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As Kansas schools struggle with COVID staff shortages, lawmaker points to limited remote 'flexibility'
Jan 20, 9:03 AM: As Kansas public schools struggle with staffing shortages and student absences induced by the coronavirus pandemic, a top lawmaker on education issues said educators have "flexibility" thanks to the new limit on remote >
Kansas homeschooling numbers spike after families get a taste during COVID-19 pandemic
Dec 13, 6:19 AM: Worried about safety, resistant to mask orders and troubled by a lack of confidence in public schools, thousands more Kansas parents are opting to teach their kids at home.
Legislators, state officials spar over achievement in Kansas schools amid COVID pandemic, funding debates
Dec 1, 6:55 AM: Lawmakers say a deep dive on student achievement in Kansas schools is needed, with the dialogue likely to have a substantial effect on the policy choices of the GOP-controlled legislators.
Test Scores Show Kansas Students Fell Further Behind During Pandemic
Nov 24, 8:20 AM: It turns out a year of shutdowns and quarantines generated lousy test scores(link is external) for schoolchildren across Kansas. More than 30% of students fell behind their grade level in math and language arts in the >
Kansas school district to give overwhelmed staff 2 days off
Nov 12, 9:49 AM: A Kansas school district is giving overwhelmed staff some extra time off heading into Thanksgiving break by using two of the extra days it had built into its schedule in case it had to close because of snow. >
Homeschooling Boomed In The Pandemic—And Many Parents Aren’t Sending Their Kids Back To Class
Nov 5, 6:02 AM:

School enrollment in Kansas has dropped by over fifteen thousand students since 2019 as virtual and homeschool enrollment has increased.

More than $1 billion in federal relief money went to Kansas schools; new numbers show how it’s being spent
Oct 13, 8:00 AM: Kansas schools received about $1.4 billion in federal relief money. On Tuesday, Kansas school board members voted to allocate roughly $15 million to go to school districts for training teachers in literacy and math; two >
Pilot program highlights 'microschools'
Aug 27, 7:49 AM: A group of students in the North Kansas City School District has already been back to school for a couple of months. Their teachers are taking hands-on learning to a new level.
Newton schools to use testing protocol to keep quarantined students in schools
Aug 25, 9:37 AM: Law changes by the state Legislature have hamstrung the district in the area of online education — which the district used last year. Some students only entered classrooms for state assessment testing. In addition, for >
Elementary age parents struggle to decide whether to send their children back to public school
Jul 29, 3:25 PM: With less than three weeks until the start of the school year, parents are anxiously waiting with bated breath for the USD 250 Board of Education and local health officials to make a decision about masking in classrooms >
Kansas education funding hike, school choice eligibility expansion signed into law
May 25, 5:59 AM: Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday commended a new bipartisan education law increasing education spending that fully funds Kansas education for the third year in a row while also expanding eligibility for private school >
Opinion: Kansas resisting choice that has benefited education of children in Indiana, Florida and Arizona
May 10, 5:52 AM: While Indiana is expanding school choice eligibility from 37,000 to 48,000 students, Kansas is resisting even slight changes to existing school choice programs. A Wall Street Journal editorial congratulated Indiana “for >
GOP drops ‘choice’ plan in Kansas school funding debate
May 7, 5:42 AM: Conservative Republicans set aside their most ambitious proposal for helping Kansas parents move their children into private schools so that lawmakers could forge a bipartisan compromise Thursday night on education funding >
After dramatic debate, Kansas lawmakers shoot down school choice expansion
Apr 12, 5:25 AM: After a dramatic series of twists and turns, a major school choice expansion in Kansas was shot down Friday in the Kansas Senate, with legislators now forced to find a path forward on funding the state's public schools. >
Push for 'School Choice' Measure Hits Snag in Kansas Senate
Apr 9, 5:42 AM: Top Republican lawmakers have hit a snag in trying to pass a proposal that would allow parents of academically struggling students to pay for private schooling with state dollars normally earmarked for public schools. >
Funds for Kansas schools tied to GOP right’s ‘choice’ plan
Apr 8, 5:27 AM: Conservative Republican lawmakers on Wednesday tied funding for Kansas’ public schools to a proposal that would allow parents of academically struggling students to use state dollars to pay for private schooling. >
Behemoth public education policy, budget measure narrowly approved by Kansas House
Apr 1, 5:56 AM: House Bill 2119, the Student Empowerment Act, would take the per-pupil amount of money normally given to public schools and place it into education savings accounts for students to use toward private school tuition. The >
Legislators advance sweeping education package despite bipartisan concerns
Mar 31, 5:08 AM: Legislators are forging ahead with a wide-reaching package to remake education policy in Kansas, including a major expansion of the state's school choice offerings and provisions restricting remote learning. >
Commentary: Kansas Legislature takes first step in re-imagining the educational future
Mar 12, 6:34 AM: The past year has highlighted how important it is to bridge the opportunity gaps in our educational system. As these gaps were exacerbated by pandemic-related school closures, working parent, single parents, students, >
Commentary: Understand the costs associated with proposed school choice bill in Kansas Legislature
Feb 22, 6:20 AM: The Kansas House of Representatives is considering a bill (HB 2119) that would transfer tax dollars from public schools to individual accounts for eligible students to fund private education. These proposed student >



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