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Of Buses and Busses

Maybe it’s the English teacher in me. Maybe it’s my journalism training. I always have to smile when I’m reading school board agendas describing purchasing and maintenance of school busses. What’s so amusing? Well, “buses” are the big yellow vehicles that kids ride to schools. “Busses” are big, fat smacking kisses. Spoils my amusement somewhat … Continue reading

Feds Approve ESEA Flexibility Waiver for Missouri

This just in from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (Kansas is still waiting for approval of their waiver request): Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver Approved State will receive relief from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements Today the U.S. Department of Education approved Missouri’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver giving … Continue reading

New Regional Educational Laboratory Opens to Serve 7 States, Including KS & MO

Educators and policymakers in Kansas and Missouri now have a new  resource to turn to for research and technical advice. The U.S. Department of Education has added a central location to its network of Regional Educational Laboratories. This central location will serve seven states, including Kansas and Missouri. Research priorities include educator effectiveness and achievement … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a charter school reform measure Wednesday night. The measure is intended to address some of the problems in the state’s Charter school system. A news release says difficulties at several schools, including the Renaissance Academy for Math and Science, the Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Academy,…

UPDATE 6/29/2012: Proposed Budget and Policy Changes on Agenda for Raymore-Peculiar Board of Education

Raymore-Peculiar School District’s Board of Education met Wednesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. In addition to routine agenda items — such as hearing a summer school update and selling surplus textbooks — board members had a full evening. They reviewed a budget proposal and considered changing district policies. Superintendent Jeff Kyle presented his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. … Continue reading

School Police & Common Core Standards on Agenda for Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education

The Kansas City, Kansas School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. In addition to routine agenda items — such as declaring a nacho warmer and rolling pins to be surplus property and paying the bills — board members had a full schedule. They reviewed a contract to provide police service in … Continue reading

UPDATED 6/28: Budget on Agenda for Special Session of Fort Osage School Board

Fort Osage School District’s Board of Education held a special session the evening of Tuesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. In addition to routine agenda items — including paying a roofing contractor and accepting bids for services such as autism assessment and items such as network switches — board members reviewed a budget proposal for the coming school year. … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
Kansas City Missouri School Board member Derek Richey is resigning. The district says Richey is resigning to take another job out of town. “It has been an honor to serve the students, parents, and citizens of Kansas City over the past four years,” said Richey. “The work has been…

MO State Board of Education Approves Tobacco Tax Initiative to Fund Schools

Missouri’s State Board of Education has issued a press release with news of their approval of a proposed new sales tax on tobacco products. This tax would raise funds for public education in the state. Approval came at the board’s June meeting last week in Jefferson City: Missouri State Board of Education Affirms the Healthy … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
(AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court questioned Monday whether voters should still get a say on a trio of pocketbook initiatives this November if it rules that the auditor didn’t have the authority to estimate the measures’ effect on state revenues. At issue before the seven-member high court are…


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