Education http://kcur.org en Another Kansas City For-Profit College Could Be Closing http://kcur.org/post/another-kansas-city-profit-college-could-be-closing <p>For-profit Anthem College has told the state of Missouri it plans to lay off 67 employees in the next two months.</p><p>The school has put up a notice on its website that its campuses in Kansas City, Fenton and Maryland Heights are no longer enrolling new students but it hasn't confirmed the college is closing down.</p><p>The news comes just weeks after for-profit Corinthian College announced it would sell or close dozens of schools, including the Everest College campus in Kansas City. For now, that school continues to enroll new students.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:47 +0000 Elle Moxley 59397 at http://kcur.org Missouri State Board Not Ready To Grant KCPS Accreditation Request http://kcur.org/post/missouri-state-board-not-ready-grant-kcps-accreditation-request <p>The Missouri State Board of Education says there's not enough data to approve Kansas City Public Schools' request for provisional accreditation.</p><p>The district says its test scores should be good enough to qualify for provisional accreditation next month when its annual performance review is released. But the district asked the State Board to act early, before the school year starts, so it won't lose more students to other districts.</p><p>As long as the district remains unaccredited, state law permits students to transfer to neighboring schools.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45:29 +0000 Elle Moxley 59297 at http://kcur.org Here's What You Need To Know About KCPS-Academie Lafayette Plan http://kcur.org/post/heres-what-you-need-know-about-kcps-academie-lafayette-plan <p>Kansas City Public Schools wants to close Southwest Early College Campus and <a href="http://kcur.org/post/school-district-academie-lafayette-planning-new-charter-southwest-campus">transform the site into a new high school</a> in partnership with French-immersion charter&nbsp;Academie Lafayette.</p><p>The district has been holding parent and community meetings this month to get feedback on the plan, which would require most current Southwest students transfer to other district schools. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora Ave., Kansas City, Mo.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:23:24 +0000 Elle Moxley 59225 at http://kcur.org Here's What You Need To Know About KCPS-Academie Lafayette Plan Efficiency Group Considering Kansas School Spending http://kcur.org/post/efficiency-group-considering-kansas-school-spending <p>A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars.</p><p>The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute. Those factions don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.</p><p>The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:01:17 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59218 at http://kcur.org Kansas School Efficiency Group Convenes For First Time http://kcur.org/post/kansas-school-efficiency-group-convenes-first-time <p>A Kansas school efficiency commission created by the Legislature met for the first time Friday. It was formed to find ways for schools to more efficiently use taxpayer money while improving the quality of education.</p><p>The group chose retired advertising executive and former Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission.</p><p>"I think my opportunity is to help us get to the position where the entire state of Kansas can be comfortable with the recommendations we're going to make," says Williams.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 59145 at http://kcur.org Missouri Parents, Educators To Review Common Core http://kcur.org/post/missouri-parents-educators-review-common-core <p>Missouri parents and educators will take a closer look at academic standards as a result of legislation Gov. Jay Nixon signed Monday in <a href="http://kcur.org/post/compromise-would-keep-missouri-common-core-now">what could be the state's first step away from Common Core</a>.</p><p>An earlier version of the bill would have barred Missouri schools from implementing the Common Core. But now the state will use the nationally-crafted math and English language arts standards for at least two more years.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:32:11 +0000 Elle Moxley 58969 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-projects-seek-reinvigorate-kansas-city-schools <p>A new program is taking an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the longstanding problem of education in Kansas City, Mo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lean Lab at the Sprint Accelerator will announce six projects to help area schools Friday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>For the past four weeks, fellows at the Lean Lab have been cooking up practical, simple ideas to reinvigorate education in Kansas City.</p><p>For example, one fellow is working on a grading system that will use smartphones and tablets to help track students' progress assignment by assignment.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:51 +0000 Cody Newill 58724 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Projects Seek To Reinvigorate Kansas City Schools University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record http://kcur.org/post/university-missouri-sets-fundraising-record <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Donors deposited a record-breaking amount of money into the University of Missouri’s coffers last fiscal year.</span></p><p>The university in Columbia, Mo., beat its 2013-14 fiscal year goal of raising $150 million by pulling in $164.5 million.