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Kansas City area Education News

Kansas City Public Schools fighting teacher shortage with incentives

By Rebecca Crockett, 98.1 KMBZ Radio
There may be a nationwide teacher shortage, but there’s a few incentives to help fill the gap. It’s hitting harder in some areas more than others, specifically in science, math, and in special education. Monica Landess, talent acquisition and performance manager with Kansas City Public Schools says in order to fill those gaps, they’ve been working closely with Lincoln University in Jefferson City to get a grant established.

“We send our students down there. They’ll be going through an educational program with STEM, and then they’ll teach for us back here,” explains Landess. She says there in a high poverty district that offers incentives to teachers. Because they’re a title one district, if they work for the school for fiver years they qualify for the loan forgiveness program.

Exchange City Might Be Gone, But Kansas City Kids Still Take Field Trips To Run Their Own Businesses

By Elle Moxley, KCUR 89.3
If you grew up in suburban Kansas City in the 1990s, you probably remember taking a field trip to Exchange City or the Blue Springs School of Economics, simulated towns run entirely by 10-year-olds. Exchange City closed years ago, but the Blue Springs program still teaches 12,000 elementary students a year about money, scarcity, opportunity cost and supply and demand. And next month, the School of Economics is opening a new downtown location in the UMB bank building.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Gun seized from backpack of student at Springfield school

By Education Week
Authorities have confiscated an unloaded handgun from the backpack of a student at a Springfield high school. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the weapon was seized Tuesday after officials at Kickapoo High School received a tip. Springfield school district spokesman Stephen Hall says the student had no ammunition, and the weapon wasn’t presented in a “threatening manner.” He said he had no information about why the student had the weapon at school. An investigation is ongoing.

National Education News

Charter parents express greater satisfaction with schools

By Linda Jacobson,  Education Dive

While the study adds another layer to the many ways researchers are comparing traditional and charter schools, Oberfield also addresses what he calls a charter school debate that “often devolves into caricature and hardline position taking,” noting the research overall on whether charter schools are different or better than traditional schools is mixed.

The Student Vaping Crisis: How Schools Are Fighting Back

By Denisa Superville, Education Week

With reports of at least one death linked to vaping and dozens of cases of teens and young adults recently hospitalized, school leaders are starting the new academic year even more anxious about the “epidemic” of e-cigarettes. They are vowing to intensify prevention and treatment.  Many administrators were caught flat-footed as the vaping trend started to take off several years ago—including stealth use of the sleek products in class—and tried to stem the problem with a hodgepodge of approaches, from strict zero-tolerance policies that came with mandatory suspensions for students caught vaping or with vaping paraphernalia on campus, to programs that teach high school and middle school students the dangers of vaping.

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