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

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise | Photo Credit: 123rf stock image | Logo Credit: Kansas City, Kansas School District

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 schools and learned about the new Common Core Standards.

Superintendent Cynthia Lane informed the board about the renewal of a contract with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department to place officers in four of five high schools. The cost will be $120,000 for the coming school year. These School Resource Officers (SROs) have responsibilities ranging from directing traffic to investigating criminal activities.

Also during the meeting, board members heard a report about Common Core Standards. According to the report, standards “are the skills and knowledge students need to be successful.” Although the district and state have maintained academic standards for many years, the Common Core is new. Both the Kansas State Board of Education and the KCK School District adopted them a little more than two years ago, and they are still being integrated into the curriculum. These are the first standards that are nationwide and that were designed to be aligned with college and career readiness.

Tonight’s meeting, which was open to the public, took place in the board room of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center; 2010 N. 59th Street; Kansas City, KS 66104. The next meeting will take place Tuesday, July 17.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.


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