Education

Education
2:09 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Kansas City School District Shows Improvement, But Concerns Remain

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Kansas City public schools showed improvement in a preview of new Missouri school district ratings, but will not regain provisional accreditation at this time.

Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro said in a Thursday evening conference call that the district had improved proficiency ratings in science and social studies to on a par with its scores in English language arts and math, but with those only at 30 percent proficiency ratings, 7 out of 10 students were not achieving "at proficiency."

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Education
12:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Hires Consultant For Kansas City School District

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the statewide averages on MAP Test scores Tuesday, but the Kansas City district was more focused on another DESE announcement.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Outside Experts Sought In Fixing Failing Missouri Schools

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Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 4:05 pm

The State Board of Education will vote on a plan Tuesday for an outside group to study unaccredited Missouri school districts and develop recommendations for improvement.

The move comes on the heels of some 2,600 children transferring from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school to neighboring districts.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is recommending the board vote yes.

DESE Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says failing schools face systematic challenges.

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Education
8:10 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KU Researchers Developing Model Anti-Bullying Policy

Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.

All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated. Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.

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Education
2:34 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Bloch Business School Opens Expansion At UMKC

Benefactor is welcomed to first public view of new Henry Bloch Executive Hall at UMKC.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is putting its first students into the newly expanded business school.  The $32 million “Henry Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” opens August 19. 

Finished construction marks the biggest single money-gift the school has ever gotten.

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Education
12:27 am
Wed August 14, 2013

KC Superintendent Expects Accreditation Return

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Kansas City, Missouri's superintendent of schools expects to break some good news to the community later this month.

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Central Standard
5:07 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Back To School With KCMO And Shawnee Mission Superintendents

Jim Hinson and Stephen Green (L to R)
Credit Shawnee Mission School District and Kansas City Public Schools

Budgets, common core, accreditation and aspirations for the year will be some of the topics of our conversation.  Superintendents Jim Hinson from the Shawnee Mission School District and Stephen Green from Kansas City Public Schools  join in a discussion of the pressing issues facing our schools and taking questions and comments from the community.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Lessons Learned: First-Year Teachers

After their first year in the classroom, two teachers are telling Steve Kraske about their experiences.
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For some, stepping in front of 30 kids to talk about math or English would be a nightmare. For teachers, it’s just another day at work.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with teachers Caitlin Rowe, Ashley Martinez, Jacque Flowers, who have just finished their first year in the classroom, about what they’ve learned, surprises they encountered and what keeps them coming back.

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KC Currents
5:13 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds College Cost Cut Program

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A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Barack Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at University of Central Missouri.

He described the program as a job creator that speeds education for young people without leaving them saddled with student loan debt upon graduation.

The Missouri Innovation Campus began as a collaboration between Metropolitan Community College, a high school and some local businesses. 

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Education
8:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

$10 Million Gift Benefits KU Students, Libraries

A $10 million estate gift will fund scholarships for health professions students at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and support libraries at the medical center and at KU in Lawrence. 

The gift is from the estate of David and Stata Ringle. Stata Ringle was a researcher, professor and dean at the medical center for 28 years, beginning in 1962. 

KU Endowment President Dale Seuferling says the bequest will more than double the scholarship support for students in the School of Health Professions at KU Med.

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Education
9:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Critics of Kan. Common Core Standards Blast Testing

Megan King speaking before the Kan. Board of Education.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Opponents are targeting the standardized tests used in meeting Common Core Requirements. 

Megan King is a parent from Lawrence. She said the costs of the tests will be too high and will require technology updates. King wants the state to keep using tests developed by the University of Kansas.

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Central Standard
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

What Does The Minecraft Video Game Tell Us About Society?

The work of many individuals in one server playing Minecraft.
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Perhaps you've seen kids - or some adults -  busily playing away on their computers or Xbox, moving through a virtual world of blocks, digging and building.

Maybe you've wondered: What exactly is that game?  

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Central Standard
9:28 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Value Of The Humanities

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Last month on Central Standard, we discussed the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Month (STEM), but today we are here to reverse all that, and argue for just the opposite.

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KC Currents
1:48 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

KC Charter School Faces Closure, Families Fight Back

Tre’Veon Gilyard addresses the crowd at Gordon Parks Elementary on behalf of his fifth-grade class during the graduation ceremony.
Credit Payne Roberts / KCUR

Fifth grade graduation at Gordon Parks Elementary school this week was an especially emotional event. 

The 13-year old charter school was founded to serve some of the most disadvantaged kids in the Kansas City area, but the school has some of the lowest scores of any public or charter school in Kansas City, Mo.  

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Central Standard
6:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Youth Demonstrate Job Talents At Skills USA

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Hundreds of people are gathering to prove they are the best at a profession they have either just started or about to start. The Skills USA competition pits people in secondary and post-secondary education in head to head competition in talents ranging from computer programing, to cooking, to welding to over 90 other fields.

