August 30, 2019


Kansas City area Education News

Shortage forces KC-area districts to put more unqualified teachers in classrooms

By Mara Rose Williams, KC Star
As the new school year gets underway, a critical shortage of teachers has districts taking some desperate measures to fill vacancies. They’ve been rehiring retired teachers, training counselors and coaches to teach and even putting…

Missouri/Kansas Education News

New Missouri law aims to prevent sex offenders from volunteering at schools

By Mara Rose Williams, KC Star
A new state law goes into effect on Wednesday requiring that volunteers at all Missouri schools first undergo a full criminal background check.

But most Kansas City-area districts already require such checks.

The law comes a year after state Auditor Nicole Galloway looked at Missouri’s sexual offender registration program and discovered that background checks were mandatory for school employees, but not volunteers.

National Education News

Invest in census outreach for the sake of all kindergarteners

By The Hill

Across the county, parents have dropped off their 5-year-old children for their first day of school. Unbeknownst to these young minds, and perhaps their parents, the educational opportunities they enjoy between now and their sophomore year of high school will be profoundly shaped by the 2020 census.