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Posted: May 16, 2024
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Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday, May 15, signed House Substitute for Senate Bill 387 into law.

The bill fully funds K-12 education, including special education.

Nine different bills were added into House Sub for SB 387 during the 2024 Kansas Legislative session.

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Posted: May 16, 2024
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Take a look in a modern-day classroom and you’ll see children of varying races, integrated and working toward the same goal of earning an education. Seventy years ago and beyond, that was not the case.

Despite being a free state, Kansas allowed segregation of elementary schools in cities with populations of 15,000 or more. Parents began to challenge these laws as early as 1881.

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Posted: May 9, 2024
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Nine Topeka Unified School District 501 high school students recently signed letters of intent to pursue teaching careers. In addition to the letter of intent each student a signed contract, guaranteeing them a teaching job in the district when they graduate college. 

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Posted: May 2, 2024
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When Mac Carr was five weeks old, his parents began noticing his eyes were making different movements that weren’t typical for a child his age. 

His mom, Nicole, called an ophthalmologist to get him checked out. He was diagnosed with optic nerve hypoplasia, which Nicole said means someone could be sighted, otherwise seemingly typical, or totally blind and anywhere in between. They also did functional vision assessments, but that didn’t indicate blindness. So, it was a game of wait and see. 

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Posted: Apr 25, 2024
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Melinda Eddington joined Goddard Unified School District 265’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) program before her son, Jordan, was born in 2012. 

“It was definitely a blessing because I probably wouldn’t have gotten him referred as soon as I did,” Eddington said. 

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