education http://kcur.org en Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools http://kcur.org/post/historic-dividing-lines-public-education-still-affect-kansas-and-missouri-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>This spring marked the 60th anniversary of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wnet/supremecourt/rights/landmark_brown.html">Brown v. Board of Education</a>, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:49:54 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Christina Lieffring & Matt Hodapp 58223 at http://kcur.org Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools Kansas Board Of Education OKs Teaching License Changes http://kcur.org/post/kansas-board-education-oks-teaching-license-changes <p>The Kansas State Board of Education has approved changes that will allow people with career experience – but no education degree — to teach in public schools. The changes will allow people with real-world experience to teach subjects including math, science and technical education.</p><p>The new regulations were prompted by a bill passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, although the Board of Ed had already been considering some new rules. The changes easily passed on a 9-1 vote.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:47:41 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57958 at http://kcur.org Visiting Author Pays It Forward With Independence Students http://kcur.org/post/visiting-author-pays-it-forward-independence-students <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sergio </span>Troncoso<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">writes books dealing with the communities we belong to and the borders that surround us. Every summer he crosses his own borders from his home in New York to teach creative writing to local high schoolers, at the <a href="http://www.isdschools.org/2014/02/24/the-george-caleb-bingham-academy-of-the-arts/" target="_blank">George Caleb Bingham Academy for the Arts</a>.</span></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:15:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 57891 at http://kcur.org Visiting Author Pays It Forward With Independence Students Kansas Teachers Union Promises Lawsuit http://kcur.org/post/kansas-teachers-union-promises-lawsuit <p>The largest teachers union in Kansas is promising a legal challenge to part of a controversial education funding law. The legislation includes additional school funding in response to a court ruling, but lawmakers also added policy changes that angered many teachers.</p><p>The bill makes it easier to fire teachers in Kansas, by eliminating the guarantee of a due process hearing before a teacher is removed, if the teacher requests it. The KNEA says the provision was added to the bill in an improper manner.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:01:22 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57070 at http://kcur.org Delving Into Debate http://kcur.org/post/delving-debate <p></p><p>High school debate competitions are about more than just arguing over one issue. Fierce rivalries on the floor become close friendships when the dust settles, and the skills kids are learning can propel them far beyond the local classroom.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the relevance and benefits of participating in high school debate and speech and why it’s so popular with students.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:04:16 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57014 at http://kcur.org Delving Into Debate Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees http://kcur.org/post/online-university-offers-missourians-alternate-route-degrees <p></p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:04:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 55712 at http://kcur.org Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees 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 Brown V. Board Of Education: 60 Years Later http://kcur.org/post/brown-v-board-education-60-years-later <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As of next month 60 years will have passed since </span><a href="http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/get-involved/federal-court-activities/brown-board-education-re-enactment/history.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Brown v. Board of Education</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took place in Topeka, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The landmark case ruled that "separate but equal" was in fact unequal, and all public schools began the desegregation process.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:41:33 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54175 at http://kcur.org Brown V. Board Of Education: 60 Years Later 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? Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core http://kcur.org/post/promoting-arts-urban-core <p></p><p>The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:33:30 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 53520 at http://kcur.org Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core 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? 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? 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 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 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 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 Nixon Pushes For More School Funding http://kcur.org/post/nixon-pushes-more-school-funding <p style="margin: 0in 0in 13.2pt; line-height: 20.4pt; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size:14.5pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">A day after proposing $278 million for K-12 classrooms during his State of the State address, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon worked to build support for his proposal before students and teachers in Springfield.