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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.