as $4,000 a semester.  

In a dedication outside, Wichita State President John Bardo said the building is a sign of things to come.

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12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

KNEA Files Suit Over Kansas Teacher Due Process

The state's largest teachers' union has filed a legal challenge to a law that makes it easier to fire teachers.

The bill eliminates a due process hearing that guaranteed most teachers a chance to appeal a dismissal.

The Kansas National Education Association's attorney, David Schauner, says lawmakers included policy changes and appropriations in the same bill, and the Kansas Constitution doesn't allow that.

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11:42 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Gov. Brownback Announces Appointments For Kansas Board Of Regents

Gov. Sam Brownback has named a former Kansas House member and two attorneys to the board overseeing the state’s higher education system.

Brownback on Friday announced the appointments of former state Rep. Bill Feuerborn of Garnett, Joseph Bain of Woodland and Zoe Forrester Newton of Sedan to the Board of Regents.

Feuerborn served in the House from 1995 through 2002.

The three will serve through June 2018. Their appointments require state Senate confirmation.

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