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The amount broke the previous record of $160 million raised in fiscal year 2008. </span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:15 +0000 Ben Palosaari 58714 at http://kcur.org University Of Missouri Sets Fundraising Record Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers http://kcur.org/post/missouri-step-oversight-child-care-providers <p>There are roughly 2,300 child care providers in Missouri that don't have to follow any kind of health and safety regulations&nbsp;– a huge problem for parents trying to find suitable day care for their children.</p><p>"There are some folks out there who, either through negligence or circumstance, should not be in the business of providing child care," says Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, "and there's very little to stop them from setting up a sign, &nbsp;throwing a swing set out back and calling themselves a childcare provider."</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:35:38 +0000 Elle Moxley 58615 at http://kcur.org Missouri To Step Up Oversight Of Child Care Providers Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault http://kcur.org/post/survey-college-campuses-shows-many-do-not-investigate-sexual-assault U.S. Sen. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:48:06 +0000 Jo Mannies 58611 at http://kcur.org Survey Of College Campuses Shows Many Do Not Investigate Sexual Assault KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options http://kcur.org/post/kus-edwards-campus-add-five-new-advanced-degree-options <p>Professionals seeking advanced degrees from the University of Kansas will have five new opportunities from the Overland Park-based Edwards campus starting this fall.&nbsp;</p><p>The five new degree programs are for graduate students in<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;education, business, accounting and international studies.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:27:58 +0000 Cody Newill 58593 at http://kcur.org KU's Edwards Campus To Add Five New Advanced Degree Options UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates http://kcur.org/post/um-system-expands-academic-tracking-platform-boost-retention-and-graduation-rates <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="University of Missouri System Seal" data-attribution="Credit University of Missouri System" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/University-of-Missouri-System-Seal.png" alt="" /><p>The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.<p>The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, fa Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:18:06 +0000 Joseph Leahy 58594 at http://kcur.org UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund http://kcur.org/post/some-missouri-immigrants-can-tap-scholarship-fund <p>The Missouri Department of Higher Education is opening up a community college scholarship program to young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.</p><p>That means students who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,&nbsp;will be able to trade tutoring hours for two years of tuition reimbursement through the A+ Scholarship Program.&nbsp;</p><p>The deferred action program is tied to an Obama administration initiative that started in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:27:53 +0000 Elle Moxley 58577 at http://kcur.org Some Missouri Immigrants Can Tap Into Scholarship Fund Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests http://kcur.org/post/kansas-schools-wont-get-report-cards-after-hackers-stymie-tests <p>The Kansas State Board of Education agreed Tuesday to throw out data from this year's math and reading exams after hackers disrupted the spring standardized tests.</p><p>The decision means the state won't be issuing school report cards this fall.</p><p>"We just didn't have faith that the data were going to give an accurate picture of where the students in Kansas are in relation to the new cognitive standards," says Mariane Perie, director of the Center for Education Testing and Evaluation&nbsp;at the University of Kansas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:38:40 +0000 Elle Moxley 58558 at http://kcur.org Kansas Schools Won't Get Report Cards After Hackers Stymie Tests 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 A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/look-back-plan-tried-unify-kansas-city-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1967, Missouri Rep. Jim Spainhower<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was tasked with creating a bill that would reorganize public school districts throughout the state.</span></span></p><p>Known as the&nbsp;Spainhower Commission, the plan would've cut the total number of school districts down to 20.</p><p>Reactions to the Spainhower Commission were almost uniformly negative at the time, as many Kansas City and St. Louis suburb residents thought it was a ploy for tax money and desegregation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:29:52 +0000 Cody Newill 58217 at http://kcur.org A Look Back At The Plan That Tried To Unify Kansas City Public Schools 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 College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases http://kcur.org/post/college-tuition-rises-while-state-funding-decreases <p></p><p></p><p>It's a struggle today for college students to pay their tuition. As costs continue to rise, states are backing away from funding higher education. Steve Kraske talks with the co-author of a <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/An-Era-of-Neglect/145045/">recent report</a> on this very problem. They look at why lawmakers in so many states are turning their backs on helping students get their degrees.