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Future is now for USD 457 Virtual Academy
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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, >
Kansas program provides private school scholarship option for students in low-performing schools
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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, >
Lawrence school district in search of more ‘qualitative’ data to measure blended learning
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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. >
School board to hear update on personalized learning implementation
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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 >
Court focuses on struggling students in school funding arguments
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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 >
Kansas Supreme Court to hear teachers union lawsuit
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 >
Approved school funding plan may be ‘equitable,’ but what about ‘adequate’?
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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 >
GOP opens Kansas special session by blocking introduction of Democratic schools plan
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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 >
Four possible scenarios ahead of the Kansas school funding debate
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Jun 22, 5:54 AM: Last Friday, Democratic lawmakers released their plan, which would free up $39 million for schools by making cuts elsewhere in the state budget. The plan calls for freezing aid to virtual schools, which would save $7.3 >
Kansas lawmakers mull plans to keep schools open
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Jun 17, 5:42 AM: David Dorsey of the conservative think tank Kansas Policy Institute, suggested the Legislature should distribute money to school districts regardless of any order the court may issue and pass a law indemnifying state and >
Kansas governor sets special session on school funding for June 23
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Jun 9, 6:51 AM: Kansas lawmakers are looking at how they can come up with $38 million to avoid a court-ordered shutdown of schools, Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday as he set June 23 as the date for a special legislative session. >
De Soto school district to offer virtual school for at-risk students
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May 24, 5:37 AM: The De Soto school district may already have the highest graduation rate in Johnson County at 97.2 percent, but district officials hope a new virtual program could help increase the rate to 100 percent.
Lawrence school district report on blended learning provides limited answers
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May 10, 6:16 AM: Despite a new Lawrence school district report on the blended learning teaching method, the effectiveness of the method remains unclear.
Legislative leaders: Proposed school finance formula gives parents choices
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Apr 18, 6:21 AM: Leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees were in Wichita on Friday to plug a proposed school funding formula that would allow parents to use tax funds for private schools.
New bill would radically overhaul how Kansas schools are funded
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Apr 6, 5:34 AM: And a voucher program, known as the Education Freedom Act, that would allow up to 70 percent of the state aid attributed to a student to be used to pay tuition at a private or parochial school.
New proposal for a Kansas school finance formula sparks worries
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Apr 5, 6:36 AM: A proposed new Kansas school funding formula would allow parents to use tax funds for private schools, and it would prohibit school districts from spending state aid money on extracurricular activities.

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