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Kansas City Area Schools

KCPS receives $2.59 million grant to expand trauma-informed school model

By Elizabeth Orosco,  Northeast News

To meet the growing need of addressing childhood trauma in the classroom, Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) received a $2.59 million grant to provide trauma-specific support and resources to students. The grant, provided through the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), is the largest grant the district has received under the leadership of KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell. The funds will be used to expand the Trauma-Informed School System Model by adding support staff, training teachers and leaders on trauma support, and taking a holistic approach to student’s academic success. Dr. Lateshia Woodley, executive director of Student Support Services for Kansas City Public Schools, said this will help put the resources in the hands of kids who need them most.

Central Middle School Newstveyes media monitoring

Missouri Education News

New proposed bill will require Missouri schools to provide free tampons and pads

By KMOV4 News

A Missouri representative wants school districts to provide feminine hygiene products for students at no charge.  State Rep. Martha Stevens, D-Columbia, is sponsoring House Bill 1954, which requires public and charter schools to provide period products in bathrooms for students in grades six through 12 at no charge.  Under the bill, the state would cover the costs through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Capitol Rally, Student Performances to Raise Awareness about K-12 Education Options

By  PR Newswire
Gov. Mike Parsons to present official Missouri School Choice Week proclamation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Legislators, educators, and students from a diverse group of more than 25 Missouri schools will connect at a School Choice Rally and Student Showcase event on Wednesday, Jan. 29. One of Missouri’s largest events during School Choice Week and the second planned at the state capitol, this free event will celebrate all types of K-12 education and raise awareness about the education opportunities families want for the future. The rally will kick off at 11:45 a.m. at the Missouri Capitol Rotunda with welcome remarks and school choice contest winners being announced by Peter Franzen, executive director of Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri. Gov. Mike Parsons will present the official proclamation of Missouri School Choice Week. Following the proclamation, students will display their musical and vocal talents in a series of upbeat performances. The rally will wrap up at 1 p.m. with attendees singing “America the Beautiful.”

National Education News

In Kansas, a Ripe Debate Over Whether K-12 Money Is Getting to the Kids Who Need it Most

By Daarel Burnette II, Education Week

One of the most compelling statistics to come out of the years-long legal debate in Kansas over how to overhaul its school funding formula was that more than a quarter of Kansas’ so-called “at risk” students, most of them poor, black, Latino or English Language Learners, fail to meet the state’s academic standards.  So when a legislative audit report last month showed that the vast majority of the $400 million in new money Kansas lawmakers each year set aside for those students wasn’t actually reaching those students, legislators were livid. State lawmakers now are debating whether they should make the state’s board of education and department of education crack down on districts to assure that money is spent as intended, or provide vouchers to poor parents to allow them to transfer to better-performing schools.

How HBCUs’ Strategies Can Help K-12’s Students of Color

By Sara Weissman,  Diverseeducatoin.com

To better support Black students in K-12 institutions, school teachers must learn from the pedagogies of Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and provide young students with proactive, hands-on mentorship starting as early as kindergarten, said educators at a daylong summit here on Tuesday. Like at HBCUs, K-12 instructors should also actively cultivate pride in African-American heritage and instill a can-do attitude in students even as they stress high standards in academics, they said. “[Black students] have been discarded for so long,” that they absorb negative stereotypes in their K-12 years, said Dr. Hakim Lucas, president of Virginia Union University. He spoke about the role HBCUs can play in K-12 learning at the event hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

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