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1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Social Media Policy Stands - Now With First Amendment Language

The social media policy adopted by the public university system in Kansas is still being debated. A work group assigned to review and recommend changes to the policy presented their revisions last week. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more...

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Education
10:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback Joins KU Officials In Applauding New Health Education Building

Governor Brownback will join KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan, among other officials, at the KU Medical Center to applaud budget enhancements.

A bill passed by the Legislature includes $25 million in state-backed bonding authority for a new health education building, which is estimated to cost $75 million dollars.

KU officials say the building is needed in part to train more doctors. With it, KU will increase the class size by 25 to 200 students.

Education
10:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

UPDATE: Governor Brownback's Signs Education Funding Bill

Updated at 12:40 on April 21, 2014: Gov. Brownback announced in a press release on Monday that he has decided to sign HB 2506. The bill addresses school funding equity issues pointed out in a Kansas Supreme Court decision.

A deadline is approaching for Governor Sam Brownback to make a decision on whether to sign a bill on spending for Kansas’ public schools.

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Education
11:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Speech For Topeka High School Graduates In May

First Lady Michelle Obama will give the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for Topeka’s high schools on May 17th.

The White House announced the first lady’s plans on Thursday.

The date of the ceremony is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

One of the lawsuits leading to the decision originated in Topeka, and the city is home to a national historic site centered on the ruling.

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Education
12:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

KBOR Committee Throws Out Recommended Social Media Policy Revision

Some controversial social media rules for state university employees are getting a review from the Kansas Board of Regents. But for now, regents are standing by the main tenets of the policy.

Employees can be disciplined or fired for social media posts that violate the rules, including statements judged not to be in the best interest of a university or that interfere with a university's operation.

A Board of Regents committee on Wednesday rejected a recommendation to simply scale back the scope of the policy. Regent Fred Logan says the policy is carefully written.

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Education
10:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Revised Social Media Policy Receives Endorsement From Over 80 Distinguished Professors

More than 80 distinguished professors have endorsed a new proposed social media policy for Kansas universities.

The professors, from several universities, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents saying the proposed policy “exemplifies the role of scholarship for public intellectuals in a democracy.”

The new policy was proposed by a work group formed by the regents. It proposed a strictly advisory social media policy for university faculty and staff.

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Education
10:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Brownback Visits Kansas Universities

Governor Sam Brownback will be visiting universities in Kansas on Monday.

Eileen Hawley, a Brownback spokesperson, says he’ll be meeting with university officials and talking about the importance of higher education in the state.

"The universities help drive the economy," Hawley says. "They provide a highly skilled work force and they create the next generations of teachers, doctors and business people so its really important for us to invest and have a good vision for higher education in Kansas. " 

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Education
10:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Cowley College President Clark Williams Resigns

After less than a year on the job, Cowley College President Clark Williams has suddenly resigned.

Williams resigned from the college in Arkansas City yesterday after complaints about his decision to eliminate the college’s soccer programs.

More than 200 people attended a special meeting of the Cowley College Board of Trustees Wednesday to express concern about the college's direction. The trustees met in closed session and no action was taken at the meeting.

Executive vice president of business services Tony Crouch will serve as interim president, effective today.

Education
10:30 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker Steps Down To Take Job In Abu Dhabi

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker is resigning to become an adviser to the chief education official in Abu Dhabi.

DeBacker told the State Board of Education yesterday she will step down on May 14th.

Debacker says she was recruited to become the adviser to the director general of the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates.

DeBacker is a 53-year-old Kansas native who joined the State Department of Education in 2003. She was named acting commissioner in 2009, and the board then named her commissioner in 2010.

Education
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kansas Legislature Passes Education Bill

The state Legislature narrowly backed a bill last night that would boost funding to poor school districts and eliminate tenure for teachers.

Teachers wearing red shirts looked on in protest as 63 House members - the minimum needed - voted in favor of the bill, while 57 voted against it.

Hours earlier, the Senate approved it with a 22-16 vote. It needed 21 votes to pass.

The bill now heads to Governor Sam Brownback, who has already released a statement praising it.

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