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National Day of Listening: Thank a Teacher

Today is the StoryCorps National Day of Listening, and the theme is Thank a Teacher. Click here to find out how to record and post your story: http://nationaldayoflistening.org/

Missouri Educators Fear Proposed State Sales Tax Would Mean Less Money For Schools

Petitions are circulating in Missouri this fall, and if enough registered voters sign, then the state will place the Missouri Income Tax Initiative — which supporters call the FairTax and opponents call the Everything Tax — on the ballot next November as a proposed constitutional amendment. If the initiative succeeds, then there would be an … Continue reading

Citizen Watchdog Group Reports on Kansas City, Missouri School Board’s Nov. 16 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, Nov. 16, meeting. You can read the report here: http://www.dotherightthingforkids.org/reportcards/ The citizens’ summary of the board’s performance?: “Seven members of Do the Right Thing for Kids observed and evaluated … Continue reading

“I hope we have a snow day tomorrow. I hope we have a snow day tomorrow. I hope … “

This winter, children in the North Kansas City School District who go to bed chanting “I hope we have a snow day tomorrow” may not have as many of their wishes granted. Late last week, district administration notified parents of a new plan allowing schools to start two hours late on days when weather threatens … Continue reading

Occupy Wichita Protesters Speak Out on School Funding & Other Issues, One Arrested

Occupy Wichita disrupted a town hall meeting sponsored by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback yesterday. Among other issues, protesters spoke out on behalf of public education, criticizing the governor for slashing school funding. Police arrested one protester, who was later released. Reducing childhood poverty was the topic of the town hall meeting, and the speaker was … Continue reading

Methane Gas Discovery Heats Up Cost of New Park Hill Elementary School

Contractors working for the Park Hill School District have encountered $93,000 worth of highly flammable trouble while installing a ground source heat pump for a new elementary school. After workers started digging wells for installing heat pump pipes at the new school, they discovered a pocket of combustible methane gas in the ground. Heat pumps use pipes running deep underground — … Continue reading

Voters Said “Yes” to Zoo, “No” to Schools, But Why?

By now you’ve heard the news. Last week voters in Jackson and Clay counties went to the polls to say “Yes” to a sales tax for the Kansas City Zoo and “No” to a tax levy for the Liberty Public School District. While zoo supporters celebrated their victory, Liberty Superintendent Mike Brewer told supporters he thought … Continue reading

Citizen Watchdog Group Reports on Kansas City, Missouri School Board’s Nov. 2 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, Nov. 2, meeting. You can read the report here: http://tinyurl.com/6scuhap The citizens’ summary of the board’s performance?: “Eight Board Watchers attended the November 2, 2011 school board … Continue reading

KC-Area Educators Helping Develop National Science Standards

Six educators, a state representative and three business people from the Kansas City-metropolitan area are helping develop the nation’s Next Generation Science Standards. They are serving on a statewide committee to review and comment on work being done by Kansas State Department of Education staff members. Similar committees are hard at work in 19 other … Continue reading

Homeless Citizens Eligible to Vote on Liberty Property Tax Issue

The number of homeless people has been increasing across the Kansas City metropolitan area, including in the Liberty Public School District, where voters will decide whether to approve a 43-cent education property tax increase. Even if homeless citizens manage to find transportation to make it to the polls, they may find themselves effectively disenfranchised. Voters … Continue reading

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