January 21, 2020


Kansas City Area Schools

NKC Schools superintendent’s Twitter account hacked

By 41 Action News

The North Kansas City Schools superintendent’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday. Superintendent Daniel Clemens posted Monday night that he was hacked “for a brief time” and has reported the issue to Twitter. He also noted that the school district will have classes tomorrow.

Kalamazoo Public Schools officials name candidates for next superintendent

By Michael Kransz,  MLive.com

The Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education has narrowed the candidate field for the district’s next superintendent from about 36 people to six. The board on Monday, Jan. 20, identified the six candidates. The candidates will face two public interviews as well as background and reference checks…Darrin Slade, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of school leadership at Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, Missouri: “Holding two master’s degrees in education and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy, Dr. Slade brings more than 28 years of experience in education. Slade’s past roles include time as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal.”

Missouri Education News

What you need to know about Parson’s proposed K-12 schools budget

By Alisa Nelson, Missourinet

Gov. Mike Parson is proposing $3.56 billion in base funding for Missouri’s K-12 public schools – a $10 million increase compared to the current fiscal year. Under Parson’s requested state budget that begins in July, the amount would fully fund the formula used to finance the state’s 518 public school districts. Parson’s budget outline calls for $117 million to bus kids to and from school. The requested amount is $10 million more than the current year’s school transportation budget. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is about $185 million short of full transportation funding and it has been trying to close the gap by asking for an increase over a multi-year period. During last week’s State of the State address, Parson said he also wants the state to expand access to virtual education for high school students and those who are home schooled. He wants to pump an extra $500,000 into the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Programs next fiscal year for the statewide expansion of an online learning platform.

National Education News

Trump To Reinforce Protections For Prayer In Schools

By Franco Ordonez,  NPR

President Trump will use the power of his office to empower students who want to pray in their schools — and remind public schools they risk losing federal funds if they violate their students’ rights to religious expression. He will host a group of students from Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths in the Oval Office to commemorate National Religious Freedom Day on Thursday. Each of them has suffered discrimination for practicing their religion at school, officials said. In an exclusive interview with NPR, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan said existing provisions to protect school prayer established under the No Child Left Behind law have been eroded over time with a hostility to religion and religious institutions.

Long History Underlies Fight Over Religious-School Funding

By Mark Walsh, Education Week

Twenty years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas issued a call to arms of sorts, in a case in which the court upheld the use of federal education aid to private religious schools for the loan of library books, computers, and other materials. “Opposition to aid to ‘sectarian’ schools acquired prominence in the 1870’s with Congress’s consideration (and near passage) of the Blaine Amendment, which would have amended the Constitution to bar any aid to sectarian institutions,” Thomas wrote in a plurality opinion in the 2000 case, Mitchell v. Helms. “Consideration of the amendment arose at a time of pervasive hostility to the Catholic Church and to Catholics in general, and it was an open secret that ‘sectarian’ was code for ‘Catholic.’ ” On Jan. 22, the Supreme Court will take up a new case concerning government money that flows to private religious schools. In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue (Case No. 18-1195), the justices will consider whether Montana’s state constitutional provision barring aid to religious schools violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free exercise of religion.


By Warren Abrahamson,  News Dakota

The 10th Annual National School Choice week (NSCW) has been set for Sunday, January 26th through Saturday, February 1st. The goal of NSCW is to raise awareness of the K-12 education options available for families in communities all across the country. Andrew Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week. He says the week is held every January with the goal of empowering parents to choose schools for their children during the best time of the year to start the process of selecting a school.