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Updated 9:21 a.m.

Wichita’s school board on Monday unanimously approved a new 190-day school year -- 15 days longer than the current calendar.

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Children who come from low-income families, have disabilities, aren’t white or don’t speak English at home appear to be disproportionately paying the price of Kansas’ teacher shortage, according to an analysis by the Kansas News Service.

Wichita Teachers Say Yes To New Contract

Nov 15, 2017
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Wichita teachers voted to approve a proposed contract last night.

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The Wichita Board of Education and United Teachers of Wichita have reached a tentative agreement for the 2017-18 school year.

The agreement includes a 3.95 percent base salary increase, with one salary step for all teachers who are eligible to advance, and an additional salary step for those teachers who are behind on the step schedule.

Longevity payments for veteran teachers will be unfrozen, and the district will return to the 190-day calendar and shorter school days.

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A day of mediation earlier this week between the Wichita School Board and local teachers union over new teacher contracts was unsuccessful.

The school board’s negotiation team says it’s “disappointed” that federal mediators couldn’t bring the two sides to an agreement.

School Board Approves Bonus For USD 259 Superintendent

Nov 28, 2016
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Update: The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools will get a bonus this year. Members of the local board of education voted in favor of giving Superintendent John Allison a more than $3,400 bonus, which is 1.5 percent of his $229,408 salary.

Sheril Logan, present of the board of education, said the district gave all of its employees extra funds this year including a nearly 4 percent raise for teachers.

The board also extended Allison’s contract through June 30, 2019.

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In a vote of 2329 to 601, Wichita teachers tentatively approved a teachers' agreement between United Teachers of Wichita and the USD 259 Board of Education. If the board approves the agreement at their meeting on Oct. 24, it will be the end of several months of negotiations that required the help of a federal mediator.

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In many districts across Kansas, tight budgets have put teachers and school boards at odds. School boards are hedging their bets about how generous the state funding will be next year. That very much depends on who wins seats in the Legislature.

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After months of contention, the local teachers' union and the USD 259 school board have come to a tentative contract agreement for the 2016-17 school year.

The contract contains a compensation package increasing the board of educations monetary contribution by 3.98 percent. Details of the tentative agreement include:

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Tensions were high leading into Wichita Public School's Board of Education meeting last night. Hundreds of unionized teachers lined the street outside of North High School wearing red t-shirts and holding signs demanding respect and better treatment from the district.