teachers http://kcur.org en Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/diversity-among-teachers-kansas-city <p>Recent <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/race/report/2014/05/04/88962/teacher-diversity-revisited/">studies</a> from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association point to what some are calling a diversity gap in American schools. While student populations are growing more and more racially diverse, the teaching pool isn't changing at a pace that reflects that reality.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:38:08 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55363 at http://kcur.org Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City Long-Term Effects Of Kansas Tenure Repeal Uncertain http://kcur.org/post/long-term-effects-kansas-tenure-repeal-uncertain <p>Major changes to teacher employment laws in Kansas will soon be taking effect, eliminating from state law what many people know as “tenure.”</p><p>That means administrators will be able to be fire teachers more easily, and it could be several years before we know the full effects of the changes.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the old rules, Kansas teachers who had been with a district fewer than three years were on probationary status, and could be let go without a reason. </span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 12:47:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 55351 at http://kcur.org 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? Missouri Legislators Look At Tenured Teachers http://kcur.org/post/missouri-legislators-look-tenured-teachers <p>A&nbsp;joint Missouri House/Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state's teacher tenure system is working.</p><p>Among those testifying was Mark Van Zandt, General Counsel for the&nbsp;Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). He says tenured teachers can be held accountable under the current system.</p><p>"There are procedures in place, if a teacher is not meeting the standards that are expected of them, in terms of instruction," Van Zandt said. "There can be consequences."</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:30:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 43450 at http://kcur.org Lessons Learned: First-Year Teachers http://kcur.org/post/lessons-learned-first-year-teachers <p>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.</p><p></p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with teachers <strong>Caitlin Rowe, Ashley Martinez,</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Jacque Flowers</strong>, who have just finished their first year in the classroom, about what they’ve learned, surprises they encountered and what keeps them coming back.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 41314 at http://kcur.org Lessons Learned: First-Year Teachers State Legislators In Missouri Discuss Firearms In The Classroom http://kcur.org/post/state-legislators-missouri-discuss-firearms-classroom <p>Legislation pre-filed in the Missouri House would allow teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:06:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 29295 at http://kcur.org State Legislators In Missouri Discuss Firearms In The Classroom