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KU nets $1.25 million grant to train teachers on inclusion of students with disabilities in schools

Kansas University has secured a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the federal Office of Special Education Programs to help increase inclusion in schools, the university announced Tuesday.

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Kansas Legislature passes school finance bill; Brownback says he will sign it

Kansas lawmakers on Friday night passed a school funding equity bill that they believe will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court without taking money out of general state aid for school districts.

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Kids Count report: Kansas sees drop in national education ranking

Several measures of public education in Kansas have gotten worse over the last several years, causing the state to slip in its national ranking. Kansas dropped from 12th to 20th nationally, with measures of reading, math and early childhood education showing declines.

Overhaul of Kansas school accreditation system underway

The Kansas State Board of Education authorized scrapping the Quality Performance Accreditation system that has been in place since 1992 and moving to a new system that will hold individual schools accountable for a broad array of achievement goals.

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Association of school boards touts successes, challenges facing Kansas education

The Kansas Association of School Boards says public schools in Kansas have done a better job than most in educating students, especially given their financial constraints. But it says schools face a number of challenges going forward, including more students living in poverty, rising costs and essentially flat funding from the state.

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GOP lawmakers to mull several changes in Kansas Constitution

Republican legislators who want to limit the courts’ power to force changes in how Kansas funds its public schools could revive several long-standing proposals for revising the state constitution.

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Wealthy school districts at center of Kansas funding dispute

Kansas legislative leaders preparing for a June 23 special session to discuss school funding say they plan to resolve the issue as quickly as possible to avoid school closures on July 1, and whether wealthy school districts lose part of their aid to poorer ones will be a key topic.

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Transgender issue less urgent now, state education board member says

Kansas State Board of Education member Ken Willard says there's no longer an urgent need for the board to take action on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students. But he still thinks the agency needs to give guidance to local school boards.

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A graduation that was never supposed to come: Wellsville student, KU superfan beats odds of rare disease

Children’s Mercy Hospital respiratory therapist Marci Mulloy wiped away tears as she talked about 18­-year-­old Michael Douglas. He has a rare lung disease that requires him to use oxygen at all times. She said doctors had predicted he wouldn’t be able to attend kindergarten because of fatigue. They also didn’t expect him to live past the age of 13. He proved them wrong.

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Kansas House speaker decries federal rules on transgender bathrooms

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, began circulating a letter this week in hopes of getting other lawmakers to join him in protesting recent federal guidelines directing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and engage in other activities that correspond to their gender identity.

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.