Education

Education
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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Education
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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Education
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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Education
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

flickr/unnottingham

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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Public Schools
3:29 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Kansas Democrats Unveil School Funding Plan

Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have unveiled a school funding plan as an alternative to the one introduced by Governor Sam Brownback.

The Democratic plan would increase school funding with the goal of restoring some of the cuts made in recent years. It would also provide about $45 million to help reduce local property taxes.

Representative Paul Davis of Lawrence is the top Democrat in the House. He says budget cuts to education in recent years have had a significant impact on schools.

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Education
5:17 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Schools' "Among Worst In Nation" Tag Gets Softpedal

"No politics allowed," says KC's Mayor James, speaking of school district control changes.

The depiction of city schools as “among the worst in the nation” by the US Education Secretary and Kansas City’s mayor made bold headlines but slipped quietly aside as the mayor briefed the City Council today.

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Education
4:51 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

School Standing Loss Creates Academic Bedfellows

A recent study from University of Missouri-St. Louis may have Kansas City applications as the local school district prepares to lose its  accreditation in January. The survey finds how many students will leave the unaccredited system.

The October-November survey of some 600 St. Louis households finds nearly one-third of public school students would leave that  district if they could transfer to better-performing districts. State law lets them but the law is being contested.

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KC Currents
9:58 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents Consider Transferring Students Out Of KCPS

Jamekia Kendrix and her daughter set up for a forum about the future of Kansas City Public Schools
Sylvia Gross

The Kansas City, Missouri school district has been shedding students over the past 40 years – from 70,000 in the 1970s to less than 17,000 today.  Some are worried about another exodus when the district officially loses accreditation on January 1st. Missouri law allows students to transfer to an accredited district, with tuition and transportation paid for by the unaccredited district. Area districts are still wrangling with transfer policies.

Central Standard
10:23 am
Tue December 20, 2011

The Rebuild Joplin Studio Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, a look at UMKC's Rebuild Joplin Studio Project. For those working on it, they quickly learned that this is more than just another class, but an opportunity to rebuild a resilient Joplin.

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Kansas City Public Schools
7:02 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KCPS Establishes Transfer Policy

Troost Elementary School is in the Kansas City, Missouri school district.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

With Kansas City Public Schools losing accreditation January 1, the district has set up a new policy allowing for students to transfer to accredited districts.

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Education
6:02 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Educators Pore Over New School Funding Formula

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.
bigstock.com

Kansas school districts are digesting a sweeping school finance plan proposed today by Governor Sam Brownback.

He promises no district will lose state funds via the proposal, which is designed to give local boards a freer hand in spending. It would also allow districts to raise property taxes.

The property tax cap, set by state law, would be removed under the Brownback plan, which would go into effect in July 2013. President of the Shawnee Mission School Board Craig Denny was struck by that and another provision.

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Education
10:16 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Brownback Unveils School Finance Proposal

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
kansas.gov

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback spelled out the details of his school finance overhaul Wednesday. It would allow local taxpayers to raise property taxes as high as they wanted for education. Currently, school districts can only raise  a limited amount of funding from property taxes: a maximum of 30 percent of the funding they receive from the state.

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Central Standard
9:24 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Saving Up For A Future

Today on Central Standard, a look at the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and how they're partnering with area non-profits to teach financial literacy.

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Education
10:35 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Businessman Timothy Wolfe Named University Of Missouri President

Businessman Timothy Wolfe was announced as the new  president of University of Missouri system Tuesday morning.  Wolfe is a long time IBM executive and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Business.

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

School board president Airick Leonard West and Mayor Sly James discuss the district's future.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall, school board president Airick Leonard West said that's changing.

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School Lunches
3:13 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

School Lunch Changes Still In The Works

Food service workers set out Individual salads at a school cafeteria in Lincoln, Neb.
Clay Masters Harvest Public Media

From Harvest Public Media: With more families depending on the National School Lunch Program to feed their children, school districts are gearing up to implement new nutrition guidelines being handed down by the federal government by early next year.

