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Panel approves $6 million in 'extraordinary needs' school funding

The Kansas State Finance Council authorized spending of roughly $6 million in "extraordinary needs" funding to districts that have seen large enrollment increases or property valuation declines. That was about $9 million less than what the districts had requested. By Peter Hancock

Free training session on open meetings, records law; tougher enforcement of the law in the offing

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering a free training session on the Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act next week. A new law requires tougher enforcement of KORA and KOMA.

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Fencing goes up around New York Elementary following child's injury; questions persist about safety near construction sites

Construction crews put up protective fencing around the construction site at New York Elementary School this week following an accident last week in which an 8-year-old boy was seriously injured while playing in the area. By Peter Hancock

13 percent of Kansas schools expected to ask state for more money

At least 13 percent of Kansas’ 286 school districts are expected to ask top state officials for more money to address their budget problems, renewing a debate over whether a new funding law is harming public education. Already, the state Department of Education has received applications for extra aid from 22 districts that have seen lower local tax revenues, largely due to a drop in oil prices. Another 15 to 20 districts seeing a rise in student populations will likely apply by Monday’s deadline for extra aid, including Wichita, the state’s largest district.

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Audit: Replacing school nurses with aides saves money

A recent audit showed that an eastern Kansas school district could save money by employing health aides instead of nurses, but the district's recent superintendent said nurses are worth the extra money because of the services they can provide.

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Ugandan has a chance for a college education with the help of Lawrence residents

On Sept. 10, 2009, Mackenzie Jones, who had just graduated from college, was teaching elementary students in a village on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, when she first got wind there was trouble. Jones saw dozens of Ugandans running through the village toward the church that was next door to the school. Another teacher told Jones that there were riots breaking out in the city. By Karen Dillon

Changes in funding could change online offerings in Kansas

Virtual school opportunities for Kansas students blending traditional classroom learning with online classes could nearly vanish in a couple of years. State aid to districts where some students take all their classes through a virtual school or program will climb next school year and rise still higher the following year. However, the state funding base for calculating aid for part-time students will plunge from $4,045 in 2015-16 to $1,700 in 2016-17.

Education focus: JCCC CDL training puts students in the driver's seat for a new career

A shortage of truck drivers means the trucking industry is in need — and Johnson County Community College's truck-driving program is there to help.

Kansas statistician battles government to determine whether vote count is flawed

Wichita State University mathematician Beth Clarkson has seen enough odd patterns in some election returns that she thinks it's time to check the accuracy of some Kansas voting machines. She’s finding out government officials don’t make such testing easy to do. By Karen Dillon

KNEA to appeal dismissal of teacher tenure lawsuit

The main teachers union in Kansas says it will appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit against the state for ending teacher job protections.

Deeper school cuts lack support in House

A washed out front will team up with an area of low pressure and eastward moving cold front to provide the chance of a few isolated thunderstorms Thursday. If enough moisture is present, and this looking likely, a few of ...

City mulls massive budget cuts

Today's forecast: Highs today will reach the middle to upper 20s under partly sunny skies. North winds of 15-25 mph will make it feel that much cooler. By tonight, winds settle down and we drop into the single digits. Today's ...

Student detained after bringing explosive device to school

Today's forecast: Today.... Blustery and overcast. A few flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 20-30 mph. Tonight.... Cloudy with a few flurries early. Cold. Lows in the lower teens. Today's headlines: A sixth-grader at Tonganoxie Middle School is ...

Schools will fight back if funding is cut

It looks to be a slightly warmer day today with a gusty wind from the south. We'll reach the lower 20s by mid-afternoon. Clouds will be increasing as the day progresses. Expect tonight's low to drop to about 20 degrees. ...

Former KU research aide makes first court appearance

After patchy fog for the morning, the sun will make a debut today which will allow our daytime high to top out at 71 cool degrees. Expect the wind to stay out of the east between 5-10 mph for the ...

Enrollment up in Lawrence public schools

Cloudy skies will dominate the day with a daytime high reaching 81 degrees. The wind will remain out of the east between 5-10 mph through the evening. We could have a couple of showers sneak into the area tonight leaving ...

Behind the scenes in the lunch room with Bev Lockwood

As the kitchen manager at West Junior High, Bev Lockwood, talks about how much she enjoys working with kids and also the responsibility of looking out for them and their eating habits when they are at school.

Students try to set world record for speed stacking

Perry-Lecompton Elementary School students attempt to set a world record in "Speed Stacking" on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. They were part of a nationwide effort to set the Guinness record for Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education

Baker President Pat Long made an announcement during groundbreaking ceremonies of the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education on Friday Oct. 7, 2011. The building is a new addition to Mulvane Hall.

International Walk to School Day

Students from all over the United States took part in National Walk to School Day, on Oct. 5, 2011. Students from Sunset Hills Elementary divided up into several groups and walked to school on a cool crisp morning.

Scholars walk up Mount Oread

About 200 freshman Mount Oread Scholars trekked up Mount Oread today, learning about the history and traditions of Kansas University. The scholars wore shirts with the phrase "What goes up, must come down," in reference to the KU tradition of walking down the hill during graduation.

Center for Design Research building open house

Graduates and professors discuss the Center for Design Research at Saturday's open house. The students and professors helped create the eco-friendly building on KU's West Campus as part of a year-long course known as "Studio 804."

Kids make "snowballs" to beat summer heat

Kids at East Heights have been taking part in some wintry activities through the Boys and Girls Club to help cool off this summer. Included in the various types of fun are paper snowball fights, winter movies and winter apparel.

Lawrence school district pulls everything together to make enrolling simple

Laura Kirk talks about the experience she and her children's had with the school district's Welcome and Enrollment Center. They're looking forward to their first year in Lawrence schools.

Children's Violin Recital in South Park

Students of violin teacher Julie Holmberg perform for family and friends for their annual summer concert at South Park, July 8, 2011.

KU researcher tests the generosity of LJWorld.com reporter Shaun Hittle

Omri Gillath, Kansas University associate professor of social psychology, is conducting research on ways of increasing and influencing an individual's level of generosity. In this video, Gillath tests his methods on LJWorld.com reporter Shaun Hittle.