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GOP plan would hike aid to poor schools, expand public charter schools

The Kansas Supreme Court gave the Legislature an ultimatum to fix inequalities in school funding by July. On Thursday evening, Kansas House Republicans presented their plan for a solution that would put more money into schools, but would also spur creation of more charter schools.

Brownback: ‘Significant new funding’ needed to address equity issues for schools

Addressing inequities in school funding identified by the Supreme Court “will require significant new funding,” Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday in a statement.

Senate committee approves $2 million for Wichita State center, nixes funding for KU program

A higher education spending plan approved by a Senate committee Tuesday includes $2 million for a technology transfer center at Wichita State University, the first part of the university’s plans to build an innovation campus.

President T.J. Arant leaves Friends University

Friends University president T.J. Arant has resigned and will be replaced by an interim president, Darcy Zabel, the university announced Tuesday.

Fix for K-12 funding isn’t expected to affect state funds for higher education, says senator

The state’s higher-education budget should not be affected by the Legislature’s efforts to fix inequities in K-12 funding, according to the senator who chairs the subcommittee overseeing both budgets.

Wichita school district safety supervisor charged with multiple child sex crimes

Prosecutors on Thursday charged Wichita school district safety supervisor Alex Robinson with multiple child sex crimes, stemming from a decade-old case reported to Wichita police more than a year ago.

Robinson students have some success with new state science test

A third try with a new state testing system was a success at one Wichita middle school Thursday, where 58 seventh-graders were able to complete a state science test, district officials said.

Glitches delay assessments at Wichita schools until after spring break

State testing season got off to a frustrating start at some Wichita schools this week as computer glitches, error messages and service disruptions at the state level prompted officials to postpone most assessments until after spring break.

Next year, finals to be mandatory at all Wichita high schools

Starting next school year, final exams will be mandatory for all Wichita high school students.

$5 million OK'd for College Hill repairs; school set to open in fall

College Hill Elementary School should be repaired, upgraded and ready for students by fall, Wichita district leaders said Monday.

Board may OK $5 million more to fix fire-damaged College Hill Elementary

A fire at College Elementary School last summer caused more than $5 million damage – “substantially more than the initial assessment,” according to a district document.

Students to report to Wichita school board on weighted grades

Should an A in advanced placement physics count more toward a student’s grade point average than one in basic math, physical education or choir?

Kansas Supreme Court’s school finance ruling seen by many as win for both sides

Constitutional crisis averted.

Kansas Supreme Court finds inequities in school funding, sends case back to trial court

The Kansas Supreme Court found some unfairness – but not necessarily too few dollars – in the state’s funding of schools and sent a mammoth school-finance case back to a lower court for further action.

Kansas Supreme Court to announce ruling on school funding case Friday

A state Supreme Court decision that could change the future of school funding and the makeup of the courts in Kansas will be handed down Friday morning.

Brownback touts all-day kindergarten during school visit; lawmaker says plan could change

The day before a key legislative meeting on all-day kindergarten, Gov. Sam Brownback took his push for it to an elementary school in Maize.

Wichita teachers receive Distinguished Classroom Teacher awards

Seven Wichita teachers were surprised in their classrooms or at school assemblies last week with news that they had received the 2014 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award from the school district, officials said.

Separate tech ed magnet school not likely to be built soon

More than five years after a $370 million bond issue vote to build and renovate Wichita schools, a $10 million technical magnet high school program is the school board’s last piece of unfinished business.

Wichita school board tweaks fine arts credit policy

Wichita high school students will continue to earn fine arts credit for classes such as journalism, photo imaging and graphic design, despite concerns voiced by some arts educators Monday.

Wichita State names Wallace Scholars

Eleven high school students will get $20,000 apiece over four years to attend engineering school at Wichita State University, WSU president John Bardo announced Friday.

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