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Up to Date
10:08 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Real Pirates Commandeer Kansas City's Union Station

Real Pirates will take over Union Station from June 22 to January 4, 2014.
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Blackbeard. Jack Sparrow. Captain Hook. We’ve seen the ships, peg legs, skulls and crossbones. They cross the turbulent high seas on the big screen, in books and in our imaginations. But who were pirates, really?

This Saturday, Union Station opens the doors to its “Real Pirates” exhibit. Local actors and actresses bring to life more than 200 artifacts unearthed from the Whydah , a slave ship hijacked by pirates that sunk during a violent storm in 1717. It’s the first real pirate ship to be found off the coast of the U.S.

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Education
3:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

What The Transfer Ruling Means For Accredited MO School Districts

Westport High School was once part of KCPS, it closed due to low enrollment.
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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Wednesday regarding student transfers between unaccredited and accredited school districts.

Among other things the guidelines urge accredited districts that border those without accreditation to adopt and publish policy on class size and teacher ratios by August 1.

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Education
8:30 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Guidelines Issued For Transfers To Accredited MO School Districts

The Missouri Department Of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited.

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Education
8:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Former Governor Holden Visits Kansas City On 'A Labor Of Love'

Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden was in Kansas City over the weekend on what he called “a labor of love."

Holden was in town to greet the first group of Chinese students who will participate in Missouri Boys State and Girls State this year. In total, there'll be 37.

The annual summer sessions give young people an opportunity to learn about American government and actually run a simulated state government.

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Education
1:24 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

UM System Board Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously Thursday to extend employment benefits to same sex couples employed by the UM System.

“Effectively, more and more employers and institutions such as the University of Missouri System realize you need to have these types of benefits in order to remain competitive in a state environment,” said AJ Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – a Missouri LGBT rights group that has been advocating for this change.

Bockelman estimates that benefits will be extended to approximately 250 couples throughout the state.

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Education
1:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton steps to the podium in Jesse Hall just before announcing his retirement. UM System President Tim Wolfe makes his way onto stage. June 12, 2013
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:06 pm

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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Education
9:50 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Kansas Educators Speak Out For Common Core Standards

Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core reading and math education standards. They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

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Central Standard
6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Program Helps Vets Get STEM Education

Credit "Veteran in transition" Cailey McClurken / veteransinstem.org

They've mastered advanced battlefield operations planning. They’ve navigated years of overseas intricacies and family complexities. But now, can they master trigonometry?

The Veteran in STEM program seeks to support veterans in acquiring the education they need to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.  While the process of retooling your education to focus on math or science might seem daunting to anybody, only half of STEM jobs require a bachelors degree or higher level of education, the other half typically require associate degrees or specific trade training.  Dean Kevin Truman of the School of Computing and Engineering and Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the KC BANCS program guide us through the unique supports and programing they've put together to help veterans advance their education and careers.

Tuition Hikes
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise

University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.

The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.

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Central Standard
4:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Challenges Of Saving For College

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As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many. But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President.

On July 1, the interest rate for federal education loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not take action, which is where bill H.R. 1911 comes in.

This bill proposes tying the interest rate of education loans to the 10-year treasury note rate plus 2.5 percent.

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Education
8:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KU Officials Aren't Yet Sure What Budget Cuts Will Mean

The first Kansas legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over.  But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions; one is the Kansas University Medical Center.

Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; in a speech this spring, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations.

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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Class Of 2013: Preparing The Speech

Sandra Perez sits outside DeLaSalle Education Center. Sandra wrote the commencement speech for her high school graduation.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

It’s graduation season, and across the metro, high school valedictorians and senior speakers are putting the finishing touches on their commencement addresses. At DeLaSalle Education Center, Sandra Perez is excited, and a little nervous, to give the speech she wrote, which was selected out of the graduating class of 52 to be part of the commencement celebration.

“It’s a speech that’s going to be remembered at least by someone. I want it to be a speech that could impact at least one person,” says Sandra.

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Central Standard
1:17 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Challenge of Diversity Training

E pluribus unum—out of many is one—that’s was a founding principle for America.

Indeed, American language and culture shows the imprint of many different cultural influences.  But as the United States becomes more diverse, sometimes unity and understanding between different groups can become strained.

  

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Central Standard Friday
4:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What's The Story Behind Your Street?

Have you ever wondered why a street is named the what it is?  Or what that one person did that immortalized their name onto our mailing address?  Some are fairly obvious, but many surprises abound when you start exploring.  History host Monroe Dodd invites David Boutros, the Assistant Director at State Historical Society of Missouri, Daniel Serda a teacher at the KU school of Architecture Design and Planning, and Matt Gilligan of the Johnson County Museum to explore our streets and just how they became know for what they are today.

Up to Date
10:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

College Decisions Close To Home

Tom Medlock talks with Nick and Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

National Decision Day is edging closer for high school seniors who have yet to choose a college.

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