Education

Education
8:46 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite BOE Support, State-Funded All-Day Kindergarten Not Backed By Lawmakers

A five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, but leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren't backing it yet.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley of Ark City says she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state's reserve fund.

Governor Brownback's proposal calls for spending $16 million dollars a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state.

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Board of Regents
2:56 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Regents Social Media Policy Drawing Criticism

A new social media policy passed by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing fire.

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Education Funding
12:56 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Brownback Supports Funding All-Day Kindergarten

Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to propose the state pick up the additional cost of providing all-day kindergarten in Kansas public schools.

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Education
9:01 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kansas BOE To Decide The Relevancy Of Cursive Handwriting

Kansas State Board of Education members will decide this week whether the state's new handwriting standards will ask schools to ensure fifth- and sixth-graders can write legibly in cursive.

Multi-state academic standards the state adopted in 2010 require schools to teach young students cursive.

Some educators question whether it's a necessary skill, since people are using computer and cell phone keyboards more in communicating.

Still, cursive has its advocates.

A handful of states including Kansas have moved to include teaching it in their academic standards.

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Education
8:24 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Education Officials Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Common Core Science Standards

Kansas education officials want to dismiss a federal lawsuit over new, multi-state science standards.

The group that filed the suit claims the guidelines promote atheism and violate students' religious freedoms.

Attorneys for the State Board of Education, its 10 members, the Department of Education, and Commissioner Diane DeBacker filed the request on Thursday.

They argued that Citizens for Objective Public Education and the 15 parents who joined it in the suit can't show they were harmed by the standards, which were adopted in June.

Education
7:25 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Kansas Receives $100,000 To Promote Local Food In Schools

Kansas is one of 42 states and 71 programs nationwide to receive federal grants that focus on using locally grown food in schools and agriculture education programs.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says eight school districts with AG-ed programs will be selected to receive $12,500 each.

They'll use the money to develop a way to get local food served in school meal programs.

The goal is to get a minimum of two locally produced food items served in school cafeterias each month.

Education
7:56 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KU Faces Lawsuits After Alleged Misuse Of Grant Money

A former University of Kansas lab director says he was fired for reporting improper uses of grant funds.

David S. Moore's lawsuit alleges that he was fired last month as retaliation for "expressing good faith concerns" about the financial management and accountability for KU's Microscopy Analysis and Imaging Laboratory in Lawrence.

Moore alleges the university inappropriately charged administration, overhead and related expenses to the lab that did not comply with federal rules for spending grant money.

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Education
7:40 am
Fri November 15, 2013

New Reading Initiative Targeted Towards High-Poverty School Districts

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed a new initiative to help school children read.

He wants to use $9 million in each of the next two years from federal assistance funds for low-income families.

Most of the money would come from the Department for Children and Families, which would tap funds from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

The program typically provides cash assistance to families in poverty.

A number of high-poverty urban and rural school districts would be targeted through after-school reading programs.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Brownback To Announce Plans To Improve Reading Proficiency Among Students

Governor Sam Brownback, school officials and other community organizations will announce a plan on Thursday to improve reading proficiency among grade-school students.

The governor will share more details at a Boys and Girls Club center in Topeka.

School officials from Chetopa, Galena, and Pittsburg as well as representatives of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Enrichment Network will join him.

This year, Governor Brownback proposed legislation to hold back students who were not proficient in reading.

Achievement Tests
4:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Board of Education Considering Testing Options

The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students.

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