</p><p><strong>Learn More: </strong>Find out who pays for public higher education, <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Who-Pays-More/145063/">the state or the student</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:34:05 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57993 at http://kcur.org College Tuition Rises While State Funding Decreases 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 Universities, Colleges Sign Transfer Agreement http://kcur.org/post/kansas-universities-colleges-sign-transfer-agreement <p>A new agreement signed by universities and community colleges in Kansas can help students earn associate degrees.</p><p>The program is aimed at helping students who transfer from a community college to a university, and<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;puts in place a "reverse transfer" policy. </span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:11:04 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57821 at http://kcur.org School District, Academie Lafayette Planning New Charter For Southwest Campus http://kcur.org/post/school-district-academie-lafayette-planning-new-charter-southwest-campus <p>Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with French immersion charter Academie Lafayette to open a new high school at the Southwest Early College Campus.</p><p>The new school will be both a public charter and a "signature" school, the designation KCPS gives to buildings with selective enrollment criteria. The district will provide the facility, and&nbsp;Academie Lafayette will run the school.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:42:17 +0000 Elle Moxley 57662 at http://kcur.org School District, Academie Lafayette Planning New Charter For Southwest Campus Kansas Board Of Regents Approves Tuition Increase http://kcur.org/post/kansas-board-regents-approves-tuition-increase <p>College students in Kansas will see their tuition bills increase next year after the Kansas Board of Regents voted Wednesday to raise rates.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The overall tuition and fee increases for undergraduate resident students in Kansas range from 2.5 percent at Fort Hays State University to more than 5 percent at Kansas State. Regents Chairman Fred Logan says this is the lowest increase in 13 years.</span></p><p>"It's always a tough job balancing access and excellence and I think we've done a pretty nice job of that here," says Logan.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:17:43 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57558 at http://kcur.org Kansas Regents To Vote On Tuition Increases http://kcur.org/post/kansas-regents-vote-tuition-increases <p>The Kansas Board of Regents will consider proposed tuition increases at a meeting this week. Breeze Richardson with the board, says this will be the final step in the process. Universities have spent the last few months developing and submitting their proposals.</p><p>"Those proposals were brought forth at last months meeting, and then the final proposals will be presented [Wedesnday] and voted upon" Richardson said.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:16:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57478 at http://kcur.org Fellowship Encourages Startup Thinking Around Kansas City Education http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-encourages-startup-thinking-around-kansas-city-education <p>If figuring out how to fix education in Kansas City is a puzzle, then the founders of The Lean Lab say their fellowships should provide the pieces.</p><p>"Each fellow has to commit to impacting 500 students over the course of five years," says Carrie Markel, the group's chief operating officer. "If we incubate 20 fellows a year, in less than 20 years we would impact all 70,000 students in the Kansas City city limits."</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:39:16 +0000 Elle Moxley 57300 at http://kcur.org Menu Changes Mean Fewer Kansas City Kids Are Buying Lunch At School http://kcur.org/post/menu-changes-mean-fewer-kansas-city-kids-are-buying-lunch-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two years ago, sweeping changes to federal school lunch guidelines put more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on cafeteria trays.</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:18:22 +0000 Elle Moxley 57174 at http://kcur.org Menu Changes Mean Fewer Kansas City Kids Are Buying Lunch At School 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 Kauffman Charter School Sets High Bar, But Can It Be Replicated? http://kcur.org/post/kauffman-charter-school-sets-high-bar-can-it-be-replicated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a lofty goal for any charter – be the premiere public school in Missouri and a model for the rest of the country.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And for a new school, it’s especially bold. Yet that’s been the vision of the <a href="http://www.kauffmanschool.org/">Kauffman School</a> since before it opened.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:04:48 +0000 Elle Moxley 56829 at http://kcur.org Kauffman Charter School Sets High Bar, But Can It Be Replicated? College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt" http://kcur.org/post/college-connections-center-works-stop-summer-melt <p></p><p>A new program in the metro is aimed at ensuring that graduating high school seniors intending to go to college don't become victims of "summer melt", the phenomenon where students set for college in the spring don't make it to campus in the fall.</p><p><br />The Kansas City Metro College Connections Center is designed to combat summer melt, an issue especially acute for low-income and first-generation college students.&nbsp; Steve Kraske previews the new Center's goals with MCC-Penn Valley President <strong>Joe Seabrooks</strong> and KCUR reporter <strong>Elle Moxley</strong>.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:38:38 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 56813 at http://kcur.org College Connections Center Works To Stop "Summer Melt"