Education http://kcur.org en Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy http://kcur.org/post/regents-reject-big-changes-controversial-social-media-policy <p></p><p>The Kansas Board of Regents has decided to add a free speech provision to a controversial social media policy, a decision criticized as “window dressing.”</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57:03 +0000 Peggy Lowe 54396 at http://kcur.org Regents Reject Big Changes To Controversial Social Media Policy The Importance Of Play http://kcur.org/post/importance-play <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:10:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christie Garton & Kate Baxendale 54336 at http://kcur.org The Importance Of Play What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers? http://kcur.org/post/what-happens-due-process-kansas-teachers <p></p><p>A controversial move by Kansas lawmakers has teachers up in arms all over the state.&nbsp; Steve Kraske talks with Kansas State Rep. John Bradford, who supported the change in the law, and Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association.&nbsp; They'll discuss how it will now be easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights and how supporters say that will improve education.&nbsp; They also look at how this affects job security for teachers as well as their ability to criticize administrators when called for.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:00:44 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 53990 at http://kcur.org What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers? Districts, Advocates See Shortcomings In Kansas School Funding Plan http://kcur.org/post/districts-advocates-see-shortcomings-kansas-school-funding-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorneys for the group that sued Kansas over school funding have issued a statement critical of the plan the Legislature sent to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Sunday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Attorney John Robb expressed concerns that the plan shifts money from some programs for at-risk students, allows more well-to-do districts to increase local funding, and reduces revenues that could go for schools by offering tax credits for private school scholarships.</span></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:56:40 +0000 Steve Bell 53829 at http://kcur.org Kansas Lawmakers Cut Tenure For Teachers http://kcur.org/post/kansas-lawmakers-cut-tenure-teachers <p>Kansas lawmakers have given final approval to a plan that would increase aid to poor school districts and eliminate tenure for public school teachers.</p><p>The provision to make it easier to fire teachers was included in an education funding bill designed to comply with a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling. The bill passed both the House and Senate.</p><p>Some lawmakers supporting the measure say schools need to be run more like private sector businesses, where people can be hired and fired more easily. Representative Allan Rothlisberg is a Grandview Plaza Republican.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:15:51 +0000 Stephen Koranda 53784 at http://kcur.org Examining 100 Years Of The Panama Canal http://kcur.org/post/examining-100-years-panama-canal <p></p><p>You’ve heard of the man, his plan and that canal: Panama. Well, it’s been 100 years since its construction, and the waterway is getting a facelift.</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about a new local exhibit that explores that century of innovation.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alberto Aleman Zubieta, </strong>former CEO of the Panama Canal Authority</li><li><strong>Lisa Browar,</strong> president of the Linda Hall Library</li></ul> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:12:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53454 at http://kcur.org Examining 100 Years Of The Panama Canal Making 'Tinkering' An Art http://kcur.org/post/making-tinkering-art <p></p><p>"Tinkering" might conjure up images of a garage workshop or someone just puttering around, but a new book is putting a different spin on the term.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, author Karen Wilkinson joins us to discuss what she calls "the art of tinkering" and some of the creative ways anyone can become a tinkerer.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Karen Wilkinson,</strong> co-author of<em> The Art of Tinkering</em></li></ul><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:07:06 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53343 at http://kcur.org Making 'Tinkering' An Art School Boards: Helping Or Hurting Local Districts? http://kcur.org/post/school-boards-helping-or-hurting-local-districts <p></p><p>When you think about schools, you picture classrooms, teachers and students. But where do school boards fit in?</p><p></p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;elected representatives of school districts, who can be a critical part of educational planning and the new survey that's questioning whether these leaders are helping or hurting the cause.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:26:23 +0000 Laura Spencer & Beth Lipoff 53313 at http://kcur.org School Boards: Helping Or Hurting Local Districts? Tracing The Atomic Age http://kcur.org/post/tracing-atomic-age <p></p><p>If you want drama, the story of how we developed atomic energy has it. From the novelty of X-rays to the destructive power unleashed in Hiroshima, to a major energy source — all the up and downs are there.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with an author who has traced the details of these events and many in-between to construct a history of the atomic age. We look at how scientists managed to get from Marie Curie’s discovery to the Manhattan Project and beyond.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:27:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52886 at http://kcur.org Tracing The Atomic Age School Board VP Says Hickman Mills Has A Plan To Fix District http://kcur.org/post/school-board-vp-says-hickman-mills-has-plan-fix-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hickman Mills school district in Kansas City, Mo., is battling back from a critical state audit that found financial and management issues. Now the next step for the district is winning back its full accreditation – which slipped to provisional status last year. Hickman Mills Board Vice President, Dan Osman, says they have a plan.