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:36:07 +0000 Scott Harvey 50146 at http://kcur.org Missouri Lawmakers Look At Revamping Student Transfer Law http://kcur.org/post/missouri-lawmakers-look-revamping-student-transfer-law <p>Five bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:29:23 +0000 Marshall Griffin 50145 at http://kcur.org Encore Broadcast: The Value Of The Humanities http://kcur.org/post/encore-broadcast-value-humanities <p></p><p><strong>*This show originally aired Tuesday, July 2, 2013*</strong></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:00:14 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 49244 at http://kcur.org Encore Broadcast: The Value Of The Humanities Controversy Brews With Court Ruling, KCMO School Plans http://kcur.org/post/controversy-brews-court-ruling-kcmo-school-plans <p>You might have guessed that the Kansas City, Mo., schools aren’t happy with the recent ruling that will make them pay for students transferring outside their district. Now, they’re channeling that fury through the courts.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss the details of that and take a look at the controversial and secretive long-term plans from the education commissioner for the unaccredited district.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:25:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48413 at http://kcur.org Controversy Brews With Court Ruling, KCMO School Plans What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense? http://kcur.org/post/what-common-core-and-does-it-make-sense <p>Common Core is the latest trend in classroom curriculum, but not everyone’s convinced that it’s better than previous plans. For each new education strategy, schools have to change gears and adapt—and that’s easier said than done.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about what makes this plan different and how local school districts are adjusting.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47141 at http://kcur.org What Is Common Core, And Does It Make Sense? New Shawnee Mission Superintendent Wraps Up 'Listening Tour' http://kcur.org/post/new-shawnee-mission-superintendent-wraps-listening-tour <p>Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson wrapped up his 87 day listening tour last week. Hinson took over the helm of the Shawnee Mission District on July 1.</p><p>The listening tour was part of an effort to get to know the area. Hinson met with everyone from parents and students to business owners and higher education officials.</p><p>District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal says people overwhelmingly want to make sure Shawnee Mission Schools retain their strong academic tradition.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:36:34 +0000 Maria Carter 44419 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School Officials Plead For Provisional Accreditation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-officials-plead-provisional-accreditation <p>The superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools went to Jefferson City Tuesday to make his case that the district should regain provisional accreditation early. Superintendent Steve Green pointed to a dramatic improvement in school performance reports and an audit that found no issues.</p><p>Green says a policy that would allow students to transfer out of unaccredited schools would harm the district’s progress.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:36:44 +0000 Maria Carter 43828 at http://kcur.org Online Courses: Education Of The Future? http://kcur.org/post/online-courses-education-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In earlier generations, getting an education meant going to class, sitting in a classroom or lecture hall listening to the professor, and participating in discussions. Now, something as simple as raising your hand in class, or asking your neighbor to borrow a pen could become obsolete. In the growing phenomena of online education, thousands of students are logging into class, and instead of going to a physical building, they participate from the comfort of their home or local coffee shop.</span></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:07:37 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43359 at http://kcur.org Online Courses: Education Of The Future? Should Midtown Have A Public Elementary School? http://kcur.org/post/should-midtown-have-public-elementary-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oftentimes, a neighborhood is formed around a school. A school can be much more than a place where our children go Monday through Friday, but rather it becomes a community space for all. However, when this community space does not exist in a neighborhood, families either have to deal with the inconveniences, or take matters into their own hands to create a school in their neighborhood.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:56:16 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43000 at http://kcur.org Should Midtown Have A Public Elementary School? 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 Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments http://kcur.org/post/democratic-senator-criticizes-kan-regents-appointments <p>A Democratic state senator from Topeka says Gov. Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.</p><p>State law requires that no more than five of the nine regents belong to the same political party. The senator says Brownback's recent appointments violate the spirit of that law.</p><p>Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley said this week that the governor is skirting the rules because one of the new appointees changed his registration from Republican to unaffiliated in February.</p><p>Brownback says Hensley’s criticism is not accurate.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:29:29 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39532 at http://kcur.org The Value Of The Humanities http://kcur.org/post/value-humanities <p></p><p>Last month on Central Standard, we discussed the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Month (<a href="http://www.kcur.org/post/program-helps-vets-get-stem-education">STEM</a>), but today we are here to reverse all that, and argue for just the opposite.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:28:33 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 39467 at http://kcur.org The Value Of The Humanities What The Transfer Ruling Means For Accredited MO School Districts http://kcur.org/post/what-transfer-ruling-means-accredited-mo-school-districts <p>The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Wednesday regarding student transfers between unaccredited and accredited school districts.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:11:14 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 38879 at http://kcur.org What The Transfer Ruling Means For Accredited MO School Districts