1:03 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Judge Rules Mo. School Transfer Law Unconstitutional

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.

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Up to Date
1:02 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kansas City, Mo Schools: State Takeover Or Start Over?

Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo.

After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Teacher Of The Year 'Known For Unconventional Techniques'

President Obama gave the 2012 National Teacher of the Year trophy to Rebecca Mieliwocki this morning at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif., was just honored at the White House by being named National Teacher of the Year.

In expressing her thanks, Mieliwocki offered this thought: "I am not the best teacher in America. There isn't just one."

And she went on to talk about the hard work and dedication displayed by most American teachers.

According to Los Angeles' Daily Breeze:

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Planet Money
10:28 am
Mon April 23, 2012

What America Owes In Student Loans

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:42 pm

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Central Standard
2:39 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Students from the Youth Leadership Summit from the Urban League's national conference in Boston last year

If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

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Central Standard
1:31 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Multicultural Education

There’s a lot asked of our teachers today - and here’s another thing to add to that list - the ability to recognize and teach to a student’s cultural background.

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Future Of KC Schools
10:51 am
Thu April 12, 2012

New KC School Board Seeks Both Stability And Change

Troost Elementary School.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Just after winning re-election by a couple hundred write-in votes, Kansas City Missouri's school board president Airick Leonard West and three newly elected board members immediately got down to business at their first meeting last night.  The agenda included a plan to overhaul the structure of the board itself.

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Kansas City Public Schools
12:41 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

KC School Board President Wins Write-In Re-Election

School Board President Airick Leonard West will retain his at-large seat on the Kansas City, Missouri school board, after running a write-in race against four other candidates.

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The Salt
4:11 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Now On The Menu For Hungry Kids: Supper At School

Students at Garfield Elementary School eat dinner as part of an after-school program in Kansas City, Mo. In the past few years, a federally subsidized school dinner program has spread from six to all 50 states.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 12:34 pm

Not long after the start of the school year, Monique Sanders, a teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Manchester, Conn., realized many of her students were going to bed hungry.

"It was very bad. I had parents calling me several times a week, asking did I know of any other way that they could get food because they had already gone to a food pantry," Sanders says. "The food pantry only allows you to go twice per month, so if you are running low on your food stamps or you didn't get what you needed and you're not able to feed your family, that's very stressful."

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2:25 am
Mon April 9, 2012

For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans

Iraq war veteran Paul Rieckhoff (right), with Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Patty Murray of Washington, introduces the GI benefit watchdog bill in Washington. Some lawmakers say for-profit schools are taking advantage of veterans and their educational benefits.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 12:27 pm

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.

Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Now, lawmakers are looking for ways to protect vets without narrowing their education choices.

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5:24 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Upset In KC School Board Race

Jon Hile holds election tally results giving him a seat on the Kansas City Board of Education.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Kansas City School District voters have chosen a newcomer to the Board of Education, replacing a long time voice in local education.

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1:44 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Under Scrutiny, Some Head Start Programs In Limbo

President Obama plays with children at a Head Start center in Yeadon, Pa. The Obama administration is requiring some Head Start programs to compete for continued federal funding.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 10:05 pm

The Obama administration is calling for major changes in Head Start, the 46-year-old early childhood education program that helped launch President Johnson's War on Poverty.

President Obama says too many children today aren't learning, and too many education programs are mismanaged.

"We're not just going to put money into programs that don't work," the president announced late last year. "We will take money and put it into programs that do."

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Kansas City Public Schools
2:52 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Write-Ins Compete For KC School Board Seats

As Kansas City School District voters go to polls today to elect new school board members, they'll be part of an historic effort to preserve local control of the system.

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Walt Bodine Show
11:26 am
Fri March 30, 2012

KC History: The Upcoming 1940 Census Release

The 1940 census tells a story of the economic dislocation that took place in America during the Great Depression. On April 2, those records will be made publicly available online for researchers everywhere.

