Department of Education

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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

KS & MO Receive Federal Grants to Assist Low-Income Students With AP Test Fees

Fees for Advanced Placement exams can be a barrier to equal education opportunity for students from low-income families. Some of these students in Kansas and Missouri now will be receiving assistance in paying for these exams, thanks to grants from the United States Department of Education. Yesterday the federal government announced grants to 43 states, … Continue reading

A National Issue on the Local Level: Use of Seclusion and Restraint to Control Student Behavior in KC-Area Districts (Part 1)

This article is one in an occasional series using data to provide insight into important education-policy issues in the Kansas City metropolitan area. U.S. Senators are holding hearings about seclusion and restraint. Elected officials in Kansas are considering legislation regulating the use of seclusion and restraint. State board of education members are drafting regulations intended … Continue reading

Kansas Receives Waiver, No Longer Needs to Comply With No Child Left Behind Act

Today the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter to the Kansas State Department of Education granting the waiver they had requested. Now Kansas joins Missouri and more than half the states on the list of those no longer required to comply with the terms of the No Child Left Behind Act. Here is Kansas’ … Continue reading

Kansas & Missouri Do Not Receive Federal Race to the Top Grants for Early Learning

Preschoolers in the Kansas City metropolitan area are among the losers in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant competition. Today the United States Department of Education named nine states as award winners, but Kansas and Missouri were not on the list. “Education must be our national mission,” President Barack Obama said in … Continue reading


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