Senate Education Committee moves bill requiring teacher drug screenings and background checks

Posted on March 5, 2014

By Hannah Wise The Senate committee on education ducked discussion of creating a Kansas public charter school act Tuesday, but moved two other bills to the Senate floor. The committee last heard testimony on the establishment of charter schools on Feb. 14 and further discussion was slated for Tuesday’s hearing. If passed, the measure would increase the number of charter schools in the state by allowing more public entities to establish ...

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House Energy Committee considers resolution against federal climate change plans

Posted on March 5, 2014

By Hannah Wise Originally published on #### in ####.  The Kansas House Committee on Energy and Environment heard testimony Thursday on a non-binding resolution to oppose President Barack Obama’s recent plan to curb the effects of climate change. The president’s Climate Action Plan from June 2013 calls for the United States, by 2020, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels. It is up to the Environmental ...

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Kansas House panel considers opt-in-only sex education

Posted on March 5, 2014

By Hannah Wise Originally published February 18, 2014 in the Lawrence Journal-World TOPEKA — What began as a hearing about human health and sex education for Kansas students evolved Tuesday into a debate on parental involvement and best school practices. The House education committee heard testimony on HB 2620, which would prohibit school districts from providing health and sex education to students without written consent from a ...

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Olathe teacher surprised with $25,000 grant

Posted on December 3, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE Originally published in the Olathe News on Nov. 23, 2012 Neither children nor their teachers knew exactly why they were filing into the gym at Prairie Center Elementary on Tuesday, the last day they’d all be together before breaking for Thanksgiving. Guests from across the state, including Kansas Commissioner of Education Diane DeBacker, had gathered at the Olathe school to honor one mystery educator. But even as guests ...

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Middle school students design ornaments for Missouri’s tree in D.C.

Posted on November 19, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE Originally published on Nov. 1, 2012 in the Kansas City Star  Students at Center Middle School want to show Missouri to the nation this holiday season. The school was chosen to represent the state by creating ornaments for the Missouri tree in the national Christmas tree display in Washington D.C. Sixteen students in Jennifer Short’s eighth-grade art class worked with a local artist in residence to design ornaments ...

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Different, but really the same

Posted on November 19, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE Awarded 6th place 2012 Hearst Journalism Award in Feature Writing for this story. Originally published Sept. 4, 2012 in 913 Magazine.  Ken Schweda-Stoskopf stood in his kitchen earlier this summer making dinner for his family and his 13-year-old son’s friend, a first-time sleepover guest. “Boys,” Ken said, “…Evan has a test tomorrow so please keep the noise down tonight.” “Who’s Evan?” the ...

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Access for all: Becoming an inclusive campus

Posted on April 28, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE Lauren Wismer sits in the front row of her class in Budig 120. She is in the center section in the seat on the far left. Though she faces forward, she does not see the professor. Instead, she is watching her sign language translator sign the lecture to her. Wismer is hard of hearing and has had progressive hearing loss since age two. She said the hearing loss was caused by medication given to her as an infant to treat ear ...

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University begins to evaluate foreign language requirement

Posted on March 11, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE The University of Kansas is undergoing university-wide curriculum evaluations. No department is going without an evaluation. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is evaluating the current general education requirements for undergraduates. Every class is being examined for its value in the scope of what the University's "Bold Aspirations" plan defines as key parts of a higher education degree. The University’s 40 ...

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Audio: E-textbooks may hit campus soon

Posted on February 17, 2012

BY HANNAH WISE E-textbooks may be hitting the University of Kansas. Students have mixed reviews on the matter while administrators and bookstore employees are just trying to keep up. Listen to the story here.  Transcript:  HANNAH WISE, BYLINE: This generation’s students are constantly flooded with new technology at home, work and school. The University of Kansas is taking steps in the direction of encouraging electronic books and ...

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Know what governing bodies are doing with your tuition

Posted on February 13, 2012

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