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Kansas School Finance Trial Continues

Jun 19, 2012
Peter Hancock / Kansas Education Policy Report

The trial resumes today in the school finance lawsuit where 54 school districts are claiming the state of Kansas is under-funding public education.

Concern About Evolution As Kansas Helps Set National Science Standards

Jun 13, 2012
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Kansas education officials are working with 25 other states to develop new science standards that could serve as a model for the rest of the country. 

Witness Says Kansas Schools Underfunded

Jun 12, 2012
Dr. Bruce Baker
Peter Hancock

An expert witness in the ongoing school finance trial says Kansas is under-funding public schools by thousands of dollars per pupil each year. 

Pencils, Papers, Shoes: What Factors Into The Kansas School Finance Formula?

Jun 7, 2012
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Judges in the Kansas school finance lawsuit are being asked to decide how much responsibility the state has in making sure all children have the same chance at a quality education.

Lee Stauffer

The Kansas City Port Authority has snapped up six buildings at Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park and is leasing a portion to Metropolitan Community College.

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

David Ford / Freedom School

May 7, 2012
Laura Spencer / KCUR

Coming from a long line of what he calls “prairie people”artist David Ford is the quintessence of politically incorrect and this is exemplified through his works. On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we learn about his journey to West Africa for National VooDoo Day.

Judge Rules Mo. School Transfer Law Unconstitutional

May 1, 2012

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.

Kansas City Public Schools

After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif., was just honored at the White House by being named National Teacher of the Year.

In expressing her thanks, Mieliwocki offered this thought: "I am not the best teacher in America. There isn't just one."

And she went on to talk about the hard work and dedication displayed by most American teachers.

According to Los Angeles' Daily Breeze:

The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Apr 18, 2012
tibit.biz

If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

Multicultural Education

Apr 17, 2012

There’s a lot asked of our teachers today - and here’s another thing to add to that list - the ability to recognize and teach to a student’s cultural background.

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Just after winning re-election by a couple hundred write-in votes, Kansas City Missouri's school board president Airick Leonard West and three newly elected board members immediately got down to business at their first meeting last night.  The agenda included a plan to overhaul the structure of the board itself.

School Board President Airick Leonard West will retain his at-large seat on the Kansas City, Missouri school board, after running a write-in race against four other candidates.

Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.

"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. "The food pantry only allows you to go twice per month, so if you are running low on your food stamps or you didn't get what you needed and you're not able to feed your family, that's very stressful."

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.

Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Now, lawmakers are looking for ways to protect vets without narrowing their education choices.

Upset In KC School Board Race

Apr 4, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Kansas City School District voters have chosen a newcomer to the Board of Education, replacing a long time voice in local education.

The Obama administration is calling for major changes in Head Start, the 46-year-old early childhood education program that helped launch President Johnson's War on Poverty.

President Obama says too many children today aren't learning, and too many education programs are mismanaged.

"We're not just going to put money into programs that don't work," the president announced late last year. "We will take money and put it into programs that do."

Write-Ins Compete For KC School Board Seats

Apr 3, 2012

As Kansas City School District voters go to polls today to elect new school board members, they'll be part of an historic effort to preserve local control of the system.

KC History: The Upcoming 1940 Census Release

Mar 30, 2012

The 1940 census tells a story of the economic dislocation that took place in America during the Great Depression. On April 2, those records will be made publicly available online for researchers everywhere.

School District Meets With Council Group

Mar 29, 2012
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President of the Kansas City school board and interim superintendent Steve Green went to the city council Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday with a plan for restoring accreditation to the Kansas City district.

K.C. Schools Counter Council On Truancy

Mar 22, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Kansas City School District has defined a plan to help reduce school truancy, presenting it to a Regional School Improvement Team.

Daytime Curfew Stalls In Committee

Mar 21, 2012

With overwhelming testimony against posting a daytime curfew for truant students in Kansas City, a City Council committee put the issue on hold as well as a watered down substitute.

Construction Nears For New Bloch Complex At UMKC

Mar 8, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

An addition to the UMKC  Henry W. Bloch School of Management moved closer to construction today as architects put a mockup of the $32 million structure on display.

Kansas City has one of the largest Sudanese refugee populations in the country. And Stephanie Pearson wants to help teach them ... to teach.

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. 

Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

While Missouri lawmakers consider dissolving, splitting up or changing the governance of Kansas City Public Schools, state education officials have resumed working with the district on regaining accreditation by the current deadline of 2014.  

The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution

Feb 15, 2012
Oxford University Press

From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,  teaching evolution remains a most divisive issue in America.   Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.

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