Midtown will be undergoing some dramatic changes as Westport Middle School was recently sold to developers at BNIM to be converted into community spaces as well as market-rate housing. BNIM has named the project a Center for Community Vitality. Their plan includes residential living, a botanical garden, a pool and wellness center, and more.
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.
Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) leaders are celebrating. They got a 60 percent on a state evaluation. 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.
When Superintendent Stephen Green first got the district’s numbers under a new evaluation system in December, they were dismal.
“Moments like that either they break you or they make you stronger for having persevered through the break,” said Green.
Kansas City public schools showed improvement in a preview of new Missouri school district ratings, but will not regain provisional accreditation at this time.
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."
Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.
All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated. Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City is putting its first students into the newly expanded business school. The $32 million “Henry Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” opens August 19.
Finished construction marks the biggest single money-gift the school has ever gotten.
Budgets, common core, accreditation and aspirations for the year will be some of the topics of our conversation. Superintendents Jim Hinson from the Shawnee Mission School District and Stephen Green from Kansas City Public Schools join in a discussion of the pressing issues facing our schools and taking questions and comments from the community.
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.
In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with teachers Caitlin Rowe, Ashley Martinez,Jacque Flowers, who have just finished their first year in the classroom, about what they’ve learned, surprises they encountered and what keeps them coming back.
A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Barack Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at University of Central Missouri.
He described the program as a job creator that speeds education for young people without leaving them saddled with student loan debt upon graduation.
Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.
Opponents are targeting the standardized tests used in meeting Common Core Requirements.
Megan King is a parent from Lawrence. She said the costs of the tests will be too high and will require technology updates. King wants the state to keep using tests developed by the University of Kansas.
Hundreds of people are gathering to prove they are the best at a profession they have either just started or about to start. The Skills USA competition pits people in secondary and post-secondary education in head to head competition in talents ranging from computer programing, to cooking, to welding to over 90 other fields.
Blackbeard. Jack Sparrow. Captain Hook. We’ve seen the ships, peg legs, skulls and crossbones. They cross the turbulent high seas on the big screen, in books and in our imaginations. But who were pirates, really?
The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously Thursday to extend employment benefits to same sex couples employed by the UM System.
“Effectively, more and more employers and institutions such as the University of Missouri System realize you need to have these types of benefits in order to remain competitive in a state environment,” said AJ Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – a Missouri LGBT rights group that has been advocating for this change.
University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.
Deaton says the time was right.
“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.
Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.
Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core reading and math education standards. They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.
Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.
They've mastered advanced battlefield operations planning. They’ve navigated years of overseas intricacies and family complexities. But now, can they master trigonometry?
The Veteran in STEM program seeks to support veterans in acquiring the education they need to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. While the process of retooling your education to focus on math or science might seem daunting to anybody, only half of STEM jobs require a bachelors degree or higher level of education, the other half typically require associate degrees or specific trade training. Dean Kevin Truman of the School of Computing and Engineering and Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the KC BANCS program guide us through the unique supports and programing they've put together to help veterans advance their education and careers.
University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.
The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.
As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many. But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President.
On July 1, the interest rate for federal education loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not take action, which is where bill H.R. 1911 comes in.
This bill proposes tying the interest rate of education loans to the 10-year treasury note rate plus 2.5 percent.
The first Kansas legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over. But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions; one is the Kansas University Medical Center.
Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; in a speech this spring, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations.