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A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population. The report by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years, Kansas public school enrollment will reach 500,000 for the first time since 1970. The report’s author, Ted Carter, says most of the increase is because of births among Hispanics, not migration into the state. Total student enrollment has been growing steadily since the 2006-2007 school year. But...

Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools. Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts." The law is designed to give up to 29 districts flexibility in following education rules and regulations....

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Mar 27, 2013

Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders.

Updated 9:30 AM The Kansas House and Senate will negotiate differences in their budget proposals; Pilot program for Kansas school districts under consideration; Lawmakers need more information on corporate farming law; Delaware tribe may more headquarters to Kan. Delaware Tribe May Move Headquarters to Kan. The Delaware Tribe of Indians is considering moving the tribe's headquarters from Oklahoma to Kansas. Dee Ketchum, a former chief of the tribe, says it is looking for property in the state...

A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today. The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved House Bill 2253 , which prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits. HB 2253 would also prevent abortion providers from distributing information for schools' sex education courses. Additionally, no school...

A Kansas Senate committee rejects Brownbacks third-grade reading plan; University of Kansas study shows DEA reduces risk of pre-term birth. Senate Panel Rejects Kansas Reading Initiative A Kansas Senate committee Tuesday rejected Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back third-graders who fail the state reading test. Gov. Brownback wants to bar schools from promoting third-graders to fourth grade if they fail to read at a proficient level on state tests. The bill also included a grant system...

Brownback's Reading Plan Gets Hearing

Feb 26, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal requiring school districts to hold back Kansas third-graders who aren't proficient in reading is getting mixed reviews in the Legislature. The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Monday on the plan. The proposal includes $10 million in grant money for intervention programs to help third-graders meet state standards in reading. Brownback policy director Jon Hummell says the goal isn't to keep children from advancing to fourth grade but to improve overall...

Winter weather brings delays and cancellations; Heavy snow won't cure the Kansas drought; Brownback's reading plan draws criticism. Second Round Of Winter Weather Brings More Cancellations And Delays Monday's snow storm is winding down and streets are being cleared in Wichita. Wichita city government offices are open, and there will be the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Municipal courts will be open Tuesday for business. All polling places for the primary municipal election Tuesday...

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Updated: 5:32 AM The snow is here, and more is expected. Many schools have canceled classes and activities.

KS Schools Could See Small Boost In Per-Pupil Funding

Feb 18, 2013

Kansas' public schools could receive a slight increases in per-student spending starting in fiscal year 2015. The State House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee's report on K-12 spending Monday morning. The subcommittee's budget allocates more than $3 billion dollars for all public schools. Funding per pupil would remain at $3,838 for fiscal year 2014 but would increase marginally by $14 per pupil starting July 1, 2014. The Senate Ways and Means Committee also reviewed funding...

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