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Kansas City Education News

City Council reduces Waddell & Reed incentives, delays vote on HQ project

By Miranda Davis, KC Business Journal
Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. will have to wait another week before the Kansas City Council decides on millions in incentives the company could get for moving its headquarters less than 10 miles from Overland Park to Downtown.  On Thursday, the City Council passed an amendment lowering the total incentives it was considering for the new building and then delayed voting on the project at the request of Kansas City Public Schools. Officials from the district had requested additional time to meet with the developer and Waddell (NYSE: WDR) to potentially shrink the package more.  The council reduced a portion of the original $44 million incentive package the financial services firm was set to receive from the city. Those incentives are in addition to a $62 million package from Missouri. If the City Council had passed the incentives as originally requested, Waddell would have received more than $106 million for the plan to build a new $140 million headquarters and bring roughly 1,000 jobs from Overland Park.

Pressured by Kansas City schools, City Council trims Waddell & Reed incentives

By Allison Kite, Kevin Hardy and Mara Rose Williams, KC Star
Under pressure from school district officials, who mounted a public campaign against a massive tax incentive package for Waddell & Reed, the Kansas City Council on Thursday decided to hold off on a vote, allowing more time to negotiate with the project’s developers. Council members voted 10-3 for an amendment trimming $5 million from the $44 million local incentive package Waddell & Reed is seeking. The financial services firm is planning to move from Overland Park and build a new corporate headquarters at 14th Street and Baltimore Avenue in downtown Kansas City. Members then voted 10-3 in favor of delaying a final vote on the deal for one week. “It’s an improvement over the original incentive package,” said Shannon Jaax, director of planning and real estate services for Kansas City Public Schools.

Seg. 1: Education Inequality Endures | Seg. 2: Girls And Cybersecurity

By Steve Kraske, KCUR

Segment 1: Decades after desegregation, there remain students in the Kansas City area who are still not receiving a quality education. 

Education professor John Rury detailed the inequalities as they exist in urban and suburban school districts. As the Kansas City area expanded in the 1950s, wealth moved to the suburbs. The levels of poverty in many urban, black neighborhoods have remained in the 30-40 percentile. “This brings a whole host of issues that makes it very difficult for schools to function,” Rury said.

Segment 2, beginning at 24:57: Kansas City girls have new opportunities in the cybersecurity field.

The cybersecurity industry is expanding across the nation, Kansas City included. Jobs are projected to grow by the millions in coming years, but a significant demographic has been left out of the equation. WinS and Fishtech are two local groups demonstrating pathways for young women to enter the booming cybersecurity field.

Missouri Education News

Donation to Missouri State will aid Springfield schools

By Michael Brown, AP News

Missouri State University has received a $6.5 million donation that will be used to expand agriculture education for students in the Springfield public school district.  The Darr Family Foundation said Wednesday the donation will be used to add a small animal education facility and an agricultural magnet school at Missouri State’s Darr College of Agriculture, The Springfield News-Leader said.  The Springfield public school district will run the magnet school, which is expected to open in August 2021 and serve up to 150 students, likely in grades 4-6.  The money will be donated over five years starting with $2 million this month.

New report shows how much Missouri schools spend per student

By Stephanie LaChance, KOMU

Parents are now able to see exactly how much Missouri schools are spending on their children, as part of a report released Thursday. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a report with information on Building Level Per-Pupil Expenditures. Parents are able to see what schools in each district are spending per student, instead of just an overview of what the district is spending. The report shows that among Columbia’s 32 public schools, the spending ranges from around $6,500 to $14,000 per student.  According to DESE’s press release, expenditures vary for a variety of reasons. DESE said it can range due to “the needs of the students in that school and the programs facilitated at that building,” as well as “the experience and education, and therefore the salaries of staff members in that school, as well as the cost of living associated with that geographical area.”

National Education News

Schools ramp up efforts to prevent, reduce impact of adverse childhood experiences

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive.com

Called Resilience in School Environments, the effort is part of the Thriving Schools program at Kaiser Permanente, which 20 years ago took part in the landmark study on the issue with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost two-thirds of participants in the study reported at least one experience of abuse, neglect or household dysfunction before age 18, and more than one in five reported three or more ACEs. (Click the link to see more resources for student and staff health)

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