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Kansas City area Education News

KCPS to Host Enrollment Fair for New Students

By Ray Weikal, KCPS Communications

Kansas City Public Schools is hosting its 2019 Enrollment Fair for new students from Monday, July 15 through Thursday, July 18 at the Board of Education building, which is located at 2901 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.  The fair will feature extended hours and extra support for families who want to enroll new students in one of the excellent Neighborhood and Signature School options within the KCPS system. The KCPS Enrollment Center will be hosting the fair during the following times and dates:

·        8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 15

·        7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 16

·        8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17

·        7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18

It is strongly recommended that parents and guardians who live within the KCPS boundaries enroll new students during the 2019 Enrollment Fair. The deadline to guarantee bus transportation for new students during the first week of school is July 18. The first day of school will be Monday, Aug. 12.

KCPS holding enrollment fair through Thursday

By Matt Evans, KMBC 9 News – video
It’s hard to believe, but in less than a month kids in Kansas City will be going back to school.  That means parents are starting to knock out a long list of to-dos, including getting kids enrolled in school. That’s why Kansas City Public Schools have opened an enrollment fair this week.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Unhealthy food options surrounding high schools in eastern Jackson Co. could contribute to obesity

By Charlie Keegan, 41 Action News
Students attending public high schools in Jackson County, Missouri, have more unhealthy food options surrounding their schools than healthy ones. A study from the Jackson County Health Department suggests the amount of fast food restaurants around those schools could be contributing to teenage obesity. Researchers said the 12.7 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 in Missouri are obese. And the number of high school students considered obese has nearly doubled since 1999.

National Education News

Bringing back retired teachers offers benefits, challenges

By Christina Vercelletto, Education Dive
The Chicago Teachers Union saw a victory this past spring when Illinois legislators increased the number of days retired teachers can substitute teach without losing pension benefits by 20%, from 100 days a year to 120.  The state is also extending through 2021 a law that lets retired teachers go back to teaching for a full school year without the usual “return to work” restrictions, such as the “post-retirement” work limit of 120 days or 600 hours. The caveat, though, is that the teaching job must be in a district specifically determined by the regional superintendent to have a shortage in the subject area the retiree will be teaching. District leaders also see such policies as one strategy for addressing vacancies.

Pre-to-3: Former Georgia pre-K students score higher than peers at 3rd grade

By EducationDive
Few states have as much experience with public pre-K as Georgia. The first to create a universal state-funded program — not restricted to low-income families or children facing other risks — the state created a model that has inspired other early education-focused policymakers across the country.

“A lot of states look to Georgia for how to set up a system and take it to scale,” said Susan Adams, deputy commissioner for pre-K and instructional support with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Student suspensions linked to further delinquency

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive

Analyzing responses from 6,876 12- to 18-year-olds, researchers find students suspended were more likely to report offenses such as assault, carrying a gun and theft.  Students who were suspended from school between ages 12 and 18 are significantly more likely to report that they committed later offenses, such as assault, carrying a gun, selling drugs or theft. And students who experience multiple suspensions report higher levels of delinquency, according to studyreleased Friday.

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