Race to the Top

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At Least Three Metro-Area Districts Apply for Federal Race to the Top Funds

At least three districts in the Kansas City-metropolitan area have expressed their intention to apply for the latest round on funding through the United States Department of Education Race to the Top program. Those three are: Blue Springs R-IV School District Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition KS City #33 In addition, a “District not Disclosed” has … 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

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

UPDATED 11/27/2012: Hurricane Sandy Extends Deadline for Local Districts’ Race to the Top Applications

UPDATE 11/27/2012: Although five local districts applied, none were among the finalists announced yesterday by the U.S. Department of Education. _____________________________ Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast the day before the deadline for districts to apply for the latest round of Race to the Top (RTTT) grant funding. Because the storm closed federal offices in … Continue reading

October School Board Reports — Week 3

The Kansas and Missouri State Boards of Education as well as eight local school boards met last week. Kansas Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Highlight: Routine responsibilities of governance Hickman Mills Highlight: Received metal detector search log summary and police report State Board of Education Highlights: Heard an update on the new Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol (KEEP), the … Continue reading

September School Board Reports — Week 2

Seventeen local school boards met last week. Kansas Basehor-Linwood Highlights: Heard a School Resource Officer update Heard an enrollment update (School funding is based on enrollment) Considered proposed changes to district policies Blue Valley Highlights: Approved a name for the 143rd Street campus. It will be known as the Blue Valley Hilltop Campus. Acquisition of … Continue reading

Guest Reporter: Missouri Pilots Early Childhood Assessment Program This Fall

by Mary Jo Hackett Missouri is not losing ground in the nation’s race to educate its’ children. Instead, we are stagnant. We are treading water. We are mediocre. Rather than wallow in our failures, though, the Missouri State Board of Education met to discuss progress of a pilot program to pull us up by our … 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

Basehor-Linwood School District Enters the Matrix

Basehor-Linwood was one of the first school districts to enter the Matrix. This week the superintendent and one of his principals shared their experiences at the Kansas State Department of Education’s (KSDE) annual conference in Wichita. To enter the Matrix, they didn’t have to plug themselves into a computer network the way Neo did in … Continue reading


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