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 By Jennifer Palmer    Regional    July 18, 2019 

For first time, 'read or fail' law is fully funded. Will it reduce retentions?

One of the state’s most contentious education initiatives, the Reading Sufficiency Act, is fully funded for the first time, with $12 million dedicated to fund supports for struggling readers in the 2019-20 school year. The reading law has for six y...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 18, 2019 

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers,...

 

Couple wins one, loses one in lawsuits against Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A black couple who filed separate discrimination lawsuits against Emporia State University won one lawsuit while the other was dismissed. The Kansas City Star reports a federal judge ruled Tuesday the university retaliated...

 

Investigators of ex-OU president paid more than $1.5 million

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has paid another nearly $490,000 to a law firm that investigated alleged sexual misconduct by former OU President David Boren. The Oklahoman reports that the July payment to the Jones Day law firm...

 

Oklahoma woman to lead National Parent Teacher Association

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City businesswoman will lead the nation's largest child advocacy group. The Oklahoman reports Anna King has been elected president of the National Parent Teacher Association for a term starting in 2021. King...

 

Kansas governor appoints 3 members to Board of Regents

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has appointed three members to the Kansas Board of Regents. The governor's office announced in a news release Friday her picks for the governing body of the state's six Regents universities and other...

 

New Mexico launches STEM challenge for high school students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is asking its high school students to take up the gauntlet as part of a statewide academic challenge that aims to answer one question: How will you use science and technology to help with national security? Los...

 

The handshake: Mr. K-State still going strong at 89

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Everyone should shake hands with Ernie Barrett once in their life. Seriously. If you haven't met him before, you're missing out. The 89-year old former Kansas State basketball player, athletic director and fundraiser who...

 

Wichita State lands $33M contract for Army missile program

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University's aviation research program has landed a $33 million contract for the Army's high-speed missile program. The Wichita Eagle reports that the three-year contract calls for the National Institute for...

 

OKC school board member seeks to stop discussion of conduct

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City School Board member seeks to permanently prevent the board from discussing his conduct. In a motion dated July 3, member Charles Henry asks a judge for a permanent injunction to stop the board from actions...

 

Kansas junior college president announces plans to retire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City community college's president has announced plans to retire just months after controversy erupted over statements he purportedly made about the affluence of its students. Johnson County Community...

 

Kansas university wins grant targeting Hispanic teachers

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently awarded grant will help local teachers who are Hispanic or who teach in districts with large Hispanic populations. The Joplin Globe reports that the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program awarded Pittsburg State...

 

For 4th year, feds say Texas special ed. 'needs assistance'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For the fourth year in a row, federal education officials have found Texas "needs assistance" providing special education services required by law. The Houston Chronicle reports the U.S. Department of Education in June gave...

 

Kansas university wins grant targeting Hispanic teachers

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A recently awarded grant will help local teachers who are Hispanic or who teach in districts with large Hispanic populations. The Joplin Globe reports that the Laura Bush 21st-Century Librarian program awarded Pittsburg State...

 

Training teachers to take arms against school shooters

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — It was deafening when a dozen teachers, parents and school staffers from across Colorado stepped up to the yellow line of a gun range and fired five rounds from their handguns, in tandem. Empty shells bounced like hail across t...

 

Kansas program helps teachers incorporate cultural history

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas lawmakers are encouraging teachers to incorporate culturally relevant studies into their lesson plans. Democratic Reps. John Alcala and Valdenia Winn have spearheaded the Kansas Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Summer...

 

Arkansas school using a drug dog to address substance abuse

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Fouke Public School District recently introduced its new canine officer, named Major, at the school. Major is a narcotics detection canine. "This is primarily a deterrent for our students who are into drugs and substance...

 

Official: State emergency teacher licenses up 54% in 2018-19

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An ongoing teacher shortage led Oklahoma public schools to hire roughly 1,000 more nonaccredited teachers in the most recent school year compared to 2017-2018, and that number is expected to rise, according to state education...

 

Boys' mock government proposed eliminating women's vote

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An organization that sponsors an all-male Kansas student mock government apologized after this year's teenage governor proposed eliminating the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote. The teenager from...

 
 By Ben Felder    Regional    June 26, 2019

Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates using federal funds for college

HOMINY, Okla. (AP) — Darrell Elliott carried a crate of lavender flowers out of the greenhouse into the direct sunlight, taking advantage of a break from a recent string of spring storms that left northeast Oklahoma soggy and humid. Wearing an...

 

Order stops OKC school board from discussing member conduct

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of the Oklahoma City School Board has obtained a court order preventing the board from discussing his conduct. The Oklahoman reports that board member Charles Henry obtained a temporary restraining order against board...

 

4-seat plane lands on its belly at Wichita airport

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a pilot landed a four-seat plane on its belly at a Wichita airport. The Wichita Eagle reports that emergency crews were called around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday after the 1966 Mooney M20C landed...

 

More tips sought on third anniversary of woman's killing

ASSARIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are asking for more information about the killing of a Kansas dog breeder on the third anniversary of her death. The Kansas Bureau of Information said in a news release that it's followed up on hundreds of leads in...

 

Police apprehend ex-worker who threatened shooting in caves

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have apprehended a fired worker who is accused of threatening a shooting in Kansas City's massive subterranean network of businesses housed in old limestone mines. Police said Tuesday in a tweet that they found...

 

Man convicted in shooting that killed 3 in downtown Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man was convicted Tuesday in a shooting that killed three people in a popular downtown area of a Kansas college town. Anthony Roberts Jr., 22, of Topeka, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree felony murder, one...

 

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