December 20, 2019


Kansas City Education News

After Compromise With Kansas City Schools, Waddell & Reed Will Get Fewer Tax Breaks To Move Downtown


Kansas City officials agreed to a scaled-back tax incentive package Thursday for financial services firm Waddell & Reed to build a new $140 million headquarters in downtown.  It’s the second time in recent months the Kansas City Council has been able to renegotiate fewer incentives, and a sign it may approach economic development deals with higher scrutiny than councils in the past. The council also took action Thursday to curb the ability of the Kansas City Port Authority to grant incentives.  Public schools, as well as the Kansas City Public Library and the county mental health services fund, rely on property taxes for a significant portion of their revenue and had been opposed to the incentive package until Thursday.

Missouri Education News

Attendance Issues Become Problematic for Kansas City Schools

By Associated Press, U.S. News and World Reports

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell concedes he’s not sure what it’s going to take to improve attendance.


Calendar scrambled for St. Louis area schools after snow and new state law

By Blythe Bernard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Just as a new state law forced school districts across Missouri to upend their 2020-2021 calendars, a snowstorm blew through to derail this year’s schedule.  Under the law signed in July by Gov. Mike Parson, public schools cannot start their fall semester more than 14 calendar days before the first Monday in September starting in 2020. The move was opposed by school leaders but pushed by the tourism industry, which covets the extra vacation days in August. Most districts have had to adjust their future calendars for the later start dates, which for many has meant pushing semester exams to January after the winter break.

National Education News

Principal Turnover Is a Problem. New Data Could Help Districts Combat It

By Denisa Superville, Education Week

Nearly half of new principals leave their schools after three years, and nearly 20 percent leave every year. Those rates sound alarming, perhaps, but do they tell the whole story of principal turnover in the nation’s schools? Does it matter why principals are leaving and where they are going? Yes, because districts and states invest millions of dollars on preparing and hiring new principals every year. Principals are second only to teachers when it comes to the impact on student achievement in school.