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Kansas City area Education News

Kansas City’s new all-girls charter school opened its doors Monday

By Kelli Taylor, Maggie Holmes, KCTV 5

88 students came through the front doors of the Kansas City All Girls Preparatory Academy for the first time Monday. The young women will develop their voice through community, growth and freedom.  “I am ecstatic about this school. I am thankful for the opportunity that it came to the Kansas City area,” LaTeia Griffin, Mother, said. Griffin could have sent her daughter to any school, but she chose Kansas City All Girls Preparatory Academy or KCGPA. The school is part of a network of all girl’s schools across the country, founded by a Kansas City native Ann Tisch, with a 95% graduation rate and 100% college acceptance rate.

Renown Auto Tech program in NKC leading international students toward American dreams

By Sean McDowell, Fox 4 KC

The demand for auto mechanics is growing nationally. One metro school system is acquiring new students from everywhere — even internationally. The celebrated Automotive Technology program in the North Kansas City Schools district is using cars to bring people closer together, proof that the language of cars is universal.

They came to the United States for a better life and a rich education. When North Kansas City Schools leaders opened their Auto Tech program in 1981, they might not have imagined Dante Picon-Vargas and Aldin Mehinovic, who are both high school seniors.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Missouri Lottery News: Lottery Generates $27 Million in Monthly Profits for Education

By STL News

Profits from Missouri Lottery ticket sales in July were sent to the Lottery Proceeds Fund for public education today. The August transfer of $27,091,430 brings the total for FY20, which began July 1, to more than $51.8 million.  Prior to each fiscal year, the Lottery averages the most recent five years’ profits for a “benchmark” and increases that amount by 1 percent to arrive at a prudent goal for the next fiscal year.

National Education News

California district highlights post-disaster challenges

By Education Dive
School leaders need to prepare for the impact of natural disasters, but, in reality, they can never be fully prepared with the devastating impact these disasters cause. Disasters can come from many sources including hurricanes, hailstorms, and wildfires. Because many of these disasters tend to be hurricane-related, they also tend to be near the beginning of the school year when hurricane season is at its height, leaving school leaders to deal with the impact for the remainder of the year and, sometimes, for years to come.

Support for choice increases, but confusion over charters remains

By Education Dive

Americans express increasing support for school choice models often backed by Republicans, including vouchers to send low-income students to private schools and tax credits for donations to organizations that give private school scholarships, according to this year’s Education Next poll. But the findings also show that, compared to past years, more Americans are siding with teachers who go on strike, and they have favorable views of teachers unions — opinions more common among Democrats.

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