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Kansas City Area Schools

Social Recap: Local Schools Show Their Chiefs’ Spirit Ahead of Postseason Run

By Matt McMullen,  Chiefs.com

The Kansas City Chiefs kick off the Divisional Round of the postseason on Sunday afternoon, and if these videos submitted by local schools are any indication, the Chiefs’ youngest fans are ready for some playoff football.

The Chiefs encouraged schools all over the metro to post videos showcasing their excitement on social media while promising one lucky school a Red Friday assembly featuring KC Wolf, Chiefs Ambassadors and the seven-foot-tall Patrick Mahomes bobblehead.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, which was selected as the winning school for the below video, also received a $2,500 grant from the Hunt Family Foundation as a reward for their immense spirit.

Here’s a look at the winning video.

KCPS launches Blueprint 2030 – framing our future

By KCPS – January 10, 2020

KCPS is embarking upon an engagement process that will capture how we approach the future of schools in our school district and community. This process of engaging our school district and community will be an opportunity to gather voices and participate in conversations that are important to the future of our schools.  What an opportunity to help shape and refine our plans for the future – an opportunity in which we invite all of our school and community stakeholders to participate.

 

Blueprint 2030 will define how KCPS should serve students in the future and the system-level changes we need to take to get there.

KCPS wants to ensure all children living within the school district boundaries have access to a quality Pre-K through 12 educational experience and graduate ready for college, career and life. KCPS has been making great strides in academic achievement, but we know that additional progress is needed to better serve all our students.

Missouri Education News

After racial tension, Lee’s Summit has 4 finalists for superintendent. All are white

By Mara Rose Williams, KC Star

After clashes over equity pushed Lee’s Summit’s first African American superintendent to resign last year, the school district now has four finalists who could replace him. All are white.  In addition, there isn’t one person of color in the district’s central office or on its school board. That has some parents concerned over the district’s commitment to diversity. “Obviously we would like to see more diversity among the finalists, but mostly what we want to see is someone who has had experience with diversity,” said Dana Duncan, who has a son in seventh grade. She said parents are concerned that the candidates come from districts far smaller and often less diverse than Lee’s Summit. “How can someone who has never dealt with a diverse community come in and read a district that is dealing with diversity concerns?” Duncan said. “This says to me that diversity is not a priority for the board. For this particular board I don’t think that it was ever a priority. And if they say it is, I believe it would have to be on the lowest rung.”

National Education News

Why the Feds Still Fall Short on Special Education Funding

By Evi Blad,  Education Week

When Congress passed a broad law on educating children with disabilities in 1975, it agreed to kick in federal dollars to help cover the excess costs of meeting students’ individual education needs. In the time since, federal funding for what’s now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has consistently fallen short of the target included in the law, leaving state and local officials on the hook. Education groups, who call that shortfall an unfulfilled promise, have long campaigned for “fully funding” IDEA, which underpins services for nearly 7 million students with disabilities. More federal funding for IDEA, which gets $13.6 billion in the current budget, would help special education programs, they say, but it would also more broadly affect all students as schools would no longer have to pull as much from their general education budgets to meet the law’s mandates.

How Many English-Learners Do Districts Serve? Data Are Inconsistent

By Debra Viadero, Education Week

Researchers rely on district-level English-learner data to craft reports and propose policy on the state and national level. The problem is that states may not always report the data the same way—and sometimes it goes missing. In at least 28 states, more than 1 in 5 districts have no information reported for the past three years of available data. Of the more than 6,600 districts that enrolled more than 1,000 students for the past ten years, 21.6 percent were missing ELL data for at least one of those years, according to an Education Week analysis of the federal database known as the Common Core of Data. The nation’s 13,500 school districts are required to report those numbers annually to their state departments of education, which then provide the data to the National Center for Education Statistics, the keeper of the Common Core of Data.

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