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Guns in Schools: Keep the Safety Lock On

It is SO incredibly hard to drop my kids off at school today. I just wanna lock the doors and stay home, but I know I can’t. Nothing is harder than being a parent and knowing there is nothing else you can do but trust and let go. — Facebook post the Monday after the … Continue reading

December School Board Meetings — Week 3

Eight local school boards met during the second week of December. Kansas Turner Highlight: Routine responsibilities of governance.  Missouri Center Highlights: Heard an announcement that Tuesday, Dec. 18, was the first day to file to run for a seat on the school board. Filing closes Tuesday, Jan. 15. The election will be next April.  Heard … Continue reading

December School Board Meetings — Week 2

The Kansas State Board of Education and 19 local school boards met during the second week of December. Kansas State Board of Education Highlights: Heard a report about how the state sets academic standards for student standardized tests. Considered allowing student participation in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) to satisfy the state’s physical … Continue reading

Yes, God is Allowed in Public Schools

Just to set the record straight: Yes, God is allowed in public schools. Metaphysically and constitutionally, you can’t keep deity out. Based on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution establishing separation of church and state, our courts have ruled that teachers — as representatives of the government — may not encourage belief in religion … Continue reading

Reflections on Relationship Between Graduation Rates & Race

Some of the minority kiddos fit into more than one category as well. That was one reader’s comment last week on an article about the relationship between graduation rates and race. Along with the article, I included a graph showing how few African American and Hispanic students graduate compared with white students. Researchers who compile such … Continue reading

December School Board Meetings — Week 1

Four local school boards met during the first week of December. Kansas Olathe Highlights: Received an update on projects funded by the sale of school bond debt approved by voters. Some funds will be spent on air filters, asphalt, concrete and installation of carpet and tile. Received an update on plans to allow staff and … Continue reading

The Wishing and Dreaming Problem — Part 14 of Stop Stealing Dreams (What is School For?)

by Seth Godin If you missed Part 13, click HERE. 14. The wishing and dreaming problem If you had a wish, what would it be? If a genie arrived and granted you a wish, would it be a worthwhile one? I think our wishes change based on how we grow up, what we’re taught, whom … Continue reading

Raymore-Peculiar School Board Hires New Superintendent

This just in from the Raymore-Peculiar School district: Their Board of Education has selected Kari Monsees to succeed Jeff Kyle as superintendent. Monsees is an assistant superintendent and chief financial officer of the Wentzville School District in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He will step into his new job when Kyle retires at the end … Continue reading

Meet An Average Missouri Public School Teacher

Female: 78.8% of Missouri teachers are women. Caucasian: About 95% of Missouri teachers are white. (In contrast, about 84% of people living in Missouri are white.) Age: 35 years old Experience: No more than 10 years Data source: Recruitment and Retention of Teachers in Missouri Public Schools; A Report to the Missouri General Assembly December 2012 _______________________________ Read our … Continue reading

November School Board Meetings — Week 5

The Missouri State Board of Education and five local school boards met during the fifth week of November. Kansas Kansas City Highlight: Reviewed proposed platform for 2013 session of the state legislature. Shawnee Mission Highlights: Unanimously voted to approve a report on the district’s annual fiscal audit. Considered re-adopting a district policy governing the “School … Continue reading


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