- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Four possible scenarios ahead of the Kansas school funding debate
- > 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
- > 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
- > 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Kansas Senate bill sets regular elections for teacher unions
- Mar 24, 6:26 AM: Teachers unions would need to hold elections every three years to maintain their standing in a school district under a bill passed by the Kansas Senate on Wednesday.
- Charter school plans to open in Wichita Falls area
- Mar 24, 5:41 AM: Students may find new hallways to roam if an open-enrollment charter school follows through with plans to open a campus here — something to which the Wichita Falls ISD is opposed.
- Kansas Senate panel advances teacher union election bill
- Mar 11, 7:30 AM: A bill that will require public school teachers to hold votes every three years to retain their unions will head to the Senate floor.
- As the Lawrence school district prepares to roll out blended learning to most classrooms, concerns remain
- > Mar 7, 6:28 AM: The advantages of the method touted by educators include more engaging, personalized and self-paced lessons for students. But some say there are components of blended learning that don’t benefit all students, as well as
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