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Kansas City area Education News

Free back to school event for KC Public Schools students

By Kansas City Live, 41 Action News (view video)

Back to school is just around the corner, and Kansas City Public Schools is celebrating the new year with a free event for its students. Nicole Collier-White fills us in on 2019 Summerfest, being held this Saturday, August 3.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Armed school officers? Missouri task force suggests it’s one way to keep students safe

by Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Every Missouri school should have an armed law enforcement officer on hand to respond quickly to an active shooter, a new report says. After four months of work, a special task force headed by Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe recommended the idea as one piece of an overall plan designed to keep students safe and to help them cope with the emotional strain if something does happen.

Missouri high school equivalency exam offered free to first-time test-takers

By Emily Younker eyounker@joplinglobe.com

The HiSET, which Missouri uses as its high school equivalency exam, is now available to first-time test-takers for free. Developed by the New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service, the HiSET replaced the GED in Missouri in January 2014. The cost to take the test is $98.75. That includes exams in math, science, social studies, reading and writing at a cost of $17.75 per subtest, as well as a $10 state registration fee.  “I think people will feel more comfortable about trying to pass the test” with the fees waived, said Linda Dishman, director of Joplin Adult Education and Literacy.

National Education News

Is your school district prepared for a natural disaster?

By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

  • Some Denver-area school districts are struggling to obtain the appropriate property insurance coverage since a major hailstorm hit suburbs west of the Colorado city in 2017, causing $12 million in damage to Jeffco Public Schools alone, Chalkbeat reports.
  • Jeffco now has 14 insurance policies, but the district only was able to get $150 million in limits as compared with $200 million for previous property coverage.

While school safety planning is often focused on preparing for active shooter scenarios, natural disasters occur more frequently and can have a devastating impact on a district’s ability to meet students’ educational needs. Recent natural disasters have had a major financial impact on state budgets and insurance costs have skyrocketed in response to disasters, so district leaders need to take a hard look at how weather-related issues could affect their schools.

5 steps for improving urban schools through autonomous leadership

By Education Dive
Substantial education reform in urban public schools has been on a hamster wheel since the late 1980s, and the shortcomings are still evident. This assessment serves as an observation and not as a criticism. Providing greater autonomy to public schools in urban communities is critical to both strengthening valuable social-emotional skills and improving student achievement outcomes for all students — but especially minority learners.

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