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 52874 at http://kcur.org What's The One Change That Could Improve American Education? http://kcur.org/post/whats-one-change-could-improve-american-education <p>It's no surprise that the American education system is lagging behind many other countries. The latest <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/">PISA exam</a> shows that the United States falls <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results-overview.pdf">36th in the world</a>&nbsp;in math; below a diverse rang of counties including Poland, Japan and Viet Nam.</p><p>What's interesting is not that the United States is in the middle of the pack, but rather that so many other countries have improved in the last three decades while the United States has stagnated.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:38:06 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52449 at http://kcur.org What's The One Change That Could Improve American Education? Author Of 'Smartest Kids' Book On The New SAT http://kcur.org/post/author-smartest-kids-book-new-sat <p><em>This essay was written by Amanda Ripley&nbsp;for <a href="http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/">Zocalo&nbsp;Public Square</a>. Ripley was a guest on the KCUR program Central Standard.</em></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:48:57 +0000 Amanda Ripley 52453 at http://kcur.org Only 12 Families Request Transfer From Kansas City Public School District http://kcur.org/post/only-12-families-request-transfer-kansas-city-public-school-district <p>Only 12 families with a total of 23 students applied to be transferred out of the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools at the district's expense, the <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/09/4877638/few-families-file-for-transfers.html">Kansas City Star reports</a>.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:26:54 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52381 at http://kcur.org Solution To Kansas School Funding Lawsuit Unclear http://kcur.org/post/solution-kansas-school-funding-lawsuit-unclear <p>It's not clear how lawmakers will comply with a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says the state has created inequalities between schools districts. The ruling says lawmakers violated the Kansas Constitution by cutting funds that help equalize school district budgets.</p><p>The group that filed that lawsuit, and some lawmakers, say they believe the solution is to restore more than $100 million in education funds.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:15:01 +0000 Stephen Koranda 52377 at http://kcur.org What The Supreme Court Ruling May Mean For Kansas Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/what-supreme-court-ruling-may-mean-kansas-public-schools <p>The Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously&nbsp;Friday that the state needs to spend more money on public schools. But it stopped short of giving an exact dollar amount and sent that back to a lower court with instructions. The decision comes almost four years after the first lawsuit was filed.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Inequities in the classroom</strong></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Maria Carter 52296 at http://kcur.org What The Supreme Court Ruling May Mean For Kansas Public Schools Kansas Supreme Court To Release School Funding Decision http://kcur.org/post/kansas-supreme-court-release-school-funding-decision <p>The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding and the potential impact could be hundreds of millions of dollars.</p><p>A group made up of school districts and parents says Kansas is not living up to its constitutional responsibility to fund education. They say the state has reneged on promises to increase spending.</p><p>Those promises followed a previous lawsuit over school funding. Lawyers for the state say it is up to legislators, not the courts, to decide how much to spend on schools.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:10:41 +0000 Stephen Koranda 52277 at http://kcur.org Missouri Audit Finds Hickman Mills Misspent Money http://kcur.org/post/missouri-audit-finds-hickman-mills-misspent-money <p>The Missouri Auditor’s office pledges to return to troubled Hickman Mills School District this year after a scathing performance <a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/News/vNews.aspx">audit released Tuesday night</a> that stops just short of claiming criminal conduct.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most of 15 separate cases of errors listed in the 40-page document are termed poor business practices by deputy auditor Harry Otto. He includes overpayment of a former superintendent, untrained MAP test overseers and excessive paid trips out of town. </span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:31:49 +0000 Dan Verbeck 52168 at http://kcur.org Missouri Audit Finds Hickman Mills Misspent Money Kauffman School Announces New CEO http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-school-announces-new-ceo <p>The Board of Directors of the Ewing Marion Kauffman School announced Monday that Hannah Lofthus will be the next CEO.</p><p>Lofthus is the founding principal and chief academic officer of the charter school and will transition into the role of CEO over the next several months.</p><p>In a release, board chairman Robert Strom said the promotion puts the strongest and best leader for the school in place while providing continuity of leadership.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:22:11 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 52056 at http://kcur.org Kauffman School Announces New CEO How Technology is Changing Kansas City Classrooms http://kcur.org/post/how-technology-changing-kansas-city-classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Shawnee Mission School District in January announced it would be putting laptop computers into the hands of all of its staff and students when the next school year begins.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Christie Garton 51969 at http://kcur.org How Technology is Changing Kansas City Classrooms New Plan Eases Threat Of Kansas City Schools Takeover http://kcur.org/post/new-plan-eases-threat-kansas-city-schools-takeover <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Missouri is no longer threatening a quick take-over of the Kansas City school district.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The state's latest proposal instead centers around performance contracts, advice and financial help from the state and a five-tiered school performance ranking system. If an unaccredited district like Kansas City's fails to meet its goals, it would fall to the lowest, or “lapsed” category and likely be taken over by the state.