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New Federal Data: Graduation Rates Reveal Achievement Gaps for KS & MO

At first glance, the graduation rates for Missouri and Kansas — while showing room for improvement — don’t look too bad. Not in the top 10 but not at the bottom of the rankings, either. But take a look at the graduation rates for black, Hispanic and disadvantaged students, because that’s where the problems lie. … Continue reading

Race to the Top District Grants: Five Local Applicants, No Local Finalists

No local districts are among the finalists for the latest round of federal Race to the Top grants. Five districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area were on the applicant list. Three Missouri districts outside the metro area are on the list of 61 finalists announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. No Kansas … Continue reading

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KC Teachers Union E-Mail: "Know your rights". The head of the Kansas City teachers union, Andrea Flinders, says some of her members and other school employees are being “unfairly" accused of abusing children in Kansas City’s classrooms. "In some cases, teachers and other school employees are being hotlined unfairly,"…

November School Board Meetings — Week 4

Three local school boards met during the fourth week of November. Kansas Turner Highlight: Routine responsibilities of governance. Missouri Center Highlights: Announced that candidates may file to run for election to the school board starting Tuesday, Dec. 18, and ending Tuesday, Jan. 15. Heard a report about the new national Common Core Standards, which Missouri … Continue reading

Is it possible to teach attitudes? — Part 12 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 11, click HERE. 12. Is it possible to teach attitudes? The notion that an organization could teach anything at all is a relatively new one. Traditionally, society assumed that artists, singers, artisans, writers, scientists, and alchemists would find their calling, then find a mentor, and then learn their craft. It … Continue reading

November School Board Meetings — Week 3

The Kansas State Board of Education and 21 local school boards met during the third week of November. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Considered adopting an official state definition of the phrase “College and Career ready.” Districts throughout the state are phasing in the new national Common Core Standards, which the state board has … Continue reading

Lee’s Summit Superintendent Explains Impact of Proposition B Failure on School Funding

Missouri voters recently rejected Proposition B, a sales tax on tobacco products, which would have provided some funding for public schools. David McGehee, superintendent of the Lee’s Summit School District, has published a blog post describing the effect the rejection of this proposition means to funding in his district and others. To read his post, … Continue reading

To efficiently run a school, amplify fear (and destroy passion) — Part 11 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 10, click HERE. 11. To efficiently run a school, amplify fear (and destroy passion) School’s industrial, scaled-up, measurable structure means that fear must be used to keep the masses in line. There’s no other way to get hundreds or thousands of kids to comply, to process that many … Continue reading

Local Districts, Students Will Absorb the Impact If Congress Jumps Off the Fiscal Cliff

If you missed our post earlier this week about how a leap off the fiscal cliff could affect public education in Kansas and Missouri, please click HERE. Earlier this week, the KC Education Enterprise asked all 28 local districts about the impact sequestration would have on their budgets if the U.S. Congress decides to jump off … Continue reading

November School Board Meetings — Weeks 1 & 2

Six local school boards met during the first two weeks of November. Kansas Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Highlight: Heard an audit report Olathe Highlights: Heard a presentation regarding the new national Common Core Standards for mathematics which are being adopted in the district Heard a report regarding the district’s annual audit for the fiscal year ending June … Continue reading

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