Students walk on a school campus.

A bomb threat at my son’s Lawrence school shattered an afternoon into emotional fragments

BY: - January 30, 2023

On 11:22 Thursday morning, I received a call from the Lawrence Unified School District. Hearing about a bomb threat at your child’s middle school has a way of fixing a precise time in your mind. The message, recorded by district communications director Julie Boyle, was admirably direct and concise. The school had learned of a […]

House Minority Leader Vic Miller addresses the student government at Emporia State

Emporia State University graduate encourages student leaders, laments school’s ‘debacle’

BY: - January 27, 2023

EMPORIA — House Minority Leader Vic Miller regaled members of the Emporia State University student government Thursday with tales of his early 1970s escapades on campus — while lamenting the school’s elimination of tenured staff and programs last year. He pointed to himself and his Republican counterpart, House Speaker Dan Hawkins, as examples of accomplished […]

An illustration shows two hands holding a paper cutout of family figures on a laptop screen

It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your work laptop is?

BY: - January 27, 2023

Last night, I imagined myself as a boiled frog. Laptop in my lap at 8:30 p.m., I highlighted text from one page, copied it and pasted it onto another page. Over and over. Cut. Copy. Paste. Onto the next page. Highlight. Copy. Paste. Onto the next page. Next to me, my daughter and wife were […]

Rep. Kristey Williams

‘Holy tax scams’: Kansas lawmakers fight over plan to fund private schools with tax write-offs

BY: - January 26, 2023

TOPEKA — Lawmakers and education officials sparred for more than two hours Wednesday over a proposal to expand a private school tax credit originally billed as a way to serve low-income Kansas students. Education officials and Democrats criticized House Bill 2048 during a tense, jampacked House K-12 Education Budget Committee hearing. Critics said the legislation would […]

Byron Lewis, an elementary school teacher in the Turner district, said the state should create a program to compensate student teachers as one step toward alleviating the shortage of classroom educators across Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas educators share personal insights in quest to reverse statewide teacher shortage

BY: - January 23, 2023

Kansas educators tackle K-12 teacher shortage by touting life-changing occupation, but size of the shortfall will require cash infusion for salary hikes.

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A watchdog says the feds aren’t doing enough to investigate problem colleges

BY: - January 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — Incomplete written guidelines and penalties that had not been updated since 2016. Significant turnover and reductions among staff. Changing agency priorities and department probes put “on hold.” Over the past six years, these problems have stifled the U.S. Department of Education’s investigations team that is supposed to probe colleges that misrepresent themselves to […]

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New college semester brings new questions about how to fill empty seats

BY: - January 20, 2023

Visit a faculty break room on a college campus these days. Or gather a group of university professors together for a Friday afternoon cocktail. Or call one on the phone to ask how classes are going. Attendance arises first in almost any such conversation. Three semesters past the time when most universities proclaimed that classes […]

Sen. Caryn Tyson said implementing a sales tax holiday for school supplies would incentivize Kansas parents to shop in the state. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers debate sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping

BY: - January 19, 2023

TOPEKA — Three bills that would help Kansas parents trying to save money on school supplies were received favorably by legislators on Thursday.  During a Senate Committee on Assessment and Taxation meeting, Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, committee chair, said she was optimistic about passing some form of  legislation to help out Kansans buying for school […]

Advocates gather to support former University of Kansas professor following his sentencing

BY: - January 18, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Supporters of former University of Kansas professor Franklin Tao gathered in the cold wind and rain Wednesday outside the Robert J. Dole Federal Courthouse. The group assembled to show support for Tao, who was the first person arrested under former President Donald Trump’s discontinued “China Initiative” in 2019, and to voice […]

Three new members of the 10-person Kansas Board of Education made their presence felt at their first meeting by raising questions about COVID-19 relief funding for local school districts, the summer food program for malnourished students and retention of the Board of Education's attorney. The image is the statehouse mural honoring the Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregation of schools unconstitutional. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Three Kansas Board of Education newcomers make presence felt at inaugural meeting

BY: - January 15, 2023

Three new members of Kansas Board of Education make presence felt at their first meeting on COVID-19 funding, nutrition programs and hiring an attorney.

James Genandt, president of Manhattan Area Technical College, urged Kansas House members to increase state funding to enable greater investment in academic facilities and equipment at the state's seven technical colleges. He said technical education offers the "most rapid, direct" return on investment. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas’ four-year universities, colleges request greater state support of need-based scholarships

BY: - January 14, 2023

Kansas' four-year higher education institutions seek state investment in scholarships, while two-year colleges request funding to expand academic programs.

JuliAnn Mazachek, president of Midwestern State University in Texas, was selected to lead Washburn University in Topeka. She spent 30 years at WU before taking the Texas job in 2022. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former Washburn administrator selected president of Topeka university

BY: - January 11, 2023

A former Washburn University administrator was convinced to leave Midwestern State University in Texas after less than one year to become WU's president.