public schools

5:51 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Brownback Requests Hold On School Funding Ruling

Gov. Sam Brownback is seeking mediation in a lawsuit over school funding.

A district court recently ruled that the state isn't meeting constitutional requirements and needs to increase funding for Kansas schools.

Brownback asked the state Attorney General to seek a hold on the ruling, so all parties involved have time to study solutions. The filings also request the court to appoint a mediator, in attempt to reach an agreement outside of courtroom.

The school funding lawsuit was filed on behalf of students, parents and four school districts.

2013 Legislative Session
5:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawmakers Hear School Efficiency Suggestions

The head of a school efficiency task force Monday presented school efficiency recommendations to lawmakers in Topeka. The House and Senate education committees are meeting jointly this week to review education issues.

Gov. Sam Brownback formed the task force to look for ways to spend education funding more efficiently.

The task force endorsed cutting back teachers' bargaining rights and reviewing tenure, so administrators have more flexibility in hiring and firing. They also recommended merging school district administrations and redrawing some district boundaries.

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5:44 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Top Morning News 01.29.13

Kansas GOP names Wichitan as new chair; Task force presents school efficiency ideas to lawmakers; Continuing drought taking toll on Kansas wheat.

Kansas GOP Has New Chair

Kansas Republicans have picked Wichita's Kelly Arnold as the state GOP's new chair.

Kelly Arnold has been the GOP's vice chair for the past two years. He has been both executive director and chair of the Sedgwick County party.

Arnold will replace Amanda Adkins, who chaired the state party for four years.

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5:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Top Morning News 01.22.13

Kansas legislators from both sides endorse shorter session; Kansas school efficiency report released; Political figure Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan.

KS Legislators Agree To Trim 2013 Session

Kansas legislative leaders from both parties have endorsed plans to shorten this year's annual session to 80 days.

If they're successful, the Legislature will trim 10 days off the normal 90 days that leaders expect each year.

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9:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Emporia BOE: Security Guards Will Be Armed

Security guards at Emporia's high school and middle school will be able to carry guns starting February 1. 

The Emporia school district's board of education voted Wednesday to allow the security guards to carry guns while on duty at the schools. Currently, all school employees are banned from carrying guns. 

Superintendent Theresa Davidson said the change will move the district closer to a comprehensive plan for making all students and staff safe.

6:30 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Top Morning News 10.19.12

Kansas unemployment rate drops in September; Lead House Democrat knocks Gov. Brownback's website for school reporting; 14-year-old files lawsuit against Brownback administration

KS Unemployment Drops to 5.9 Percent In Sept.

A new report says the Kansas jobless rate dropped below 6 percent in September for the first time in almost four years.

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7:06 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Kansas Students Slip On Standardized Tests

A student fills out answers on a standardized test form.
Shannan Muskopf Flickr

A new report for Kansas public schools shows that students slipped in their performance on standardized tests during the past school year.

Deputy Education Commissioner Brad Neuenswander says officials are studying why the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards in reading and math fell slightly in the 2011-2012 school year.

The figures from the Kansas Department of Education were presented yesterday to the State Board of Education.

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Board of Education
8:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Board of Ed Supports Districts Seeking To Use Alternate Student Tests

The Kansas State Board of Education is supporting three school districts that want to use an alternative to state approved tests.

The schools want to use tests from the group ACT to measure student performance instead of state assessments.

The districts are Clifton - Clyde, McPherson and Kansas City, Kansas.

The districts will have to apply to the federal government for a waiver to use the alternative tests.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to support the request.

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