Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation are giving $11.25 million to Wichita State University, the largest single-time gift in university history. University leaders said the money will create a significant impact on education, local entrepreneurship, jobs and south-central Kansas economics.
For the past 10 years, the Boeing Employees Community Fund has organized a shoes-and-socks holiday distribution project at Colvin Elementary School in southeast Wichita. Every student at Colvin gets a new pair of shoes, socks, gloves and a hat.
Next year, with the blessing of principal Sherman Padgett, North High aims to have at least 80 percent of juniors enrolled in regular, honors or Advanced Placement physics, more than doubling the number of students who will have at least some exposure to the principles of motion, energy, heat, light, electricity and sound.
Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on its public schools, a lawsuit over education funding is complicating efforts by legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback to close the state’s projected budget shortfalls.