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Money Trumps All: Reflections On The April School Board Elections

Earlier this month, districts on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area elected slates of school board candidates. At least one of those candidates did not reply to the KC Education Enterprise candidate survey, saying “I have the endorsement of the NEA and the Kansas City Star,” and she thought that was sufficient … Continue reading

NEW RESEARCH REPORT Ready, Willing and Able? Kansas City Parents Talk About How To Improve Schools And What They Can Do To Help

THIS JUST IN … a new report from the non-profit, nonpartisan organization, Public Agenda: Ready, Willing and Able? Kansas City Parents Talk About How to Improve Schools and What They Can Do to Help.” The Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation funded the report. ___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed for more education news from local, … Continue reading

New Assessments for Future Missouri Teachers Being Phased In Over Next Two Years

News from Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Vol. 47, No. 17 April 10, 2013 New Assessments for Future Teachers Being Phased In Over Next Two Years As Missouri’s new standards for educator preparation take effect, several changes are ahead for students working to obtain teacher certification. The standards, approved by the State Board … Continue reading

Kansas Helped Create New Next Generation Science Standards

This just in from Achieve, Inc.: Final Next Generation Science Standards Released State-created standards for science education in the 21st Century Washington, DC – April 9, 2013 – On Tuesday, April 9, the final Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a new set of voluntary, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked standards for K-12 science education, were released. Twenty six … Continue reading

Platte County Students Say They’re Still Hungry After Eating School Lunches

Platte School District’s Board of Education met Thursday evening, March 28. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of the agenda were: A legislative update; and A report evaluating the district’s food service program, which included surveys of students and staff. Only about 40 percent of students surveyed agreed with the statement, “Considering the cost of school … Continue reading

Park Hill School District Board of Education Meeting — Thursday, March 28

Park Hill School District’s Board of Education met Thursday evening, March 28. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of the agenda were: A “Demographic Profile” report projecting increasing enrollment resulting in a need for building new schools about eight years from now; A report on development of next year’s budget projecting no change in property tax … Continue reading

North Kansas City School District Board of Education Meeting — Tuesday, March 26

North Kansas City School District’s Board of Education met Tuesday evening, March 26. From a policy standpoint, the highlight of the agenda was discussion of school bond and property tax levy issues. ___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed for more education news from local, regional and national sources:http://twitter.com/#!/JW_Martinez ___________________________________________________ The KC Education Enterprise has a new sister site, KC … Continue reading

Liberty School District Board of Education Meeting — Monday, March 25

Liberty School District’s Board of Education met Monday evening, March 25. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of the agenda were: Proposed revision of district policy governing “School Board Ballot Issues“ Unanimous approval of the Northland Advanced Career Studies Program “Memorandum of Understanding” and “By-Laws” A stadium committee report proposing a new $8 million stadium at … Continue reading

Lee’s Summit School District Board of Education Meeting — Thursday, March 28

Lee’s Summit School District’s Board of Education met Thursday evening, March 28. From a policy standpoint, the highlights of the agenda were: A legislative update; and Proposed revisions to a list of district policies on topics such as “School Board Ballot Issues,” “District-Sponsored Instruction Options” and “Reporting and Investigating Child Abuse/Neglect.” ___________________________________________________ Read our Twitter feed … Continue reading

Olathe School District Board of Education Meeting — Monday, March 25

Olathe School District’s Board of Education met Monday evening, March 25. From a policy standpoint, the highlight of the agenda was unanimous approval of a resolution “authorizing and providing for the calling of a bond election in Unified School District No. 233, Johnson County, Kansas (Olathe) for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors … Continue reading

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