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Steve Bell 51482 at http://kcur.org The History Of The Native Peoples Of The Kansas City Region http://kcur.org/post/history-native-peoples-kansas-city-region <p>Long before the foundation of Oklahoma Joe's was laid or even the first oxen left Kansas City on the Santa Fe Trail, thousands of distinct people called the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri rivers home. In fact, the history of human settlement goes back over 13,000 years to when mastodons&nbsp;roamed&nbsp;where cows now graze. The Kansas City area was home to Clovis peoples and later many more Native Americans, who either called the area home or were pushed here by white colonists. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 04:55:47 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 51304 at http://kcur.org The History Of The Native Peoples Of The Kansas City Region Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts http://kcur.org/post/missouri-school-board-ponders-how-improve-unaccredited-districts <span style="line-height: 1.5;">JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.</span><p>But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.<p>Board president Peter Herschend of Branson said the mai Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:16:59 +0000 Dale Singer 51098 at http://kcur.org Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts Diving Into Prison History At Leavenworth http://kcur.org/post/diving-prison-history-leavenworth <p>Have you ever wanted to take a peek at the case files of mobsters, bootleggers or even murderers?</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we look into the historical underbelly of Leavenworth Penitentiary as we delve into its records with a local archivist.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:45:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51045 at http://kcur.org Diving Into Prison History At Leavenworth Dyslexia: A Brain Difference That Can Be An Asset http://kcur.org/post/dyslexia-brain-difference-can-be-asset <p>Dyslexia affects nearly 20 percent of the population, effecting their ability to learn in the same way as the rest of the population. But, many individuals never get diagnosed.</p><p>On this episode of Central Standard we&nbsp;explore the science behind dyslexia, signs that you or a loved one may have this brain difference&nbsp;and how the proper accommodations and assistance can turn dyslexia into a life long asset.</p><p>Additional resources:</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:35:17 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 50547 at http://kcur.org Missouri Chamber Of Commerce Says Students Are 'Falling Behind' Digitally http://kcur.org/post/missouri-chamber-commerce-says-students-are-falling-behind-digitally <p>A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is, quote, “falling behind” when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students.</p><p>Missouri Chamber CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me state, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:14:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50563 at http://kcur.org Public Comments Heard On Changes To Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/public-comments-heard-changes-kansas-city-schools <p></p><p>More than a dozen people, picked from among scores who wanted to speak, &nbsp;reacted with passion to proposed changes in Kansas City Public Schools Wednesday night.</p><p>Nearly all who spoke to a two- thirds filled Paseo Academy Auditorium wanted to keep local control of schools.</p><p></p><p>Public testimony taken by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was first in a series around the state.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:51:33 +0000 Dan Verbeck 50487 at http://kcur.org Public Comments Heard On Changes To Kansas City Schools The Changing Face Of College Dorms http://kcur.org/post/changing-face-college-dorms <p>Colleges and universities serve several purposes: they are places to get credentials necessary for a career; they are &nbsp;places to learn; they are homes. At a crucial time in their lives young adults live together, make memories, get in trouble and grow up.</p><p>On Wednesday's Central Standard, host Brian Ellison delves into campus housing &nbsp;and how it's progressed over the last few decades, as s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">tudents arrive with higher expectations and schools are trying to meet them. </span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:04:30 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 50521 at http://kcur.org UM President Will Recommend No Tuition Increase http://kcur.org/post/um-president-will-recommend-no-tuition-increase <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.</span><p>Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:20:59 +0000 Dale Singer 50217 at http://kcur.org UM President Will Recommend No Tuition Increase I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ http://kcur.org/post/i-can-t-tweet-honestly-because-i-m-afraid-i-might-get-fired <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The line between individual social media activity and employment status isn’t a clear one, according to feedback we received this week from listeners.</p><p>When we asked <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-should-your-boss-be-able-fire-you-what-you-tweet">“Should your boss be able to fire you for what you tweet?”</a> on the air and online, the responses showed the issue of social media and the workplace as a divisive one in Kansas City. &nbsp;</p><p>We received many emphatic yeses, citing personal responsibility.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:16:50 +0000 Alyson Raletz 50178 at http://kcur.org I Can’t Tweet Honestly Because I’m ‘Afraid I Might Get Fired’ Philosophy Of The Mind And A Look Back At KC Currents http://kcur.org/post/philosophy-mind-and-look-back-kc-currents <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central Standard explores the possibility of &nbsp;emotions and thoughts being more than just a brain function. Is there more to being human than just our physical realm?</span></p><p>Also, we bid farewell to <em>KC Currents</em> and take a look at what's ahead for <em>Central Standard</em>.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Susanna Rinard</strong>​, professor of philosophy at UMKC</li><li><strong>Augustin Rayo</strong>, professor of philosophy at MIT</li></ul> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:28:12 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 50344 at http://kcur.org