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October School Board Reports — Week 4

Eight local school boards met last week. Kansas Gardner-Edgerton Highlight: Supervising projects funded by the sale of $72 million in school bond debt approved by voters earlier this year. Kansas City, Kansas Highlight: Routine responsibilities of governance Shawnee Mission Highlights: Taking advantage of favorable interest rates to save money for the district by refinancing some … Continue reading

Kansas City, Missouri School Board Candidate: Stephen Himes

Campaigns are underway for the Kansas City, Missouri School District Board of Education seat in District 2, and election day will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. The KC Education Enterprise is asking each candidate to respond to a list of questions that may help voters decide how to cast their ballots. Stephen Himes is one two candidates who … Continue reading

Kansas City, Missouri School Board Candidate: Gunnar Hand

Campaigns are underway for the Kansas City, Missouri School District Board of Education seat in District 2, and election day will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. The KC Education Enterprise is asking each candidate to respond to a list of questions that may help voters decide how to cast their ballots. Gunnar Hand is one two candidates who … Continue reading

Governor Brownback, Lawmakers Announce Property Tax Reform

This just in from the Kansas governor’s office: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined state lawmakers Friday at a news conference in Wichita to announce legislation that will address concerns of rising property taxes.  The Property Tax Transparency Act will require property tax mill levies to be automatically lowered as property valuations go up.  Local units of government … Continue reading

Neighbor and Roberts Vying to Represent District 2 on Kansas State Board of Education

Kansans trying to decide between two State Board of Education candidates by voting along party lines will encounter some cognitive dissonance. That’s because one candidate — Cindy Neighbor — was a Republican who is now a Democrat. And the other candidate — Steve Roberts — was an Independent who is now a Republican. The two … Continue reading

Public School Employment Growing Faster Than Enrollment Nationally and in KC-Metropolitan Area

Public school employment has grown at least three times faster than the increase in students, according to a new study released yesterday by The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. And the national increase is reflected locally, with employment outstripping enrollment in both Kansas and Missouri. “Compared to other nations’ schools, U.S. public schools devote significantly … Continue reading

October School Board Reports — Week 3

The Kansas and Missouri State Boards of Education as well as eight local school boards met last week. Kansas Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Highlight: Routine responsibilities of governance Hickman Mills Highlight: Received metal detector search log summary and police report State Board of Education Highlights: Heard an update on the new Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol (KEEP), the … Continue reading

Black Students in Metro Area More Likely Than Whites To Be Suspended From School

“Every second and a half during the school year a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension.” — Children’s Defense Fund. (2012) Moments in America for children. Black students in the metropolitan Kansas City area are twice as likely as whites to be suspended from school, and this could be a violation of their right to public … Continue reading

Park Hill School Board Member Resigns After Violating Concealed Handgun Policy

This just in from the Park Hill School District’s director of communication services, Nicole Kirby: Board Accepts Sanchez’s Resignation The Park Hill Board of Education met tonight to accept the resignation of Fred Sanchez from the Board. Sanchez said he resigned because had a concealed handgun when he came to last Thursday’s Board meeting. He … Continue reading

October School Board Reports — Week 2

15 local school boards met last week. Kansas Basehor Linwood Highlight: Heard financial audit report for fiscal year that ended last summer Blue Valley Highlight: Received a report on the district’s annual financial audit De Soto Highlights: Considered adopting a district policy governing “Energy Conservation” Heard an enrollment report, which showed an increase of 89 students (which … Continue reading

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