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Police say 1 parent ran over another in school parking lot

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A fight involving students and parents at a Kansas middle school became a police matter when one parent was run over and critically injured in the school's parking lot, police in Kansas City, Kansas, said. The incident...

 

Seaman district hires advisors to help with name change

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district named after a 1920s Ku Klux Klan leader has voted to pay an advisory group to help with discussions on changing the name. The Seaman School District's Board of Education voted Monday to make a base...

 

Kansas district ditches Native American mascots

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas district has decided to ditch its "Redmen" and "Braves" mascots after public opinion shifted. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Atchison school board approved the change unanimously this past week. It was a...

 

Federal agency to send review team to Kansas university

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees Haskell Indian Nations University plans to send a team to the Lawrence campus following the faculty's no-confidence vote in its president. The Bureau of Indian Education said in a message to un...

 

Stitt names Oklahoma City attorney as state college regent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the appointment Tuesday of an Oklahoma City attorney to the nine-member body that oversees the state's 25 public colleges and universities. Stitt said he appointed Courtney Warmington to a...

 
 By Robby Korth    Regional    April 11, 2021

Oklahoma public school districts band together to fight charter school funding equalization

Backlash is mounting toward a resolution passed by Oklahoma’s State Board of Education to equalize funding for charter and traditional public schools. More than 100 superintendents and school boards around the state are concerned about a recent...

 

Kansas college paying staff $250 to get COVID-19 vaccines

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest community college is paying staff members to get COVID-19 vaccinations, and one of the state's largest public school districts is making in-home coronavirus testing kits available to students who want...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

Push for 'school choice' measure falters in Kansas Senate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A split among Republicans on Friday blocked a proposal from conservative Kansas lawmakers to allow parents of academically struggling students to pay for private schooling with state dollars normally earmarked for public...

 

Norman businessman appointed University of Oklahoma regent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced the appointment of a Norman investment executive to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. If approved by the state Senate, Rick Nagel, 49, would replace Regent Gary Pierson and...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 7, 2021

Funds for Kansas schools tied to GOP right's 'choice' plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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. Republican...

 

A closer look at Oklahoma's move to alter education funding and make student transfers easier

Two education measures finalized this week mark a win for those who subscribe to the philosophy that public tax dollars should follow students to the school of their choice. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law bills to alter the school... Full story

 

University of Tulsa selects ex-congressman as next president

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Attorney and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Carson has been selected as the University of Tulsa's 21st president, university officials announced Monday. The university's Board of Trustees unanimously selected Carson, 54, after...

 

Oklahoma governor signs 2 education bills despite opposition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday quickly signed into law two public education measures that were approved by the Legislature despite bipartisan opposition. Stitt signed a Senate bill that makes it easier for students to...

 

Kansas lawmakers OK bill mandating civics test for students

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature has passed a Republican-backed bill that would require graduating high school students to have passed a civics test with questions such as, “What is one way Americans can serve their country?” The...

 

Oklahoma City University announces hire of new president

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City University has announced that Kenneth Evans, the current president of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, will become its 19th president on July 1. Evans, who has been at Lamar since 2013, previously spent six...

 
 By JOHN SEEWER    Regional    March 24, 2021

US colleges tout hopes for return to new normal this fall

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Colleges throughout the U.S. are assuring students that the fall semester will bring a return to in-person classes, intramural sports and mostly full dormitories. But those promises come with asterisks. Administrators say how...

 

University suspends cheer team over hazing allegations

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The University of Central Oklahoma has suspended its cheer team for the rest of the school year amid reports of hazing on the squad, the school said Saturday. In addition to the suspension, the team won't be allowed to...

 

University of Kansas to stop requiring entrance exams

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is doing away with the requirement that incoming freshmen take a standardized test — like the ACT or SAT — to be admitted. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that new standards approved this past...

 

Christian school teacher accused of relationship with minor

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A teacher at a private, Christian school in Wichita has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student, police said. Matthew McFarren, 41, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of unlawful sexual...

 

District named after KKK leader to weigh name

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Kansas school district that is named for an early 20th century Ku Klux Klan leader have created an advisory task force to consider a potential name change. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the task force...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 17, 2021

Proposal to ban transgender athletes advances in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans advanced a proposal Tuesday that would ban transgender students from girl's and women's sports in Kansas schools and colleges, and supporters are increasingly confident of success. The state Senate...

 

Kansas lawmakers reject requiring in-person classes March 26

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican proposal to require all Kansas public schools to offer every student full in-person classes by March 26 failed Tuesday in the state House after some lawmakers complained that it would take too much power away from...

 

Kansas district named after KKK leader to discuss new name

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a Kansas school district that is named for an early 20th century Ku Klux Klan leader are meeting Monday to discuss whether to ditch the name. The discussions come after student journalists at Seaman High School found...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 12, 2021

Oklahoma prep broadcaster denounced for racist comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An announcer for a live stream of an Oklahoma girls high school basketball game cursed and called one team by a racial epithet as the players kneeled during the national anthem. The incident occurred Thursday before the Norman... Full story

 

Missouri reform school owners charged with abusing residents

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The owners of a former Christian reform school for girls in southwest Missouri are charged with more than 100 counts alleging they sexually, emotionally and physically abused girls for years. Sixteen former residents of the Circ...

 

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