The Kansas City, Kansas, School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday evening, Jan. 8.
From a policy standpoint, the highlights of their agenda were:
- A report on student discipline data. According to the agenda, “It has been the practice of schools to work towards reducing risk factors and reducing suspensions by increasing positive partnerships as well as establishing relationships.”
- A report on an Alternative Services High School Pilot Program. According to the agenda, “Over the past 3 years in KCK a closer look as been taken at those students who create high levels of risk to our school environments as well as the number of students that have made a conscious decision [sic] forgo high school and look at some other option for obtaining the necessities to establish themselves as productive citizens in our society. … Research has suggested that virtual schooling may serve as a viable option for meeting the needs of this (high risk and dropouts) demographic of students that are currently underserved by our high and middle schools.”
- A report demonstrating an increasing number of students, which is important, because state funding is based on the number of students enrolled.
- Considered scheduling two sessions of a community forum designed to “fully engaged [sic] parents and community in the educational improvements of the school district.” Tentative dates are the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5, and midday Thursday, Feb. 7.
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