Education

KCUR News
9:23 am
Tue November 10, 2009

Kansas Delays Payments To School Districts

Topeka, KS – Tight state cash flow means the Kansas Department of Education is having a tough time making some payments to school districts. That's causing headaches for some school administrators.

The Economy Project
12:34 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Economic Education

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KCUR News
9:56 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Missouri Drops Integrated Math

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says it is dropping plans to create statewide math exams using an "integrated math" curriculum.

Integrated math offers a sequence of courses that teaches some algebra, geometry and higher math in the first year, followed by more complex concepts the next three school years.

It replaces a system used in many districts where math is taught in a sequence of algebra I, geometry, algebra II, and then higher level courses.

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KCUR News
9:47 am
Thu October 22, 2009

Kansas Searches For Education Commissioner

Topeka,KS – The Kansas Board of Education is kicking off its search for a new state education commissioner.

The Board of Education is calling on a national group to help find a new commissioner. The National Association of State Boards of Education will advertise the position across the country and collect candidates.

Kansas Board of Ed Chair Janet Waugh says they'll need to search a wide area, because the right candidate will need a variety of skills.

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KCUR News
8:21 am
Wed October 14, 2009

AT&T Settles Lawsuit Over Internet Access At Schools

Jefferson City, MO – AT&T Missouri has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating the False Claims Act in connection with an internet access program for schools.

The E-Rate program enables schools and libraries in low-income neighborhoods to gain access to the Internet. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller says the suit accused AT&T Missouri of colluding with school officials in Kansas City to engage in non-competitive bidding practices:

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KCUR News
9:57 am
Tue October 13, 2009

Kansas House Committee Eyes School Consolidation

Topeka, KS – The Kansas House Appropriations Committee is looking at consolidating public school districts as a way to help the state save cash and make it through the budget crunch. Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

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KCUR News
4:50 pm
Mon October 12, 2009

Best Neighbor Top 25 Tags UMKC

Kansas City, Mo. – From a survey of every university, college and junior college in the nation, relatively tiny University of Missouri-Kansas City is ranked fourteenth for its work in the urban community. The survey was drawn by the president of Westfield State College in Massachusetts, Evan Dobelle.

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KCUR News
8:36 am
Fri October 9, 2009

Senate Appropriations Chair Urges More Money For Teachers

Jefferson City, MO – The chair of the state Senate Appropriations committee is calling on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to consider providing more money for the Career Ladder program this year when new revenue estimates come in.

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KCUR News
9:09 am
Thu October 8, 2009

UMKC's Urban Education Program Get $8 Million Grant

Kansas City, MO – The Institute for Urban Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is receiving an 8 million dollar federal grant.

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help the four-year-old institute expand its efforts to train education majors to work in urban classrooms. The grant will allow the institute to hire more professors and increase student enrollment in the program.

The school of education's dean says the grant suggest the focus on urban education is cutting edge and nationally relevant.

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KCUR News
8:32 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Senate Confirms Former Kansas Education Commissioner

Kansas City, MO –

The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Kansas education commissioner Alexa Posny's appointment to a federal education post.

President Barack Obama nominated Posny as assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services in July. She worked for the U.S. Department of Education from 2006-07 as director of special education before becoming Kansas education commissioner.

When announcing Posny's nomination, the White House noted her experience as both an administrator and a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

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KCUR News
6:30 am
Tue October 6, 2009

KU Breaks Ground On Bioscience Building

Lawrence, KS – University of Kansas officials, politicians and industry leaders broke ground Monday on a new Bioscience and Technology Business Center on the KU campus.

The 20,000 square foot facility is aimed at growing life science industry in Kansas.

The $7.25 million incubator will provide space for space and high tech equipment for new bioscience companies.

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KCUR News
11:37 am
Mon September 14, 2009

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Kansas City, KS – In May, the University of Kansas Board of Regents named KU's 17th Chancellor, replacing Robert Hemenway, who had served in that role for 14 years. It turned out to be a history-making choice.

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KCUR News
6:47 am
Fri August 7, 2009

School Districts: JACO Undervalued School Property Assessments

Kansas City, MO – Eleven area school districts are suing Jackson County for allegedly giving incorrect property tax assessments.

Independence Superintendent Jim Hinson says the school districts lost a total of $35 million because the county used old figures and did not count several plots of school-owned land.

The county blames the economic downturn for the lower property values. Home values in Jackson County are down 7 percent this year.

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KCUR News
12:51 pm
Fri July 24, 2009

New KCMO Superintendent Outlines Approach For District

Kansas City, MO – At the beginning of July, John Covington started his work as the new superintendent of the Kansas City Missouri School District. He comes with a track record of boosting student achievement in Pueblo, Colorado and in a small district in Lowndes County, Alabama, which is near where he's from. But in Kansas City, most people agree; Covington has his work cut out for him.

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KCUR News
12:47 am
Wed July 22, 2009

Community Testifies On Future Of KCMO School Board

Melissa Eddy testifies before the Joint Committee on Education of the Missouri General Assembly. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – The Joint Committee on Education of the Missouri General Assembly heard public testimony last night, about the governance of the Kansas City school district. Community members talked about whether an appointed board might run the district better than the current elected board.

