U.S. Department of Education

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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

Florida Districts Charged With Racial Discrimination for Excessive Suspensions of Black Students; Similar Situation Exists in Kansas City Metro Area

African-American students in five Florida districts are suspended from school and otherwise disciplined more harshly and more frequently than white students, according to complaints The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed this week with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Several districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area also report high rates … 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

Feds Approve ESEA Flexibility Waiver for Missouri

This just in from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (Kansas is still waiting for approval of their waiver request): Missouri’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver Approved State will receive relief from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements Today the U.S. Department of Education approved Missouri’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver giving … Continue reading

Kansas & Missouri Education Departments Still Waiting for Federal Flexibility Waivers

Kansas and Missouri are not on the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent list of states receiving waivers that would give them flexibility in meeting requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Last month, both states received letters from the federal government asking them to revise their applications and re-submit. Applications from Kansas … Continue reading

New National Graduation Rate Report: Missouri Improves, Kansas Not So Much

Missouri is one of 12 states leading the nation in increasing high school graduation rates, while the number of graduates in Kansas has not increased significantly, according to a new report released this week during the Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington, D.C. “There are 12 states whose efforts accounted for the majority of … Continue reading

“We’re Trying To Fight a Guerrilla War”: Kansas To Battle With Feds Over Local Control Of Public Schools

Next Monday, when students in the Kansas City, Kansas (KCK) district return to school after spring break, they’re going to get some bad news. Those enrolled in grades three through seven are going to have to take about three more weeks of standardized tests this spring. Unfortunately, these students are caught in the middle of … Continue reading

Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education to Meet This Evening

The Kansas City, Kansas Public School District’s Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5 p.m. In addition to routine items on the agenda such as paying the bills and accepting bids, board members will consider approval of school bond refinancing. They also will hear a high school graduation report. Superintendent Cynthia Lane is requesting that the … Continue reading


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