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 By Rachel Van Horn    Regional    July 15, 2018 

Woodward School district sets salary scales

WOODWARD, Okla. – The Woodward Board of Education met on Monday evening and passed a series of budget revisions aimed at providing teachers not only the raises recently passed in the Oklahoma legislature, but even more of an increase locally....

 
 By Joanna Hlavacek    Regional    July 15, 2018 

KU alumni build mini Allen Fieldhouse for their chickens

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — What hatched as a rather bird-brained plan has become something of a slam-dunk for a pair of University of Kansas fans. KU alumni Jarrod Williams and Kate Neely Williams have a lot to be proud of. Their efforts to construct a...

 

U of Kansas leaders: altered flag to remain museum display

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas leaders say they will keep an altered U.S. flag on display in a school museum, despite demands from the governor and his top election rival to remove it from campus. The Capital-Journal reports that...

 

Santa Fe school leaders could OK use of metal detectors

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Leaders of a Houston-area school district where 10 people were shot to death in May are expected to consider whether to install metal detectors and change the dress code. The Galveston County Daily News reports the board of...

 

Arkansas teen accused of stealing deputy's gun

YELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A north Arkansas teenager faces four felony charges after allegedly breaking into a school building and stealing a deputy's body armor and duty belt that contained a gun. The Baxter Bulletin reports that the 17-year-old...

 

Oklahoma State to sell beer at Boone Pickens Stadium

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State athletics will start selling beer at its venues this fall. The school made the announcement Thursday in a news release. Oklahoma State's concessions partner, Sodexo, will administer all beer sales at...

 

New Mexico students score higher on reading, math tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Less than a third of all New Mexico students are proficient when it comes to reading and math. But state education officials said Thursday the latest test scores show thousands more students performed better on their...

 

Northwest Missouri suspends Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Northwest Missouri State University has suspended the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity chapter on the Maryville campus over its violation of university policies. Spokesman Mark Hornickel said in a news release Friday that the...

 

Defunct St. Gregory's auctions off $330K worth of items

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An auction of items from the former St. Gregory's University brought in more than $330,000 that will be used to pay creditors of the bankrupt university. The Oklahoma City reports that bidders online and on-site at Dakil...

 

Rural students struggle on New Mexico's standardized tests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some rural New Mexico school districts with sizable Native American student populations continue to struggle on the state's standardized test even as Native Americans statewide show progress and larger school districts near...

 

Can schools meet Fallin's demand to spend more money in the classroom?

Amid an intensifying drumbeat of political promises to propel schools to spend more of their dollars in the classroom, Crescent Public Schools stands out. The district of 600 students in Logan County spent 64 percent of its total funding in 2016-17...

 

Texas district OKs $1.5M for security after school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A school district near Houston has approved at least $1.5 million for increased security at its high school where a gunman killed eight students and two teachers two months ago. The Santa Fe Independent School District's Boar...

 
 By Kevin McGill    Regional    July 12, 2018

Appeals court hears challenge to Texas campus carry law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for three University of Texas professors asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to revive their challenge of a law allowing people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons on public university campuses. Two of...

 

CU Boulder professor pleads guilty to mail fraud

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A mechanical engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for using funds from a research grant for personal expenses, including international travel. Oleg Viktorovich Vasilyev,...

 

University of Kansas removes altered US flag art

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An art display that included an altered U.S. flag will be moved from an outside display on the University of Kansas campus to the school's art museum after Gov. Jeff Colyer and other Republican political candidates...

 

Kansas official: Meeting court order on schools costs $364M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top education official says Kansas would have to phase in another $364 million increase in public school funding over five years to comply with a recent Kansas Supreme Court order. Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis...

 

New Mexico school district revisits option of armed security

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — One northern New Mexico school board is revisiting the option of having armed security guards on campus. The Las Vegas Optic reports that the West Las Vegas school board recently discussed its campus weapons policy and got...

 

Tulsa public schools to spend $6.2M to maintain staff levels

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Public Schools system will spend $6.2 million in reserve funds to offset declining state aid as the district faces decreasing enrollment. Early estimates for the 2019-20 school term show even more of a decline in...

 

Wichita State hopes to impress prospectives with website

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University is preparing to launch a redesigned website that officials hope will ramp up efforts to recruit out-of-state students. The Wichita Eagle reports the university looks to launch its revamped website...

 

Former neurosurgery resident sues the University of Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A former neurosurgery resident has filed a lawsuit alleging the University of Missouri School of Medicine's chief of neurosurgery harassed him and fired him without good cause. Rylan Brantl is seeking $50 million in his...

 
 By Sally Ho    Regional    July 6, 2018

Big-name charter school backers donate to key governor races

Prominent charter school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest. June primary contests set up a number of state battles for governor in the midterm elections this November,...

 

The monster festival: A pilgrimage to small town America

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) One of my hobbies is dragging my patient wife to small towns to study beliefs and practices related to cryptozoology...

 

Shooting outside Kansas school leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — One man was killed and another critically wounded Tuesday after a co-worker opened fire on two contract workers outside a suburban Kansas City elementary school. No children were in the school when the shooting happened...

 

State panel calls for armed presence at all Ark. schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas School Safety Commission issued its preliminary report Tuesday and recommends that every school always have an armed presence, including a trained resource officer whenever financially feasible. The report...

 

University of Kansas bans tobacco, vape use on campus

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — University of Kansas students and faculty can no longer use tobacco or vaping products on campus under a new policy pushed by health-conscious students. The university banned smoking, vaping or using any other tobacco...

 

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