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Urban Youth
8:07 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Mentoring For Urban Youth

Legacy Foundation

There's an old proverb that asks, how do you eat an elephant? The answer, one bite at a time. Join us for a look at two area organizations that are doing their part, bite by bite, to help address the needs of KC's urban youth in the areas of childhood obesity, literacy and youth violence.

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Kansas City Public Schools
4:47 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Mayor and School Board President Convene Discussions About District Governance

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and School Board President Airick Leonard West committed to a series of community conversations over the next few months about the governance of the school district. Neither has endorsed the idea of a mayoral takeover of schools, but they say no idea is off the table.

Mayor James says he began convening people to talk about the school district after Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro told him that it was difficult to do anything in Kansas City because it's so divided.

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board of education
4:34 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Nicastro Punts On KCPS Governance

board of education
4:33 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pitch for KC Mayor To Run Schools

Diane Cleaver, flanked by Missouri Representatives Mike Talboy (r) and Jason Holsman(l), favor Mayor's operation of KC schools.(Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City's Mayor wants to run the Kansas City School District.

A forum of educators, politicians and parents drawn together by Kansas City's Mayor to save the district from a state takeover is wagering the Missouri Board of Education will buy in.

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Education
4:56 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Rescue Plans Abound For KC Schools

Kansas City, MO – A diverse collection of forces are working alone or in concert to help the soon-to-be- accreditation-stripped Kansas City School District. One high profile group of minority leaders is asking Missouri's Education Commissioner to immediately appoint a panel to take over the District. Mayor Sly James has convened his own forum that includes neighboring schools.

The breaking developments come just days before the state education board meets and the local district is on the agenda.

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Education
10:13 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Gone In A Fury: Top KC Educators Depart

Former KC Superintendent John Covington.

Kansas City, MO. – The Kansas City School District has launched a fast search for administrators to replace three top executives who quit amid a furor over possible state takeover of the district. One school board member lays blame squarely on the state education department.

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Education
3:50 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools

Kansas City, Missouri school board members Crispin Rea, Airick Leonard West and Joseph Jackson.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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Education
8:04 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Missouri Ed. Commissioner Asks KCMO School Board To Vote Itself Away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A proposal to eliminate the Kansas City Missouri school board won't be on the agenda at tomorrow's board meeting. But the state education commissioner has asked board members to replace themselves with a state appointed board, or risk a takeover in January.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Suburban Districts Succeed At Expense Of Urban Counterparts

Photo by Laura Ziegler / KCUR.
Children at the Afrikan Centered school in Kansas City, MO.

LAWRENCE, Ks. – When the Kansas City Missouri school district officially loses its accreditation on January 1, 2012, students in the district may have the option of enrolling in other district's schools. And the Kansas City district would be required to pay tuition and transportation costs for any student who does that.

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Education
6:49 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Audit Shows Improvement In KCMO School Finances

Chick Elementary School is one of the KC's 38 closed schools, which the audit reports are costing the district millions in maintenance and utilities. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new audit of the Kansas City Missouri school district shows a significant improvement in the district's operations and finances. The audit was requested in 2009 and looked at the district's expenditures and operations until June, 2010.

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KCUR News
5:36 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

KCMO Parents React to Loss of Accreditation; State Board Member Defends Action

Lincoln Preparatory Academy students Franky George and Nayeli Mendoza came to a forum to find out about possibly transferring to a different school district. Photo by Kayla Regan/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Missouri school district received one more disappointing blow this week, when the state board of education stripped it of its accreditation. And that was just weeks after Superintendent John Covington resigned unexpectedly to take a job in Michigan.

That leaves families in the district wondering what kind of trajectory Kansas City's schools are really on.

Leading Up to the Loss

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KCUR News
2:24 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

KCMO District Loses Accreditation

Interim Superintendent Stephen Green and Acting School Board President Derek Richey address the media after the accreditation vote. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Missouri schools will lose their provisional accreditation on January 1, after a vote this afternoon by the state Board of Education. In a recent review, the district met only three of 14 accreditation standards. District officials said they plan to move ahead with the transformation plan laid out by the previous superintendent.

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