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 By ASHTON ELEY    Regional    October 22, 2017 

Arkansas students bring memories to life with virtual tours

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Two students adjusted the virtual reality headset so Eddie Sue Adams could get a clear view. She was sitting in an armchair in the Rocking Chair Inn retirement home while she experienced a 360-degree view of a boat gliding...

 

ACLU: Oklahoma school district's new policy unconstitutional

STUART, Okla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma says a school district's policy regarding the national anthem is "unconstitutional and unenforceable." The policy says students, athletes and spectators are "expected" to stand...

 

UNK to offer in-state tuition to Colorado, Kansas students

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska at Kearney is offering in-state tuition rates to Colorado and Kansas residents who are accepted as regular on-campus undergraduate students. The university said Thursday it will offer a new Advantage...

 

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so. Land Commissioner George P. Bush is overseeing a 7-year revamp of the shrine where 189 Texas independence fighters were killed by Mexican Gen. Santa...

 

Kansas parents and students ban together to overcome racism

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — At a table in the principal's office, Olathe North High School junior Irene Gatimi recalled an evening last month when she showed up at another school's dance in a black dress. A young white male she didn't know commented...

 

University in Missouri assists students with disabilities

NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Dress the part. Make eye contact. Polish your résumé. It sounds like advice on job hunting covered in a typical college class. But the students in this lab course are enrolled in the University of Missouri-St. Louis SUCCEED...

 

University of Arizona wants to be leader in new tech era

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins says he would like to see the institution take the lead in artificial intelligence and automation, which he says will crucial in the so-called fourth industrial revolution that...

 

School adopts policy expecting all to stand for anthem

STUART, Okla. (AP) — A small Oklahoma school district has adopted a policy saying students, athletes and spectators are "expected" to stand during the national anthem with no "gestures of demonstration or protest." The policy adopted by the school...

 

Kansas State seeks $12 million in cuts after enrollment drop

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University officials say they are developing a plan to cut $12 million because of a drop in enrollment. Fall enrollment at the university fell by nearly 1,000 students — or 4.1 percent — compared to last...

 

University of Missouri says 'no further threat to campus'

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia police say a woman who caused a brief alert after a report that she had a gun on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia never planned to hurt anyone. Police spokesman Bryana Larimer said in a news release that...

 

Faculty: University of Kansas student hacked into computers

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A recent cybersecurity breach has a University of Kansas faculty group concerned that the breach could lead to other attacks, not just at the university, but across higher education. Aerospace engineering professor Ron...

 

Students push to change name of street honoring KKK member

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — University of Oklahoma students are pushing to rename a Norman street honoring a former university professor who also was a grand dragon in the Ku Klux Klan. The university's student government association passed a resolution...

 

New Oklahoma testing standards produce a drop in scores

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education leaders say new testing standards have led to the decline in students' scores. According to statewide scores released Wednesday, most students lacked the basic subject-level knowledge Oklahoma now requires....

 

Author of transgender book for children will visit Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The author of a children's book about a transgender fourth-grader is planning to visit a city in Kansas where the book's presence in school libraries has prompted debate. The Wichita Eagle reports that Alex Gino has announced...

 

The Latest: Location of Texas Tech shooting delayed alert

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas Tech police officer (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Lubbock police say they were on Texas Tech University's campus within five minutes of receiving a call about the shooting of a...

 

Police: Texas Tech student questioned hours before shooting

DALLAS (AP) — Lubbock police officers questioned a Texas Tech University student about a stolen gun hours before he shot and killed a campus police officer, authorities said Thursday. Hollis Daniels III was driving a car that matched the...

 

Report says discipline more likely for black students

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Black students and students with disabilities are far more likely than whites to face school discipline, including corporal punishment, suspension and expulsion, according to a report released Thursday by the ACLU of Missouri. The...

 

Legal dispute over suicide inquest ruling to appeals court

FAYETTE, Mo. (AP) — A judge this week ordered the Howard County coroner to release the transcript of an inquest that determined a Fayette teenager killed himself after persistent bullying. Howard County officials said after the judge's ruling on...

 

Weather, not vandalism, damaged Jewish hut at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University says severe weather, not vandalism, is to blame for damage to a temporary outdoor hut built between two residence halls for the Jewish harvest festival Sukkot. The university said in a news release...

 

Kansas school helps students with discipline records

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Maniah Martinez, 14, doesn't like sitting still. She stands up from her desk while doing school work, fidgets during lunch, and leans back in her chair and plays with her sweater during group time. When she made an A on a...

 

Critics of New Mexico science standards organize protests

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Critics of New Mexico's proposed changes to public school science standards are gathering to protest the deletion or omission of references to global warming, evolution and the age of the earth. Santa Fe Public Schools board...

 

Albuquerque school board opposes state education proposal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The board for New Mexico's largest school district is opposing the state's proposed changes to science teaching standards that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about...

 

Police received report of erratic student with weapon

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas Tech University student confessed to killing a campus police officer who had been booking him on a drug possession charge, telling detectives he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend,"...

 

National lab scientists assail state education proposal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of scientists and engineers at a national nuclear weapons laboratory in New Mexico are voicing disagreement with public school science standards proposed by the state, cautioning that the guidelines could weaken the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    October 8, 2017

Analysis: Politics will hinder work on Kansas schools plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Election-year politics will hinder efforts by Kansas officials to comply with a state Supreme Court demand for a new, fairer public school funding law that also significantly boosts spending. Finding a solution that satisfies...

 

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