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Kansas City Area Education News

What Led to Desegregation Busing—And Did It Work? (History stories)

After a 1954 ruling declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional, a decades-long effort to integrate them through busing was often met with violent protests.

by LESLEY KENNEDY

Equity in Education Drives KCPS Budget for 2019-2020

By Ray Weikal, KCPS Communications
Kansas City Public Schools will prioritize spending to enhance educational opportunities for students with the greatest need, according to the 2019-2020 fiscal year (FY20) budget approved on June 26 by the Board of Directors (School Board).

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Missouri budget includes more money for K-12 education; impact on Joplin Schools

By Gretchen Bolander, fourstates homepage.com
The state of Missouri plans to spend $29 billion in its 2020 budget. And that total includes more money for k through 12 education. $3.5 billion will go for public education kindergarten through high school. Statewide that’s an increase of about $60 million. Local school districts will use the increase for a number of projects.

National Education News

Middle schools beefing up career and technical ed labs

By Shawna De La Rosa, EducationDive

  • In an effort to expose students to more career and technical education opportunities, more middle schools are fortifying their technical labs to include tools students will encounter in the workplace and exposing students to potential career options as the job field continues to change, according to The Hechinger Report.

If a student is expected to select a career cluster path by the time they are in 8th grade, it makes sense to start exposing 6th-graders to all the potential career options available. But how young should this begin?

Some districts, including Kankakee School District in Illinois, are dipping career options information sticks all the way down into the pre-K level.

Ex-education secretary, 5 others held in Puerto Rico probe

By Mariela Santos, Associated Press
Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and five other people were arrested Wednesday on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said. The alleged fraud involves $15.5 million in federal funding between 2017 and 2019. Thirteen million was spent by the Department of Education during Keleher’s time as secretary while $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila was the director.

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