- Lawrence Virtual School grants diplomas to 80 students, its largest class to date
- > May 22, 6:27 AM: The Lawrence school district assistant superintendent for innovation and technology said it may seem counter-intuitive, but she and their teachers got to know very well the 80 students who received diplomas at Free State High
- Conservative legal group to push for school choice in Kansas
- May 2, 5:15 AM: The conservative think tank Kansas Policy Institute announced plans Monday to launch a new legal branch that will push for school choice initiatives such as private school vouchers, even if that means suing in court.
- House bill could narrow private school tax credit program in coming years
- Apr 24, 5:55 AM: Provisions that set accreditation or academic outcome standards for private schools are included in a 114-page education bill that primarily establishes a new statewide funding formula for public schools.
- Kansas Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate
- > Mar 3, 5:36 AM: The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously that state funding to schools is inadequate and gave the Legislature a June deadline to enact changes, scrambling a legislative session already consumed by a sprawling budget
- Kansas House advances bill restoring teacher tenure
- Feb 22, 7:52 AM: The House advanced legislation Tuesday restoring teacher tenure, a step toward reversing a divisive 2014 law that stripped educators of due process protections.
- Union accuses Kansas House chairman of blocking teacher tenure vote
- Feb 21, 7:04 AM: The state’s main teachers union panned the chair of the House Education Committee Monday, accusing him of obstructing a vote to restore due process rights for educators.
- WFISD looking at tightening the reins on school choice
- Feb 16, 6:26 AM: The Wichita Falls ISD seems to be getting ready to tighten the reins once again on school choice.
- Lawrence school officials brief lawmakers about virtual schools
- Jan 27, 7:12 AM: A legislative committee that is charged with helping to craft the next Kansas school finance formula turned to the Lawrence and Spring Hill school districts Thursday to explain the ins and outs of virtual schools.
- Future is now for USD 457 Virtual Academy
- > Jan 16, 7:28 AM: Ramirez is one of nearly 90 people enrolled in the district’s Virtual Academy, which is an online distance learning program that services sixth grade through adults seeking their diplomas, according to Kathleen Moorman, Virtual
- Kansas program provides private school scholarship option for students in low-performing schools
- > Nov 16, 5:52 AM: The state of Kansas has a program not many know about to help low-income students in low-performing schools have a choice when it comes to education. It's called the Tax Credit for Low Income Students Scholarship Program, and it has
- Lawrence school district in search of more ‘qualitative’ data to measure blended learnin
- > Sep 28, 6:05 AM: The latest update from district officials on the implementation of blended learning in Lawrence classrooms reveals that students, teachers and parents continue to report positive experiences with the teaching method. What’s less
- School board to hear update on personalized learning implementation
- > Sep 26, 6:03 AM: The Lawrence school board on Monday will hear an update on the progress of personalized learning (via a blended format) in local classrooms. The report will address, among other things, the results of an ongoing survey that includes
- Court focuses on struggling students in school funding arguments
- > Sep 22, 5:42 AM: Wichita and three other school districts sued the state in 2010 after Kansas cut funding for schools while facing a budget shortfall. Although funding has increased since then, Rupe and his colleagues say the state still falls short
- Kansas Supreme Court to hear teachers union lawsuit
- Sep 12, 6:21 AM: The state’s highest court on Tuesday will weigh whether the Legislature violated the Kansas Constitution when it eliminated a job protection for teachers in 2014.
- Topeka West bolsters dual-credit offerings
- Aug 30, 5:23 AM: Topeka West High School is giving students more options for earning college credit while still in school — in subjects ranging from physics to foreign languages.
- Homeschooling a good option for St. Peter family
- Aug 17, 6:42 AM: Families choose to homeschool for a variety of reasons, but the education they want their children to receive can be similar to and different from those who attend school outside of the home.
- Private school tax credit scholarships go to 109 children
- Aug 15, 6:30 AM: About 110 students — mostly in Kansas City, Kan., and Topeka — attended private schools last school year under a state tax credit that funds scholarships for low-income families.
- Cut in state virtual school funding felt in Lawrence district’s budget
- > Jul 25, 6:35 AM: One in 10 students enrolled in the Lawrence school district attend the district’s online school, meaning that the Kansas Legislature’s recent reduction in state aid for virtual schools amounts to a significant loss in funds for the
- Approved school funding plan may be ‘equitable,’ but what about ‘adequate’?
- > Jun 27, 6:49 AM: All sides are claiming victory and it looks like there’s a temporary ceasefire in the school finance wars that have dominated Kansas politics in recent years. But there’s still a bigger fight ahead over whether school funding is
- GOP opens Kansas special session by blocking introduction of Democratic schools plan
- > Jun 24, 7:19 AM: Prior to convening the special session Thursday frustratingly little evidence existed Kansas legislators would put down all the sharp tools and find timely consensus on a solution to a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring state