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Teacher tenure battle rises to Kansas Supreme Court once again
Jan 29, 8:01 AM: Sen. Tom Arpke laid the foundation of an ongoing legal battle by championing a bill to end long-standing employment due process rights available to thousands of public school teachers.
Court Asks If Kansas Lawmakers Had Power To Kill Teacher Tenure
Jan 25, 8:05 AM: Tenure, as Kansas public school teachers had known it for decades, died at the hands of lawmakers without a hearing in the spring of 2014.
School board candidates agree on need for more openness, differ on charter schools
Oct 23, 6:53 AM: In answering a question at a Sunday school board candidate forum about how to build community consensus, James Alan Hollinger said widespread support would be achieved through transparency on the part of the board and >
Kansas schools may no longer group students by grade level as part of plan to remake education system
Oct 19, 7:07 AM: Kansas public school officials are launching a project to overhaul the way education is delivered in the state through a project that they say is so ambitious, they are likening it to the NASA moon missions of the 1960s. >
“It’s never too late”: Virtual school helps people get diploma
Sep 19, 5:32 AM: Royer is enrolled in the Topeka Public Schools Virtual School. It’s a web-based program geared towards people over 19 that didn’t earn their high school diploma in four years. It allows people to complete any unfinished >
Learning outside the education box
Sep 11, 6:01 AM: The flexibility Kansas Connections Academy offers was one reason the school appealed to Cameron and his mom, Amanda Hayes. Cameron can log in and work on his assignments at his own pace. He is even able to work ahead as he >
New partnership expands city bus options for Wichita students
Aug 8, 5:33 AM: Thanks to a new partnership between Wichita Transit and the school district, students can buy discounted city bus passes for traveling to school and elsewhere. In addition, students at seven Wichita schools who don’t >
Kansas Private Tuition Tax Credit Program Sees Early Growth
Aug 7, 6:31 AM: Kansas’ private tuition tax credit program doubled in size in the 2016-2017 school year and appears likely to expand again after lawmakers voted to enhance it this session.
Teachers union, State square off for second Kansas Supreme Court showdown over tenure
Jul 26, 7:21 AM: A fresh legal challenge to the state’s 2014 elimination of teacher job protections has reached the Kansas Supreme Court, close on the heels of a separate lawsuit that proved unsuccessful six months ago. >
Kansas School Funding Bill Expands Tax Credits For Private Tuition Program
Jun 7, 7:24 AM: A school finance bill headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk would expand a program that funds private school tuition through tax credits.
Kansas House rejects combination K-12, tax bill; search for new deal goes on
Jun 6, 5:39 AM: The governor went on to say he supports maintaining a “pro-growth taxation system,” a single-bracket tax system and school choice for low-performing students.
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 >
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 >
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, >



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