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1:53 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School District Meets With Council Group

Dr. Steve Green and school board president Airick Leonard West
KCCG Channel 2 video frame

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.

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5:40 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

K.C. Schools Counter Council On Truancy

A reminder that state school testing is near, while advisors struggle over the most basic elements of education, keeping children in school.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The Kansas City School District has defined a plan to help reduce school truancy, presenting it to a Regional School Improvement Team.

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5:24 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Daytime Curfew Stalls In Committee

Katrina Trast argues against daytime restrictions of movement by school age children.

With overwhelming testimony against posting a daytime curfew for truant students in Kansas City, a City Council committee put the issue on hold as well as a watered down substitute.

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4:21 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Construction Nears For New Bloch Complex At UMKC

Model of new building at UMKC Bloch School of Management.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

An addition to the UMKC  Henry W. Bloch School of Management moved closer to construction today as architects put a mockup of the $32 million structure on display.

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KC Currents
2:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Teaching In Sudan And KC

Kansas City has one of the largest Sudanese refugee populations in the country. And Stephanie Pearson wants to help teach them ... to teach.

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Kansas City Public Schools
6:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

School Board President Trains Others To Take His Place

School Board President Airick Leonard West.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. 

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Kansas City Schools
7:37 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

State Resumes Advising KCPS

State regional supervisor Tony Stansberry, interim superintendent Steve Green and school board president Airick Leonard West heard progress reports from district officials at Manual Technical Academy.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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.  

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Up To Date
8:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution

Oxford University Press

From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,  teaching evolution remains a most divisive issue in America.   Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.

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KC Currents
11:04 am
Mon February 13, 2012

KCPS Alumni Debate The District's Future

Debaters Latoya Williams-Green and Ryan Wash.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The first legislative hearings about Kansas City Public Schools began in Jefferson City on January 31, 2012. The latest bill would dissolve the district, parceling the schools out to neighboring districts for management.

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6:43 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Nixon To Ease Higher Education Cuts

$40 million of the planned funding cuts for next year will be restored, though the higher education budget will still be reduced by about 8 percent.

The bad news eased a bit for Missouri higher education this afternoon. Governor Nixon's office released a statement saying $40 million of the recommended funding cuts for next year will be restored to his budget.

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3:08 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fewer Jobs Likely To Follow Missouri Education Cuts

University of Missouri Curators' Interim President Stephen Owens speaks of budget woes with reporters in Kansas City.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

The word “inevitable” is being teamed with “job losses” if the University of Missouri system is unable to work its way out of a twelve-and-a-half percent cut in state funding for higher education in 2013.

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5:28 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Catholic Schools Want State Support For KCPS Transfers

Catholic Schools Superintendent Daniel Peters at Holy Cross Elementary School.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Local Catholic School officials are looking for state support for Kansas City Public School students to be able to transfer to private or religious schools.

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Central Standard
8:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Changing Nature Of The College Degree

The current job market is very competitive.  A single opening will see hundreds of applicants, a lot of them with four years of college on their résumés.  But, how important is that degree when compared to technical skills, or on the job training? Is a bachelor’s degree worth what it once was?

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5:31 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Fast Track Bill Would Control K.C. Schools

Missouri state legislators have begun considering a bill that would make it easier for the state to operate the Kansas City School District. A first legislative hearing brought no opposition.

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5:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Bill Will Speed KC School Intervention

No one appeared at a Jefferson City hearing today to testify against a bill that would speed  Missouri's  ability to take some charge of unaccredited Kansas City  schools.  There was support from a teachers’ association and the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

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Central Standard
6:46 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

New Approaches to Teaching Postsecondary Writing


First up on Thursday's Central Standard, a look at new approaches to helping students write at a postsecondary level. We discuss a new framework that fosters what’s called “habits of mind” and is gaining wider use, even in light of the current teach-to-the-test mentality in school systems across the nation. We're joined by Professor Linda Adler-Kassner, President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and Director of Writing Program at UC-Santa Barbara.

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