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Next year, finals to be mandatory at all Wichita high schools
Starting next school year, final exams will be mandatory for all Wichita high school students.
District officials say they plan to roll out new guidelines that will do away with exemptions that allow students at some schools to bypass final exams if they have a certain grade or attendance record.
“We want our kids to be college and career ready, and most of the kids that are going off to college will experience final exams not as an option but as an expectation,” said Bill Faflick, assistant superintendent for secondary schools.
Rainbows United restructuring after bankruptcy is paying off
It was Pajama Day at Rainbows United.
Some of the kids were having a Dr. Seuss story read to them. Groups of toddlers were taking rides in a wagon. Other toddlers were making shapes out of Play-Doh.
All of this was happening at a Rainbows United facility near K-96 and Oliver one afternoon last week, four and a half years after it appeared unlikely that kids would be doing anything at Rainbows United ever again.
Sasnak Management closes 17 Carlos O'Kelly's restaurants — none in Wichita — in repositioning move
WICHITA No Wichita Carlos O'Kelly's are affected, but Sasnak Management has closed 17 of its Mexican restaurants in order to reposition the company.
"It's been gut wrenching," says president Jon Rolph.
However, he says, "We have 22 strong locations moving forward.
Booklist Review of the Day
Children of the Revolution.
Robinson, Peter (author).
Apr. 2014. 352p. Morrow, hardcover, $25.99 (9780062240507); Morrow, e-book, $14.99 (9780062240552).
First published March 1, 2014 (Booklist).
Robinson’s long-running and best-selling Inspector Banks series, now spanning more than 20 novels, has won a clutch of awards, including France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Sweden’s Martin Beck awards, along with nominations for Edgar and Agatha awards. Detective Chief Inspector Banks, the artsy and melancholic Yorkshire detective, and his snarky sidekick, Detective Inspector Annie Cabbot, are consistently fun to watch, whether you just drop in on this series or have seen the shifts in their relationship from the beginning. Robinson writes police procedurals in which the latest forensic science enhances, while still taking a back seat to, the basic arts of detection; Banks is clearly on the side of old-fashioned discovery of motive and opportunity, and his questioning of suspects is wonderful to witness. This time the body of a former university lecturer is found on the tracks of an abandoned railroad track in North Yorkshire. The man has been living hand to mouth since his dismissal on charges of sexual misconduct several years before. The scene reads as a suicide, except to Banks, who suspects that the 5,000 pounds left in the man’s pocket and his recent reaching out to militant college contacts from the 1970s may point to a more complicated story. As usual with a Banks novel, the chief inspector’s frictions with higher-ups are nearly as gripping as the unraveling of the case itself. First-rate procedural and character study.
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: An A-list staple, Robinson’s Inspector Banks series has a devoted following, especially in libraries, and this is one of the series’ highlights.