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The current Wichita Public Schools Board of Education president is facing one opponent in the race for District 5.

Voters will decide next month if Mike Rodee gets a second term on the board or if challenger Peter Grant takes his place.

The District 5 candidates agree that bringing the latest technology to Wichita schools is important and necessary.

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Wichita State University will continue to offer a college-prep program for middle school students in the Wichita school district for at least seven more years.

WSU received grants worth $9.8 million for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

About 1,850 7th-grade students at nine middle schools will receive support throughout middle and high school, and into their first year of college.

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High school students in the Wichita School District had a chance to get to know the candidates who want to serve on their Board of Education.

At a forum Wednesday, and students were the ones asking the questions.

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The superintendent for Wichita Public Schools will be holding seven community meetings through the end of November to gather input for the district’s strategic plan.

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In-person early voting in next month’s general election starts Monday at the Sedgwick County Election Office in Wichita.

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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.

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Candidates for the Wichita Public School Board spoke at a forum Thursday night hosted by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Questions were submitted by members of the chamber, and focused on topics including school choice, transparency in the board's decision-making process, and workforce development.

Chamber President Gary Plummer said after the forum that his organization is very involved in workforce issues on a policy level. He said the event was a chance for members to hear where candidates stand.

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Currently, there are 10 candidates vying for positions on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education. During a forum that takes place this Saturday, they'll field questions about their qualifications, what they see as their role on the school board and what they think the school's stance should be on teaching such topics as sex education, cybersecurity, AIDS and suicide prevention.

Forum organizer Martha Pint of Women for Kansas says people need to know what's happening in public education.

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Wichita Public Schools officials say the Kansas Supreme Court ruling on Monday, which finds that the state’s school funding formula is unconstitutional, is a “positive thing for Kansas kids.”

Residents in the Wichita Public School District can vote next month for any candidate running for school board, no matter which board district they live in – which is causing confusion for many area voters.

See a map of BOE districts here.

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