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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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