KCPS http://kcur.org en How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/how-school-and-district-boundaries-shaped-education-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, we </span><a href="http://kcur.org/topic/beyond-our-borders" style="line-height: 1.5;">embarked on a year-long investigation of the lines that divide and unite us</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — starting with a look at </span>Troost<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue.</span></p><p>The road&nbsp;has been used as a border for many things, including neighborhood associations, census tracts, political districts and public schools.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:52:10 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 57389 at http://kcur.org How School And District Boundaries Shaped Education In Kansas City Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill http://kcur.org/post/missouri-senate-begins-debate-student-transfer-bill <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:18:43 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51860 at http://kcur.org Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill 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 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 New Group Pits Kansas City School Reformers Against State Efforts http://kcur.org/post/new-group-pits-kansas-city-school-reformers-against-state-efforts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A collective of Kansas City organizations and public school parents have joined to petition the Missouri Board of Education to stop a study looking at changes for the unaccredited Kansas City schools.</span></p><p></p><p>The Coalition for Quality Public Education&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">includes the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and NAACP. The group&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wants to end the study by the Indianapolis-based research group&nbsp;</span>CEE-Trust<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:28:15 +0000 Dan Verbeck 48626 at http://kcur.org New Group Pits Kansas City School Reformers Against State Efforts Missouri Education Board President Defends Nicastro Amid Email Controversy http://kcur.org/post/missouri-education-board-president-defends-nicastro-amid-email-controversy <p>The president of the Missouri board of education is criticizing groups that are calling for Missouri Education Commissioner, Chris Nicastro, to resign. Meanwhile, one of those lawmakers says the Kansas City district has no voice on the state board.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Steve Bell 48082 at http://kcur.org Missouri Education Board President Defends Nicastro Amid Email Controversy Mo. Education Commissioner Defends Accreditation Recommendation http://kcur.org/post/mo-education-commissioner-defends-accreditation-recommendation <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">The hopes of Kansas City Public School officials were dashed last month when Missouri Education Commissioner Chris </span>Nicastro<span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 16.5pt;"> recommended the district remain unaccredited. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:28:27 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 44968 at http://kcur.org Mo. Education Commissioner Defends Accreditation Recommendation Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments About Student Transfer Law http://kcur.org/post/mo-supreme-court-hears-arguments-student-transfer-law <p>A lawsuit that&rsquo;s delaying the implementation of Missouri&rsquo;s student transfer law in the Kansas City area was heard Wednesday by the Missouri Supreme Court. At issue is a lower court ruling that declared the law to be an unfunded mandate for schools in Independence, North Kansas City and Lee&rsquo;s Summit, but not for Blue Springs and Raytown.&nbsp;</p><p>Attorney Duane Martin argued Blue Springs&rsquo; position before the High Court, saying it would be an unfunded mandate for them as well.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:32:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 44586 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-celebrates-good-evaluation <p>Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) leaders are celebrating.&nbsp; They got a 60 percent on a state evaluation.&nbsp; That’s 10 percentage points more than needed to get to provisional accreditation, although whether and when that gets restored is up to the state education officials.&nbsp;</p><p>When Superintendent Stephen Green first got the district’s numbers under a new evaluation system in December, they were dismal.</p><p><strong>“</strong>Moments like that either they break you or they make you stronger for having persevered through the break,” said Green.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:33:52 +0000 Maria Carter 42491 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation Kansas City School District Shows Improvement, But Concerns Remain http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-shows-improvement-concerns-remain <p>Kansas City public schools showed improvement in a preview of new Missouri school district ratings, but will not regain provisional accreditation at this time.</p><p>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."</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 07:09:05 +0000 Steve Bell 42448 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Shows Improvement, But Concerns Remain KC Superintendent Expects Accreditation Return http://kcur.org/post/kc-superintendent-expects-accreditation-return <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-size: 13pt">Kansas City, Missouri's superintendent of schools expects to break some good news to the community later this month. </font></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 05:27:34 +0000 Steve Bell 41920 at http://kcur.org KC Superintendent Expects Accreditation Return Proposed Waldo Walmart Sparks Community Response http://kcur.org/post/proposed-waldo-walmart-sparks-community-response <p>The redevelopment of each closed school building in Kansas City, Mo. tends to draw a small group of concerned residents.&nbsp; And that was the case for the old Bingham Junior High School property, at 77<sup>th</sup> and Wyandotte in Waldo. Until Walmart came knocking. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:35:09 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 31861 at http://kcur.org Proposed Waldo Walmart Sparks Community Response Funding Verdict Against Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/funding-verdict-against-kansas-city-public-schools <p>The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western Court ruled Tuesday against the Kansas City, Missouri School District, now known as the <a href="http://www.kcpublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">KCPS</a>. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:16:27 +0000 Laura Spencer & Maria Carter 23193 at http://kcur.org Funding Verdict Against Kansas City Public Schools Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-may-2-2012 <p>A St. Louis County judge rules unconstitutional a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts.&nbsp; Kansas legislators approve combining the state&rsquo;s arts and film commissions into one group.&nbsp; That and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Wed, 02 May 2012 13:25:43 +0000 Maria Carter 16963 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-april-4-2012 <p>A newcomer upsets an education veteran for a spot on the Kansas City School Board, Cass County voters pass a half-cent sales tax to upgrade emergency dispatch systems, and more election results and headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:43:39 +0000 Maria Carter 15408 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-april-3-2012 <p>Kansas falls to Kentucky in NCAA Championship, ballot lists few candidates for the board of Kansas City Public Schools, deadly bat disease found in Missouri, and more news from KCUR.