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Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials...

 

Big Kansas school district mandating masks for youngest kids

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — One of Kansas' largest public school districts plans to require elementary students to wear masks this fall after a health official warned that the faster-spreading delta variant would lead to widespread COVID-19 among...

 

Schools confront more polarization with mask rules for fall

Students in Wichita, Kansas, public schools can ditch the masks when classes begin. Detroit public schools will probably require them unless everyone in a room is vaccinated. In Pittsburgh, masks will likely be required regardless of vaccination...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    July 18, 2021

Kansas county: Schools should mandate masks for unvaccinated

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The health department in Kansas' most populous county urged its public schools Monday to require students and staff who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks indoors when classes resume for the fall. The Johnson...

 

Troubled Oklahoma school defies state education department

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Board members of a southwest Oklahoma City school district have defied the state Board of Education and hired an interim superintendent. The Western Heights school board voted 3-1 Thursday to name assistant Superintendent Kim...

 

Wichita State to charge fees for seniors who audit courses

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University plans this fall to stop allowing Kansas residents 60 and older to audit its courses for free. The university sent a letter this month to people who've previously audited its classes to notify them of...

 

Former teacher walkout leader sentenced for 'sexting' minor

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A former Stillwater Junior High School history teacher and coach who helped organize the teacher walkout in 2018 has been sentenced to prison for engaging in sexual communication with a minor. Alberto Morejon, 28, was...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 11, 2021

Oklahoma board approves rules banning certain race theories

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public school teachers in Oklahoma could have their teaching licenses suspended for teaching certain concepts about race and racism under new rules approved Monday by the State Board of Education. With just one opposing vote,...

 

Summer camps hit with COVID outbreaks -- are schools next?

The U.S. has seen a string of COVID-19 outbreaks tied to summer camps in recent weeks in places such as Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Kansas, in what some fear could be a preview of the upcoming school year. In some cases the outbreaks have... Full story

 
 By SUZANNE PEREZ    Regional    July 9, 2021

Most Kansas schools drop mask rules as variant drives surge

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Most Kansas schoolchildren and teachers, regardless of whether they've been vaccinated against COVID-19, won't be required to wear face masks next school year. Schools find themselves under pressure to return to more normal,...

 

Wichita State to get $2.1M grant for aerospace research

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A $2.1 million federal grant awarded to Wichita State University for new aerospace research facilities is expected to create nearly 500 jobs over the next 10 years. The U.S. Commerce Department announced the grant to the...

 

ACLU seeks training in Kansas district over 'lesbian' remark

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group is threatening to sue a Kansas school district if it doesn't train employees about LGBTQ rights in response to an eighth-grade student being suspended from riding a school bus after saying, "I'm a...

 

Shrum starts post as president of Oklahoma State University

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The first woman chosen as president of Oklahoma State University is officially on the job. Dr. Kayse Shrum's first day in Stillwater was Thursday. Shrum had been president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa...

 

Oklahoma FFA convention moving from Oklahoma City to Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The annual Oklahoma FFA convention is moving to Tulsa after 15 years in Oklahoma City because Oklahoma City officials could not provide a long-term guarantee to the FFA for the space needed in late April each year. The city...

 

University of Kansas drops controversial dismissal policy

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas does not plan to use a policy that would have made it easier to suspend tenure protections, Chancellor Douglas Girod said Thursday. Girod told the Kansas Board of Regents he was confident the...

 

Kansas governor appoints 3 to Board of Regents

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed a former railway executive, a former state senator and an educator to the board that governs the state's six universities. Kelly announced in a Wednesday news release that she appointed...

 

Epic's new board chair founded a charter school. Its start has been rocky

To improve its board oversight, the state’s largest online school has turned to a businessman who founded the state’s first rural charter school. Paul Campbell was named chairman of Community Strategies, Epic Charter Schools’ governing board,...

 

Summer camps return but with fewer campers and counselors

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Overnight summer camps will be allowed in all 50 states this season, but COVID-19 rules and a pandemic labor crunch mean that many fewer young campers will attend, and those who do will have to observe coronavirus precautions...

 

Teenager dies after shooting near KCK elementary school

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A teenager died Tuesday after a shooting near an elementary school in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas City, Kansas, police spokeswoman Nancy Chartrand said in a statement that the happened Tuesday near Hazel Grove Elementary...

 

Former Kansas school worker jailed over nude photos of kids

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas police arrested a former school worker for sexual exploitation of a child Friday. Riley County police arrested 31-year-old Junction City man Aaron Zachry, The Manhattan Mercury reported. He's jailed on a $60,000 bond....

 

Universities asked for list of critical race theory classes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has asked the state's six public universities to provide a list of courses that include Critical Race Theory concepts. The regents request came in response to a request from Sen. Brenda Dietrich, a...

 

Epic Charter Schools ends contract with management company

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The governing board of a virtual charter school that has grown to become the largest public school in Oklahoma voted to end its contract with the for-profit school management company owned by its co-founders. Epic Charter School...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 26, 2021

Deputy: Student says Kansas lawmaker kicked him in testicles

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A high school student told a sheriff's deputy that a Kansas House member kicked him in the testicles while the lawmaker was working as a substitute teacher in his hometown last month, according to the deputy's written...

 

Kansas State President Richard Myers announces retirement

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University President Richard Myers said Monday that he intends to retire at the end of the calendar year. Myers has been the university's president since 2016. The statement announcing his plans did not mention...

 

Report: 2 school workers harassed girl over 'lesbian' remark

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — Two school district employees in eastern Kansas should be disciplined for suspending an eighth-grade student from riding the school bus after she said "I'm a lesbian," the Kansas Association of School Boards has determined....

 

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