Over the past year, members of General Assembly have drafted legislation that would create an appointed board, or eliminate the sub-districts. Parent Melissa Eddy heads the organization Do The Right Thing for Kids.

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KCUR News
4:56 pm
Fri July 10, 2009

State Likes KCMO School District's Plan

Kansas City, Missouri – Early reviews of the Kansas City Missouri School District's plan to earn back its state accreditation are positive.

The district submitted a revised roadmap back to full accreditation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education yesterday and the state likes where the district is headed.

Director of School Improvement Support Ginny Vandelicht contrasted the new report with the one she received in March.

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KCUR News
2:46 pm
Mon June 22, 2009

Parents React To Proposed School Consolidations

Kansas City, MO – About a hundred and fifty people packed a meeting room at the Kansas City Missouri School District headquarters last week. Many came to protest the closing of about a dozen schools. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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KCUR News
10:07 am
Wed June 17, 2009

Parents Concerned About KCMO School Closing Plan

Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.
Audria Royster is going into sixth grade at McCoy Elementary School in Blue Valley.

Kansas City, MO – About 150 people packed a meeting room at the Kansas City Missouri school district headquarters last night. Many came to protest the closing of about a dozen schools. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross was there.

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KCUR News
3:20 am
Fri June 5, 2009

Community Focus For Funkhouser Education Summit

Libraries CEO Crosby Kemper III tells the city council about the plight of American education.
Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

Kansas City, MO – When Mayor Mark Funkhouser spoke of an Education Summit in his State of the City address most people thought he was talking about intervening in the troubled Kansas City, Missouri public school district. It turns out he was talking about a lot more.

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KCUR News
4:12 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Mo. School District Gets Surprise Stimulus Funds

Construction at Knob Noster's new baseball facilities. Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR.

Knob Noster, MO – For most public schools, May is the end of the school year and it's a busy time. But in the spring of 2009, many school administrators are also faced with another challenge: a large influx of federal stimulus money and a small window of opportunity to use it. KCUR's Alex Smith recently paid a visit to Knob Noster School District, which is in just that situation.

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KCUR News
4:12 pm
Mon May 18, 2009

Teachers Look Back On First Year In The Classroom

Joe Fox explains long division in his fourth-grade classroom. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

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KCUR News
2:59 pm
Wed May 6, 2009

Parents As Teachers Faces Cuts

St. Louis, MO – It's the 25th year of Parents As Teachers, an early childhood program that began in Missouri.

It was the first of its kind when it began, and now Parents As Teachers is in every state and several countries.

Yet while the program is celebrating its anniversary, it's also facing a 10% cut in state funding from its home state.

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KCUR News
12:02 pm
Mon May 4, 2009

New KCMO Superintendent Comes With Foundation's Support

Last week, the Kansas City Missouri School Board selected John Covington to be the new superintendent. Covington has accepted the position, pending contract negotiations.

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's school board unanimously selected a new superintendent this week. It's been 15 months since the previous incumbent Anthony Amato stepped down, at the urging of the board. John Covington (pictured) is currently superintendent of schools in Pueblo, Colorado, and he's worked in some smaller districts in Alabama, where he's from. Covington says he's eager to face the challenges of a large, urban district, and knows he'll be sitting in what's considered a hot seat.

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KCUR News
7:53 pm
Thu April 30, 2009

John Covington Selected To Head KCMO Schools

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Missouri school board unanimously selected a new superintendent yesterday: John Covington, who currently heads a school district in Pueblo, Colorado.

Covington has been in Pueblo for the past three years. Before that he worked in several smaller districts in Alabama; he's from Montgomery, originally. Covington recently completed training at the Broad Superintendent's Academy in Los Angeles. School board president Marilyn Simmons says that preparation will benefit Kansas City's schools.

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KCUR News
8:57 am
Tue April 28, 2009

KCMO School Board Names Two Finalists For Superintendent

Kansas City, MO – Two finalists for the job of Kansas City Missouri schools superintendent were named Tuesday afternoon. The candidates will answer questions at a public forum Wednesday evening at Paseo Academy.

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KCUR News
9:53 am
Mon March 2, 2009

Expanding Program Inspires Young Engineers

Students at Rosedal Middle School build gears in Project Lead the Way's Automation and Robotics class. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

Kansas City, MO – This week, Kansas legislators announced a new task force to study the state's shortage of engineering graduates. Leaders say there's an increasing demand for skilled engineers in areas such as energy, water and health care, which will play a key role in the state's future economic prosperity. Many colleges find that students who might be interested in engineering aren't academically prepared to succeed in the major. But a new curriculum in Kansas City area middle and high schools, on both sides of state line, is trying to fill the gap.

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KCUR News
5:11 am
Mon March 2, 2009

KCMO School District And Teachers' Union Reach Tentative Deal

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KCUR News
2:01 am
Sun February 15, 2009

KCMO School District And Teachers' Union Near Contract Agreement

Kansas City, MO – Teachers in the Kansas City Missouri school district have been working without a contract since last summer. The teacher's union and the district say they're finally closing in on an agreement, but they've had to re-negotiate the entire document from scratch. District officials hope the new agreement will make both teachers and administrators more accountable for student performance. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross reports.

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