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Education
4:51 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

School Standing Loss Creates Academic Bedfellows

A recent study from University of Missouri-St. Louis may have Kansas City applications as the local school district prepares to lose its  accreditation in January. The survey finds how many students will leave the unaccredited system.

The October-November survey of some 600 St. Louis households finds nearly one-third of public school students would leave that  district if they could transfer to better-performing districts. State law lets them but the law is being contested.

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KC Currents
9:58 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents Consider Transferring Students Out Of KCPS

Jamekia Kendrix and her daughter set up for a forum about the future of Kansas City Public Schools
Sylvia Gross

The Kansas City, Missouri school district has been shedding students over the past 40 years – from 70,000 in the 1970s to less than 17,000 today.  Some are worried about another exodus when the district officially loses accreditation on January 1st. Missouri law allows students to transfer to an accredited district, with tuition and transportation paid for by the unaccredited district. Area districts are still wrangling with transfer policies.

Central Standard
10:23 am
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rebuild Joplin Studio Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at UMKC's Rebuild Joplin Studio Project. For those working on it, they quickly learned that this is more than just another class, but an opportunity to rebuild a resilient Joplin.

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Kansas City Public Schools
7:02 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KCPS Establishes Transfer Policy

Troost Elementary School is in the Kansas City, Missouri school district.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

With Kansas City Public Schools losing accreditation January 1, the district has set up a new policy allowing for students to transfer to accredited districts.

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Education
6:02 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Educators Pore Over New School Funding Formula

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
bigstock.com

Kansas school districts are digesting a sweeping school finance plan proposed today by Governor Sam Brownback.

He promises no district will lose state funds via the proposal, which is designed to give local boards a freer hand in spending. It would also allow districts to raise property taxes.

The property tax cap, set by state law, would be removed under the Brownback plan, which would go into effect in July 2013. President of the Shawnee Mission School Board Craig Denny was struck by that and another provision.

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Education
10:16 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Brownback Unveils School Finance Proposal

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
kansas.gov

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback spelled out the details of his school finance overhaul Wednesday. It would allow local taxpayers to raise property taxes as high as they wanted for education. Currently, school districts can only raise  a limited amount of funding from property taxes: a maximum of 30 percent of the funding they receive from the state.

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Central Standard
9:24 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Saving Up For A Future

Today on Central Standard, a look at the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and how they're partnering with area non-profits to teach financial literacy.

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Education
10:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Businessman Timothy Wolfe Named University Of Missouri President

Businessman Timothy Wolfe was announced as the new  president of University of Missouri system Tuesday morning.  Wolfe is a long time IBM executive and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Business.

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

School board president Airick Leonard West and Mayor Sly James discuss the district's future.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall, school board president Airick Leonard West said that's changing.

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School Lunches
3:13 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

School Lunch Changes Still In The Works

Food service workers set out Individual salads at a school cafeteria in Lincoln, Neb.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

From Harvest Public Media: With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guidelines being handed down by the federal government by early next year.

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Urban Youth
8:07 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mentoring For Urban Youth

Legacy Foundation

There's an old proverb that asks, how do you eat an elephant? The answer, one bite at a time. Join us for a look at two area organizations that are doing their part, bite by bite, to help address the needs of KC's urban youth in the areas of childhood obesity, literacy and youth violence.

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Kansas City Public Schools
4:47 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Mayor and School Board President Convene Discussions About District Governance

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and School Board President Airick Leonard West committed to a series of community conversations over the next few months about the governance of the school district. Neither has endorsed the idea of a mayoral takeover of schools, but they say no idea is off the table.

Mayor James says he began convening people to talk about the school district after Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro told him that it was difficult to do anything in Kansas City because it's so divided.

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board of education
4:34 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Nicastro Punts On KCPS Governance

board of education
4:33 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pitch for KC Mayor To Run Schools

Diane Cleaver, flanked by Missouri Representatives Mike Talboy (r) and Jason Holsman(l), favor Mayor's operation of KC schools.(Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City's Mayor wants to run the Kansas City School District.

A forum of educators, politicians and parents drawn together by Kansas City's Mayor to save the district from a state takeover is wagering the Missouri Board of Education will buy in.

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Education
4:56 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Rescue Plans Abound For KC Schools

Kansas City, MO – A diverse collection of forces are working alone or in concert to help the soon-to-be- accreditation-stripped Kansas City School District. One high profile group of minority leaders is asking Missouri's Education Commissioner to immediately appoint a panel to take over the District. Mayor Sly James has convened his own forum that includes neighboring schools.

The breaking developments come just days before the state education board meets and the local district is on the agenda.

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Education
10:13 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Gone In A Fury: Top KC Educators Depart

Former KC Superintendent John Covington.

Kansas City, MO. – The Kansas City School District has launched a fast search for administrators to replace three top executives who quit amid a furor over possible state takeover of the district. One school board member lays blame squarely on the state education department.

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Education
3:50 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools

Kansas City, Missouri school board members Crispin Rea, Airick Leonard West and Joseph Jackson.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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Education
8:04 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Missouri Ed. Commissioner Asks KCMO School Board To Vote Itself Away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A proposal to eliminate the Kansas City Missouri school board won't be on the agenda at tomorrow's board meeting. But the state education commissioner has asked board members to replace themselves with a state appointed board, or risk a takeover in January.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Suburban Districts Succeed At Expense Of Urban Counterparts

Photo by Laura Ziegler / KCUR.
Children at the Afrikan Centered school in Kansas City, MO.

LAWRENCE, Ks. – When the Kansas City Missouri school district officially loses its accreditation on January 1, 2012, students in the district may have the option of enrolling in other district's schools. And the Kansas City district would be required to pay tuition and transportation costs for any student who does that.

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Education
6:49 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Audit Shows Improvement In KCMO School Finances

Chick Elementary School is one of the KC's 38 closed schools, which the audit reports are costing the district millions in maintenance and utilities. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new audit of the Kansas City Missouri school district shows a significant improvement in the district's operations and finances. The audit was requested in 2009 and looked at the district's expenditures and operations until June, 2010.

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KCUR News
5:36 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

KCMO Parents React to Loss of Accreditation; State Board Member Defends Action

Lincoln Preparatory Academy students Franky George and Nayeli Mendoza came to a forum to find out about possibly transferring to a different school district. Photo by Kayla Regan/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Missouri school district received one more disappointing blow this week, when the state board of education stripped it of its accreditation. And that was just weeks after Superintendent John Covington resigned unexpectedly to take a job in Michigan.

That leaves families in the district wondering what kind of trajectory Kansas City's schools are really on.

Leading Up to the Loss

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KCUR News
2:24 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

KCMO District Loses Accreditation

Interim Superintendent Stephen Green and Acting School Board President Derek Richey address the media after the accreditation vote. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri schools will lose their provisional accreditation on January 1, after a vote this afternoon by the state Board of Education. In a recent review, the district met only three of 14 accreditation standards. District officials said they plan to move ahead with the transformation plan laid out by the previous superintendent.

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KCUR News
2:22 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Kansas City Loses Accreditation

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's State Board of Education voted unanimously today to strip Kansas City schools of their accreditation. The reasons for the action include a decline in meeting academic standards and a failure to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning. Chris Nicastro is Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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KCUR News
5:21 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

NYC Model for KC Dropout Boost

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City has joined a pilot project focused on finding jobs, internships and education for high school dropouts.

Project Rise challenges non-working, out-of-school 18 to 24 year olds. It is a work-in-progress.

Kansas City will receive nearly $4 million. Funding comes from a variety of sources including United Way and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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KCUR News
2:40 am
Thu September 1, 2011

KC School Board Picks Interim Superintendent

Dr. Steve Green accepts the position of interim superintendent of Kansas City, Missouri schools.
Photo and audio clip courtesy of KMBC, TV-9.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri has a new interim school superintendent to replace Dr. John Covington who resigned one week ago to take a more lucrative job in Michigan.

The board was under pressure to act quickly - with the state commissioner of education in town and a review of its accreditation status looming. But there is little doubt that the interim superintendent is qualified.

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KCUR News
5:14 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

KC School Chief Hired to New Job

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Outgoing Kansas City School Superintendent John Covington will not be lured back. He's taken another job. At mid afternoon Michigan hired Covington to lead a new system for failing schools.

Covington announced Wednesday he was leaving the Kansas City post because he was victim of unfair treatment by the President of the Kansas City Board of Education.

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KCUR News
5:36 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Missouri Education Commission Says KCMO School Accreditation At Risk

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro

Kansas City, Mo. – Twenty-four hours of furor and uncertainty over Kansas City schools continues. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports the Kansas City Missouri School District's accreditation and local control may be at stake.

"Not impossible!" Words of Missouri's Education Commissioner that Kansas City schools might lose accreditation next month, due in large part to upheaval from Wednesday night's resignation of Superintendent John Covington.

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KCUR News
10:19 am
Thu August 25, 2011

School Board Tries to Win Back Superintendent

School board President Airick Leonard West, flanked by members Crispin Rea (left) and Joseph Jackson (right). Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City school board members are still hoping to convince John Covington to remain as superintendent, even while he's reiterated his intent to leave. And parents and observers are still reeling from his surprise resignation Wednesday.

While school board members deliberated on how to proceed, parent leader Jamekia Kendrix said that now, more than ever, the community needs to be involved in the education of the district's students.

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KCUR News
12:39 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

KCMO School Superintendent Submits Resignation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation Wednesday, after a two-year tenure in which he closed about half the district's schools. Board member Arthur Benson also resigned.

School board president Airick Leonard West announced Covington's resignation at the beginning of Wednesday night's board meeting. Benson says Covington gave his reasons for resigning in a closed session with the board. The board has not yet accepted the resignation.

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KCUR News
4:40 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

MU Bulges Despite Tuition Hikes

Student recreation complex on MU-Columbia campus, will serve record numbers.
photo by schooldesign.com

Columbia, MO – As fall classes open today at University of Missouri's Columbia campus, enrollment has set a series of records.

Overall enrollment is 33,318 students, a number that is 4.1 percent higher than last fall. There have never been as many Hispanic or black students and the freshman class is also at a record high.

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