Wichita State defends Koch-funded school amid criticism

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Officials at Wichita State University say a new private school being financed by members of the Koch family is a good fit for the university's campus.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Chase and Annie Koch announced they're financing a new private pre-K-through-12th-grade school called Wonder on Wichita State's campus.

Critics of the proposed school say the public university that receives state funding shouldn't be the site of an exclusive private school. Steve Wentz, president of United Teachers of Wichita, says the school can't accurately test education strategies unless it includes children of all abilities and financial means.

Wonder co-founder Zach Lahn says the school wants to expand access to benefit more students and eventually plans to have at least 25 percent of its students on scholarships or financial aid.