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Kansas City Area Schools

KC considers allowing alcohol sales closer to schools. Districts are fighting back

By Cortlynn Stark, KC Star

Under Kansas City’s current law, the 7-Eleven just across the street from a Center School District grade school is prohibited from selling liquor. But that could change under a proposal City Council members are considering. And school officials and parents are worried. “Our number one priority, my number one priority, is the safety and welfare of children in our school district,” Ron Fritz, who has two children in the district, told council members at a hearing Wednesday.

KCK schools tackle ‘Mahomes Ketchup Challenge’

By 41 Action News

One Kansas City-area school district has issued a Patrick Mahomes-inspired challenge in support of the Chiefs. Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Superintendent Charles Foust issued the “Mahomes Ketchup Challenge” on Tuesday via social media. Foust ate a ketchup sandwich then challenged others in the district to do the same and share videos on social media, including the hashtag #MahomesKetchupChallenge. In less than 24 hours, New Stanley Elementary School teachers accepted along with a classroom full of kindergarteners.

Missouri Education News

Eureka High School deals with fallout from racist social media post

By Jenna Barnes, KSDK.com

EUREKA, Mo. — A racist social media post of girls in blackface is circulating at Eureka High School. The picture is captioned with a racial slur: “n—– babies.” “People who are outraged and hurt by the post are completely justified,” Eureka High School’s Associate Principal Jennifer Strauser said.

Strauser said staff spent time last week meeting with students who felt marginalized by the post and their families.

Educational Opportunities and Performance in Missouri

By Education Week< Based on a comprehensive analysis of data, the Quality Counts report card answers a key question: Where does my state rank for educational opportunities and performance? States are graded and ranked in three categories: Chance for Success (January), School Finance (June), and K-12 Achievement (September). A state’s overall grade, published in September, is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked for the report card. Chance for Success: Gauging Educational Opportunities   The EdWeek Research Center developed the Chance-for-Success Index to better understand the role that education plays in promoting positive outcomes across an individual’s lifetime. Based on an original state-by-state analysis, this index combines information from 13 indicators that span a person’s life from cradle to career. Those indicators fall into three sub-sections: early foundations, school years, and adult outcomes.

National Education News

Why Don’t Parents Always Choose the Best Schools?

By Arianna Prothero, Education Week

Give parents choice, and they’ll flock to the best schools. Those schools will then flourish, either forcing poorly performing ones to improve or edging them out entirely. The idea is appealing in its simplicity: Introduce competition into public education, and market pressure will improve schools more efficiently than the government ever could.

There’s also a compelling moral component to school choice: Freeing families from their zoned neighborhood schools can give low-income kids immediate access to higher-quality schools. School choice, many advocates argue, is not just a policy, it’s a right.

Students’ ‘Dream Jobs’ Out of Sync With Emerging Economy

By Sarah Sparks, Education Week
In the middle of the last century, the U.S.-Russia space race launched “astronaut” and “rocket scientist” as new “dream jobs” for a generation.

But since the start of this century, the career aspirations of teenagers have narrowed, not expanded, in spite of arguably equally dramatic technological and social changes. A new global study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds teenagers’ “dream jobs” today are nearly identical to those in 2000, and could leave many students at a disadvantage in the emerging economy.

The High Court Takes on School Choice

By Lauren Camera, U.S. News & World Report

WHEN THE SUPREME COURT hears oral arguments Wednesday concerning a decision by Montana’s Supreme Court to halt the operation of a tax credit scholarship program, the justices will face a debate that’s been roiling the nation for 200 years – namely, whether public funds can flow to religious schools. A decision either way is set to have seismic implications, not just for states and their public school systems but also for the fate of the Trump administration’s No.1 education priority: a $5 billion tax credit scholarship. It could also serve to cement the president in the good graces of his important evangelical Christian base ahead of the 2020 election, or not. “If this decision goes in a certain way it will be a virtual earthquake in terms of religious liberty and public education in this country,” says Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Florida education news: ‘Do not hire’ lists, new scholarships and a Blaine Amendment battle

By Jeffrey S. Solochek,  Tampa Bay Times

DO NOT HIRE: Folks used to derisively call it “passing the trash.” That was when a school system would let an employee quit in lieu of firing over a sometimes egregious act, leaving that worker free to take a job in a different unsuspecting district. Every so often, stories pop up about school employees committing acts of sexual misconduct against students. Too frequently, state lawmakers say, the cases involve someone who faced similar allegations in past jobs, yet was allowed to resign rather than face a formal firing and possible charges. That’s got to end, insists state Rep. Wyman Duggan, a Jacksonville Republican. For the second straight year, Duggan has proposed legislation (HB 883) that would create a list of school employees — including support staff — who have been denied certification, disqualified from owning a private school that receives state scholarship or voucher money, fired or resigned from a school because of sexual misconduct with a student, or otherwise disqualified from employment at a school.

At Michigan High School The Day Starts At 3 p.m. And Ends At 8 p.m.

By Kevin Lavery, NPR Radio

As most students at the school are leaving, a second wave trickles in. They’re part of a public school experiment: evening classes. The flex students are on the same track as their daytime peers.

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