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Kansas City Education News

The Banneker AttenDance

By Luther Okeyo, KCPS Communications

Every month, Benjamin Banneker Elementary does something special for the students who maintain their 90/90 attendance rate. Those students head to the gym to have some fun and dance while listening to some great music. Thank you to DJ Rocky Montana on the turntables and Culture Shock for providing the incredible so our students had their choice of what they wanted to listen to.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards $200K in grants for KC metro education initiatives

By Sherae Honeycutt,  Fox 4 News

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awarded $200,000 to the KCMO based nonprofit Lean Lab Education for a study on innovation in education and the purchasing decisions districts make…Schools like Pitcher Elementary who has…

Local districts opposed to Missouri bill that would push back first day of school

By Pat McGonigle, Fox 4 News

There’s a debate brewing between two powerful forces in Missouri. The tourism industry and education officials are at odds over a proposal to prevent starting school in the first half of August.  House Bill 161, sponsored by State Rep. Jeff Knight (R-Lebanon), calls for a ban on any public school district from starting school 14 days before the first Monday of September.

Missouri Education News

WGU Missouri is helping to fund teachers

By Fox2 Now

According to the National Education Association, teachers pay an average of $479 of their own money per year on children’s classroom needs.  Teachers can apply to the program to receive funding. Applications will be accepted through April 26.

National Education News

$10K bonuses among perks California districts are using to lure bilingual teachers

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive

A district in Sacramento, California, is paying up to $10,000 in bonuses to attract bilingual teachers, while others are hoping extra training will push educators toward finishing the bilingual certification they may have started.

Early intervention helps students stay on track for graduation

By Shawna De LaRosa, EducationDive

Raising graduation rates often means tracking and providing extra support to those students who are at risk of dropping out, District Administration reports. Districts with lower dropout rates sometimes have designated staff members that reach out to students right away if they stop showing up for class.

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