Kansas State University is considering a $150 million research facility that would focus on food and complement the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to the university.
K-State President Kirk Schulz has requested $5 million in state funding for next year to begin planning the Food Systems Research and Education Facility.
They discussed the proposal briefly at a Kansas Board of Regents budget session Thursday. Schulz says the project might be years down the road, but he wants to get legislators and other state officials familiar with the request.
A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.
Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.
The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.
Tech Mahindra, a leading supplier of tractors, utility vehicles and information technology, announced on July 16, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England that it will collaborate with Wichita State University and its National Institute for Aviation Research on multiple areas of engineering.
Tech Mahindra and WSU have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines collaboration in the areas of aerospace engineering, certification, information technology and automotive testing.
A Kansas legislative committee is asking the state's education department to reconsider a plan to fingerprint public school teachers.
During a committee meeting Monday, Rep. Jim Ward said he was concerned that the proposal would violate the privacy rights of the 33,000 longtime teachers who would be fingerprinted. He also objected to a plan to require the teachers to pay $50 for the fingerprinting.
Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.
The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It’s a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.
The Kansas State Board of Education has voted not to release scores from a new standardized test. The computerized math and reading test for public school students was plagued with problems. As Stephen Koranda reports, glitches and cyberattacks disrupted testing for many students, so the results may not be valid.
The test was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, known as CETE. Board member John Bacon, from Olathe, says taxpayers need to know they’re getting their money’s worth.
The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, though the board’s approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education.
The board’s proposals would phase in over two years an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015, but funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers.
Kansas State Board of Education members face a decision about how much data to release from statewide math and reading tests after public schools faced problems administering the exams.
The board’s discussion today is a response to cyberattacks and glitches in the computerized testing system earlier this year.
The Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas told the board last month that it should not release data for individual schools and districts. The biggest problems occurred with testing from March 10 to April 10.