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Citizen Watchdog Group Reports on Kansas City, Missouri School Board’s Oct. 12 Meeting

A citizen watchdog group, Do the Right Thing for Kids, has released its report assessing the performance of the Kansas City, Missouri School Board’s performance during its Wednesday, Oct. 12, meeting. You can read the report here: http://www.dotherightthingforkids.org/reportcards/october-12-2011/ The citizens’ summary of the board’s performance?: “At its October 12 meet­ing the Board heard from senior … Continue reading

Less Than a Week Left for Missourians to Comment on Proposed School Accreditation Rule

Missourians who would like to comment on the new school accreditation rule — MSIP 5 — being proposed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have a few days left to do so. The deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1. Here are some links with more information about MSIP 5: Previous coverage in the KC … Continue reading

“Teachers are Nervous”: States Are Changing the Way They Evaluate Educators

“Teachers are nervous,” Sandi Jacobs said earlier this week. “They’re hearing a lot of things that are scaring them.” Jacobs, a former educator and current vice president of the National Council on Teacher Quality, was talking about job performance evaluations. As many who have worked in the field for any length of time will tell … Continue reading

UPDATE Oct. 27: SB 1 Will Become Law in Missouri … Sometime

Last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed SB 1 into law. This is the bill modifying the section of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act regulating online communication among educators and the young people they teach. According to state statute, the new law is to take effect 90 days after the conclusion of the current … Continue reading

Like Growing Kids Need New Shoes, NKC Needs More Classrooms

Students going back to school next fall will find more classroom space at three middle schools in the North Kansas City School District. However, given the fact that their buildings are already crowded and enrollment is continuing to rise, students still won’t exactly have a lot of space to stretch out in. LaTrisha’s going through … Continue reading

What Do Missourians Value Most About Education? State Officials Want to Know.

Plans are underway to revise the accreditation process for public schools in Missouri. To inform this process, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) wants to know what Missourians value most about education. Therefore, the department is holding a series of meetings across the state. Residents of the Kansas City metropolitan area will have … Continue reading

Signed Into Law: Missouri Districts Must Make Their Own Policies About Teachers Friending Students on Facebook

It was down to the deadline. Today was the last day for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to sign SB 1 into law, and he did it. Here is the report from the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA) Legislative Director Otto Fajen: GOVERNOR SIGNS SCHOOL COMMUNICATION BILL INTO LAW Governor Jay Nixon signed SCS/SB 1 (Jane … Continue reading

Park Hill School Board Asking Community to Assist in Superintendent Search

During the next couple of weeks, Park Hill School District residents will have the opportunity to participate in the process of hiring an executive to lead one of the largest employers in their district. The Board of Education is asking the community to help in the search for a new school superintendent. The current superintendent, Dennis … Continue reading

Here’s a Radical Idea: Use Standardized Tests to Guide Student Growth, Not Just Grade Schools

Critics of standardized assessments — such as the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test — voice concern that test results are not available in a timely manner for teachers to use in helping students learn. Instead, Missouri districts uses the results primarily for bureaucratic purposes, to file their Annual Performance Reports (APR). But that may be … Continue reading

Two Local Districts Helping Kansas Test New Way to Evaluate Educators

Two metropolitan area school districts are pilot sites this year for a new educator evaluation program the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is developing. Administrators in the Spring Hill School District will be piloting the district and building leader evaluation programs, and some educators in the Kansas City, Kansas School District will be piloting … Continue reading

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