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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 >
State and teachers union to face off at Kansas Supreme Court over tenure
Feb 16, 8:01 AM: The state and a teachers union are gearing up for a Kansas Supreme Court showdown over a controversial 2014 law that ended teacher job protections.
Kansas panel approves expanding tax credit program for private school scholarships
Feb 9, 6:15 AM: A program that offers tax credits for scholarships to private schools would be greatly expanded under a bill approved Monday by a House committee.
Measure to expand Kansas private school tuition tax credits provokes controversy
Feb 3, 6:11 AM: Supporters and opponents of controversial private school tuition tax credits sparred Tuesday over legislation that would expand the program, with Topeka Unified School District 501 superintendent Julie Ford warning against >
Charter school working to get kids into college, careers
Feb 1, 7:45 AM: Hugoton Learning Academy has operated out of various buildings in Hugoton USD 210 since its initial charter in August 2009 as an effort to bolster academic and social skills among, “disengaged and unenrolled youth” and >
Capitol draws competing private, public school rallies
Jan 29, 6:35 AM: Participants at side-by-side Statehouse rallies — one in support of school choice, one on behalf of public schools — on Thursday offered conflicting perspectives on future financing of K-12 education in Kansas. >
Crossroads Academy merges with another charter school, plans to open new downtown high school
Jan 28, 6:09 AM: The schools, which both offer kindergarten through eighth grade, will merge in July 2017 and expand to serve students from kindergarten through high school.
Senator, education leaders spar on teacher merit pay
Jan 14, 7:04 AM: Before considering a statewide initiative to pay teachers based on their performance, the Legislature should raise overall salaries, the chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education said Wednesday.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants to see merit pay for teachers
Jan 5, 7:54 AM: Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants to reward successful teachers with higher pay when lawmakers revamp the school finance formula.
No new applicants for controversial school innovation program
Jan 5, 7:49 AM: Kansas’ at-times controversial innovative schools program will remain its current size — half a dozen districts — for another year after no districts submitted applications to join in 2016. >
Teachers, students address achievement gap at Lawrence high schools
Nov 23, 6:11 AM: For several years, one of the Lawrence school district’s three focal points has been equity, calling more attention to disparities among schools and subgroups of students. The school board sets annual equity and >
The right choice? Wichita school district fair may be able to help you
Nov 3, 6:31 AM: You can send your child to a traditional magnet school, a STEM school, an environmental school or a performing arts school. There are leadership schools, community service schools, health and wellness schools, core >
Some Dickinson families opt for virtual education
Sep 18, 5:37 AM: In 2015, the 39 graduates of Kansas Connections Academy earned $430,000 in academic, athletic and performance scholarships, according to principal Jerald Rash, of Derby. The graduates went on to Kansas State University, >
Private schools signing up for new tax credit
Aug 18, 7:11 AM: More than 50 private schools across Kansas, most of which offer religious education, have signed up for the state’s controversial new tax credit to fund private school tuition for children from low-income families. >
Lawrence Virtual School becomes first in state to gain NCAA accreditation
Aug 18, 5:44 AM: The Lawrence Virtual School has been granted NCAA accreditation, making it the only NCAA accredited virtual school in the state of Kansas and one of only a few in the Midwest.



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