Archive for Monday, April 21, 2014

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12:23 a.m.
Ndeye Mbaye, of Senegal, and Kennedy Elementary preschooler Ayanna Brinson read a book together on Thursday. Mbaye, who is studying at KU and student teaching at Kennedy, is looking for an employer to sponsor her so she can acquire a green card and remain in the U.S. to teach early-childhood special education. Senegalese woman has conquered numerous obstacles to study at KU, student teach in Lawrence; can she overcome one more?
April 21, 2014
Ndeye Mbaye has conquered numerous obstacles to study at Kansas University and student teach in Lawrence. But, with her visa set to expire soon, can she overcome one more? By Giles Bruce
9:23 a.m.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas' Bridgid Schwilling with her service dog Grady. Area woman overcomes adversity and becomes Ms. Wheelchair Kansas
April 20, 2014
Bridgid Schwilling, 43, has seen her share of adversity. Living a life with Cerebral Palsy hasn’t always been easy, especially since being placed in a wheelchair years ago. Still, she calls herself an “overcomer.” Now, Schwilling sits tall with a silk sash, glittering tiara and her service dog, Grady, at her side. Last month, Schwilling took home the coveted “Ms. Wheelchair Kansas” title at the program’s state pageant in Topeka.
11:23 a.m.
Strong Hall, Kansas University New international recruitment program draws questions from faculty and students
April 21, 2014
Kansas University has teamed up with a private startup to create a new three-semester program meant to provide an intensive first-year experience for international students. The university has said the program will increase international student enrollment and student success. Faculty and students have questioned whether it is the best approach to international student recruitment. By Ben Unglesbee
5:16 p.m.
Governor Sam Brownback signs a school finance bill that will increase funding to schools and also contains some controversial policy change, Monday, April 21, 2014 in his ceremonial office at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. With Brownback are Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stillwell, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and state board of education member Steve Roberts, R-Overland Park. Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 6:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild

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