</p><p> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:22:19 +0000 Maria Carter 15335 at http://kcur.org Write-Ins Compete For KC School Board Seats http://kcur.org/post/write-ins-compete-kc-school-board-seats <p>As Kansas City School District voters go to polls today to elect new school board members, they&#39;ll be part of an historic effort to preserve local control of the system. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 07:52:56 +0000 Dan Verbeck 15314 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, March 29, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-thursday-march-29-2012 <p>The Kansas City School Board presents an accreditation plan to the city council.&nbsp; Council committee votes against putting anti-nuclear weapons parts plant measure on ballot. That and more headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:35:42 +0000 Maria Carter 15084 at http://kcur.org School District Meets With Council Group http://kcur.org/post/school-district-meets-council-group <p style="margin-right: 0.96in; margin-bottom: 0in">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.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.96in; margin-bottom: 0in;"> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:53:36 +0000 Steve Bell 15060 at http://kcur.org School District Meets With Council Group Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 2, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-march-2-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines form KCUR.</p> <p> New Report Cuts Risk Of NBAF<br /> School Board President Preps Others For Leadership<br /> Fire Chief Spells Out Effects Of Cuts<br /> “Hungry” At The Unicorn</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:32:23 +0000 Maria Carter 13518 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Friday, February 24, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-february-24-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> State Resumes Advising Kansas City School District<br /> KC Parks Board Warns Of Fallout From Budget Cuts<br /> House Passes English Only Driver’s License Bill<br /> Lawmakers Rush Bills To Beat Deadlines</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:36:40 +0000 Maria Carter 13095 at http://kcur.org State Resumes Advising KCPS http://kcur.org/post/state-resumes-advising-kcps <p>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. District officials reported to the Department of Education yesterday for the first time since the loss of accreditation was announced in September.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:37:50 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 13078 at http://kcur.org State Resumes Advising KCPS Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, January 26, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-thursday-january-26-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.<br /> • Missouri Lawmakers Look To Streamline School District Takeover<br /> • Health Insurance Exchange On Hold In Missouri<br /> • Council Committee Approves Tax Credits For West Edge<br /> • NBAF Could Create 600 Permanent Jobs<br /> • Kids Push To Make Jumping Jacks Missouri’s Official State Exercise</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:33:38 +0000 Maria Carter 11511 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-january-10-2012 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p>• The Chiefs PickRomeo Crennel As Head Coach<br /> • Suburban Schools Seek Delay In Kansas City Transfer Case<br /> • USDA Closes 13 Facilities in Kansas and Missouri<br /> • FDA Limits Antibiotics In Livestock<br /> • Kansas Lawmakers Start Redistricting Effort<br /> • McCaskill: Keep All Energy Options On The Table</p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:36:10 +0000 Maria Carter 10502 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-wednesday-december-28-2011 <p>A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> * Liberty Memorial Gets Facelift<br /> * Kansas City Looks At How To Use Closed Schools<br /> * Missouri Lawmakers To Look At Eliminating Income Tax<br /> * Missouri's Health Exchange Tangled In Political Debate</p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:34:53 +0000 Maria Carter 9783 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 School Standing Loss Creates Academic Bedfellows http://kcur.org/post/school-standing-loss-creates-academic-bedfellows <p>A recent study from University of Missouri-St. Louis may have Kansas City applications as the local school district prepares to lose its&nbsp; accreditation in January. The survey finds how many students will leave the unaccredited system.<br /><br />The October-November survey of some 600 St. Louis households finds nearly one-third of public school students would leave that&nbsp; district if they could transfer to better-performing districts. State law lets them but the law is being contested.<br /> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:51:16 +0000 Dan Verbeck 9756 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, December 22, 2011 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-thursday-december-22-2011 <p>A daily digest of the headlines from KCUR.</p> <p> * Missing Student Found, Not Abducted<br /> * KC Mayor Pushes For Control Of Schools<br /> * Benedictine Student Dies In Wintry Mix<br /> * EPA Sets New Standards For Power Plants</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:36:25 +0000 Maria Carter 9483 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Top Of The Morning News: Monday, December 19, 2011 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-monday-december-19-2011 <p>A daily digest of headlines heard on KCUR.</p> <p>Family Offers $10,000 Reward In Search For College Student<br /> Low Unemployment To End Extended Unemployment Program In Kansas<br /> Students May Find It Difficult To Transfer To Accredited Districts<br /> Ag Takes A Back Seat In Iowa</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:41:45 +0000 Maria Carter 9263 at http://kcur.org Top Of The Morning News: Monday, December 19, 2011 Superintendent's Supporters Dominate KCMSD Elections http://kcur.org/post/superintendents-supporters-dominate-kcmsd-elections <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c293319347f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c293319347f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c293319347f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-894766.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – A slate of candidates who support the school closure plan dominated yesterday's election for Kansas City Missouri's school board. The candidates ran on a slate put together by a new organization called Kansas Citians United for Educational Achievement.</p> Wed, 07 Apr 2010 05:25:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6493 at http://kcur.org Superintendent's Supporters Dominate KCMSD Elections Voices From The Meeting That Closed 26 KCMO Schools http://kcur.org/post/voices-meeting-closed-26-kcmo-schools <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c2bdcc42cfa-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c2bdcc42cfa-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c2bdcc42cfa-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-890995.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Hear some voices from the meeting in this order: board members Duane Kelley, Cokethea Hill, Kansas City Federation of Teachers President Andrea Flinders, and board members Joel Pelofsky and Marilyn Simmons.</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:21:57 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 6418 at http://kcur.org Voices From The Meeting That Closed 26 KCMO Schools