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Kansas City Education News

Call For Design Concepts For KC Area Middle And High School Artists

By Lee’s Summit Tribune

Our #ZeroReasonsWhy partner organization AT&T/Believe Kansas City, is collaborating with InterUrban ArtHouse and Art As Mentorship to announce a call for design concepts for murals that inspire HOPE & HEALING. The call for design concepts is for Kansas City area middle and high school artists in eight counties in Kansas (Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglas, Leavenworth) and in Missouri (Clay, Jackson, Platte, Cass). A selection committee will award 8 finalists $250. Finalists’ designs will be available for middle and high schools in the eight-county eligibility area to select their favorite and order for display in their building as banners… If they are interested, they need to register their intent to participate by 12/15/2019. The deadline for Artwork Delivery is by 1/15/2020.

Kansas City Schools’ Own Audit Found The District Was Sloppy About Tracking Attendance

By Aviva Okeson-Haberman, KCUR.org 11/27/19

The Kansas City Public Schools district didn’t consistently check on chronically absent students, improperly used out of school suspension practices and didn’t effectively train employees on state attendance rules last year, according to a June 2019 internal attendance audit obtained by KCUR through a records request.  “The widespread nature of data irregularities and questionable attendance practices demonstrates, at the very least, a lack of inconsistency in oversight by the District administration over attendance reporting,” the report found.  KCPS has made changes as a result of both the internal report and a subsequent external investigation, including revising training, standardizing attendance documentation across the district and creating an attendance standard operating procedure, according to a KCPS news release. The district also has dedicated a full-time employee to attendance, according to a district spokeswoman.

KCPS addresses inaccurate attendance data

By Elizabeth Orosco, Northeast News 11/27/19

An investigation into this incident was launched after a former KCPS employee reported allegations of falsification of student attendance to the Department of Elementary of Secondary Education (DESE) in January 2019. A month later, DESE then met with KCPS to discuss the allegations.

The year in question was the 2015-2016 school year, but Dr. Bedell and the board thought it best that the investigation include school years 2013 into the present, including years that he was superintendent.

In April 2019, an internal KCPS meeting was held to review the investigation, in which KCPS leaders decided to move the investigation outside of the district and hire a data forensics company.

Missouri Education News

Missouri Teachers Are Schooling Students On Climate Change Even Though It’s Not Required

By KBIA 91.3 Radio

With the impacts of climate change becoming more visible, scientists and teachers across the nation are working out how to teach about the topic in the nation’s classrooms.  Teachers in Missouri are using real-world issues and collaboration to help their students understand the science of climate change and the effect it could have on local communities.  “I think because our current environmental movement is very much led by teenagers, students are very excited about it,” said Jen Lacy, an environmental science teacher at Crossroads Preparatory Academy.

JC Schools score below average on APR science

The Jefferson City School District’s science scores from the Missouri School Improvement Program’s Annual Performance Report for the 2018-19 school year were slightly below state averages.

by Danisha Hogue Nov. 29, 2019 @ 10:40pm

The Jefferson City School District’s science scores from the Missouri School Improvement Program’s Annual Performance Report for the 2018-19 school year were slightly below state averages. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released science data Monday. DESE administers assessments to non-charter public schools to measure progress and accreditation. Scores for academic achievement in English, math, college and career readiness, attendance and graduation rates were released in October.

New group works to provide resources, end violence

By Ashley Eddy,  13KRCG

Following recent violence in Columbia, a group called Boone County Community Against Violence has been formed.  The group was founded by Shaunda Hamilton who lost her daughter Nadria Wright back in September, after she was shot and killed.  Hamilton said she started the group to help others through what she went through. “Just kind of going through that process of the grieving portion of the funeral and all of that, I saw that there were a lot of missing pieces for people who were going through grieving and I just wanted to help other people be able to get through those processes,” Hamilton said.

National Education News

Nearly 200,000 Florida students could lose free school lunch under rule changes

By Lautaro Grinspan, Miami Herald

Nearly 200,000 children across Florida could lose their automatic access to free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that would limit the number of people enrolled in the federal food stamps program, formally known as SNAP. The proposal — first announced in July by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — would restrict SNAP enrollment by taking away states’ ability to tweak some income and asset limits for households that receive both food stamps and other welfare benefits.

Pointilism in 1st Grade? Teachers Use Unfamiliar Lessons to Mine for Giftedness

By Sara Sparks, Education Week

2The number of gifted students identified at the school has risen from 22 when the project started in 2015 to 39 in 2017. Districtwide, more than 9 out of 10 students who have been identified as gifted under the program qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. It’s a hopeful sign for Jefferson County, which like many districts has been working to expand the number and diversity of academically gifted children it serves. In a nationally representative survey by the Education Week Research Center, 58 percent of gifted educators reported that students in poverty were underrepresented in their programs—higher than the percentage who reported service gaps for students with disabilities.

Denver after-school program receives $1.5M from marijuana tax revenue

By Shawna De La Rosa,  EducationDive.com

  • The Denver Afterschool Alliance receives $1.5 million a year from the city’s collected marijuana tax revenue, Chalkbeat reports, with the city last year collecting a reported $46 million in such revenues overall.
  • The additional funds have allowed for more after-school and summer learning programs, as well as expansion into underserved neighborhoods by providing more training for staff.
  • Part of the funds were also used to create a curriculum around marijuana use, including its negative effects, myths and legal age of recreational use, with the goal of informing students of the risks and dangers associated with marijuana around the age that many try the substance for the first time.

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