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Monday, May 26, 2014

Educators Not Satisfied With Revised Kansas Social Media Policy

NPR – Juana Summers

“The clash between academic freedom and state oversight in Kansas last week continues, as the state Board of Regents revised its policy on what faculty and staff at the state’s colleges and universities can post on social media.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Foreign language pilot program for elementary students expands in Lee’s Summit

Lee’s Summit Journal – TORIANO PORTER

“By his own admission, being immersed in multiple languages has meant a world of difference to Emmanuel Ngomsi, chief executive of World Link 360…world-wide studies continue to show that being immersed in a different language brings out the best in a child’s learning development. “Kids that learn a second language score even higher in math, in logic tests and are also proficient in problem-solving skills,” he said.”(more)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Why Kids in Kansas May Learn How to Shake Hands but not How to Save and Invest

Time – Dan Kadlec

“A statehouse debate in Topeka shines a light on common blind spots in the fight for financial education.”(more)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kansas violating state constitution in school funding, court says

Reuters – Carey Gillam

“Kansas is violating the state constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday.”(more)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Study Shows Positive Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Academic Test Scores among Kansas Students

Digital Journal – Press Release

“The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) today announced the results of a new study funded by the Kansas Health Foundation that indicate, on average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math and miss fewer days of school.”(more)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

International Test Results Irk Kansas Education Commish

Education News – Mirabel Shanny

“Earlier this month, the results of international mathematics and reading tests were referred to as “sobering” news for the United States, by Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker…However, she believes that the U.S. could benefit from new Common Core standards meant to raise the bar in those subjects.”(more)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Early education schools’ aim: Give impoverished opportunities

The Wichita Eagle – Roy Wenzl

“He wanted early education to be done boldly. He wanted to model nationally how to inspire and educate kids who live in poverty.”(more)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kan. school board approves new science standards

Education Week – Staff Writer

“The Kansas state school board has approved new, multi-state science standards for public schools that treat both evolution and climate change as key concepts to be taught from kindergarten through the 12th grade.”(more)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

‘Core’ Curriculum Puts Education Experts At Odds

NPR – Claudio Sanchez

“The Common Core is an attempt to get all states to adopt the same, rigorous standards, beginning with English and math. But MacLachlan says its impact on learning in the classroom is unclear.”(more)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Women’s History Month speaker emphasizes STEM

Fort Leavenworth Lamp Jan Dumay

“Using military words like “combat,” “arm” and “badge of honor,” Barbara McAllister urged attendees at the Women’s History Month luncheon March 26 at Fort Leavenworth’s Frontier Conference Center to inspire girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.”(more)