February 7, 2020


Kansas City Area Schools

BLACK HISTORY MONTH — Education career brings Glenn Mitchell back home

By I.C. Murrell,  The News Port Arthur

A moment of rejection in the life of Glenn Mitchell led to an opportunity that opened the door for the seventh-year Memorial High School principal to build a long educational career. Shortly after Mitchell won the district 440-yard championship for Lincoln High School in 1966, the track and field coach at Lamar State College of Technology talked to the young Port Arthuran. “Ty Terrell was the big name around this area,” Mitchell said. “He was from Port Arthur. Gerald Williams was an all-state hurdler from Lincoln who went to Lamar. Gerald was all hype, saying: ‘Aw, man, you’ve got to come to Lamar. This will be great. We can get back together again because we were on the mile relay team together at Lincoln.” By Mitchell’s account, Williams wasn’t as enthusiastic about Mitchell, aside from offering his congratulations on the district title. “Just to my face, he told me, ‘Well, I don’t think I’m going to offer a scholarship at this time. He said to Mr. Clayton Clark, my track coach at the time: ‘It’s because Mitchell is kind of a clumsy runner. He’s kind of awkward.’ So, he took the guy who was third place.”

Hickman Mills School District superintendent announces resignation

By 41 Action News

The Hickman Mills School Board is looking for a new superintendent to lead the south Kansas City district. Dr. Yolanda Cargile announced her resignation Thursday after three years as superintendent. “After three years of serving as superintendent of the district where I grew up and graduated, I made the decision to pursue another opportunity to further my growth as an educational leader,” Smith said in a letter posted on the district’s website.

Kansas City eliminates ‘veto power’ that allows schools, churches to nix liquor sales

By Allison Kite,  KC Star

Kansas City schools and churches can no longer veto new liquor licenses under an ordinance the City Council passed Thursday. Previously, bars and restaurants could not open within 300 feet of a school or church without their consent. Now, those hoping to sell liquor will still need to get consent of the majority of surrounding property owners, but churches and schools won’t have the same outsized influence they do now.

Missouri Education News


By Tim Benson,  Hearland.org

Program Could Save Missouri School Districts Over $39 Million Per Year


Legislation introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives would create a program providing Missouri children with access to education savings accounts (ESA): the Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Program. With an ESA, state education funds allocated for a child are placed in a parent-controlled savings account. Parents then use a state-provided debit card to access the funds to pay for the resources chosen for their child’s unique educational program. Under the proposed program, ESAs could be used to pay for tuition and fees at private and parochial schools, as well as textbooks, tutoring services, computer hardware, summer education programs, and educational therapies.

National Education News

Study: Majority of students report negative feelings about high school

By Naaz Modan,  EducationDive.com

  • High school students experience mostly negative emotions toward school, with feeling tired among their biggest complaints, according to a new nationwide study by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Child Study Center.
  • Stress and boredom were also among the top reasons students felt negative toward school, according to the survey of 21,678 U.S. students.
  • But high school students also commonly experience positive feelings of happiness and excitement, though those were reported in much smaller percentages, and the researchers said neither of those feelings are linked to learning or achievement.

After Flint Water Crisis, Number Of Students With Special Education Needs Spikes

By Tonya Mosley, WBUR 90.9

More than a dozen families in Flint, Michigan, are suing the public school system, arguing their children were exposed to brain-damaging levels of lead during the water crisis six years ago. The parents say that exposure may have caused or exacerbated their children’s disability-related needs. These families will make their case in federal court this summer… This case is just one of several lawsuits against the Flint school system. The city’s rate of special education students has grown steadily since the water crisis began –– 28% of students are in special education programs, while the national average is about 13%.