April 30, 2019


Kansas City Education News

70 KC-area schools land on expanded U.S. News ranking of best public high schools

By The Business Journal

The Kansas City area has a new champion among the nation’s best public high schools, which is based on an evaluation of more than 17,000 schools — up from 2,700 last year.

In addition to expanding its rankings, U.S. News also changed how it ranked schools. According to a press release, schools are ranked based on these six factors:

  • college readiness, which measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams (30%)
  • math and reading proficiency (20%)
  • math and reading performance (20%)
  • underserved student performance (10%)
  • college curriculum breadth (10%)
  • graduation rate (10%)

Missouri Education News

‘In God We Trust’ could be required reading in Missouri schools

By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Missouri could soon join a wave of other states requiring local schools to display the words “In God We Trust.”  In a House education committee Tuesday, lawmakers debated a proposal by Rep. Dean Dohrman that is modeled on legislation already adopted in Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona.  It would require all schools to place the nation’s motto in a location within the school where it could be viewed by students. The proposed law would go into effect next year.

States require cameras in special ed classrooms

By Jennifer Herseim, DA District Administration

Following Texas and Georgia, West Virginia is the latest state to pass legislation pertaining to the use of cameras in special education classrooms.