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Kansas City area Education News

KCPS hosts enrollment fair for new students

By Rae Daniel, 41 KSHB News

The Kansas City Public Schools district is hosting its enrollment fair for new students for the upcoming school year.  The fair runs through Thursday, July 18 at the Board of Education’s enrollment center.    Enrollment Director Garrett Webster said he expects to see high numbers in enrollment for this school year. “We’re expecting a lot,” Webster said. “We’re excited about our gains and our APR scores, getting our full accreditation points so we’re looking for students coming back home to Kansas City Public Schools.”

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Missouri school districts find savings with switch to propane buses

By Houston Herald
It’s never been easy to stretch education budgets. But a handful of Missouri schools have found a way to re-direct dollars from transportation into classrooms. They’ve done this by adopting propane school buses. These cleaner buses benefit the districts’ bottom lines as well as provide students, teachers and staff with a healthier environment by eliminating toxic diesel emissions that impact lung health and are identified as carcinogenic…More than 17,000 propane school buses are in operation today at more than 900 districts nationwide transporting about 1 million students. Those numbers are growing. For example, the transportation contractor serving Kansas City Public Schools will add about 150 propane school buses this fall. Other districts are taking advantage of state and private funding to replace aging diesel fleets with cleaner, lower-cost alternatives. The most common replacement to diesel buses has been propane.

National Education News

 

How the Trump Administration Is Falling Short on ESSA

By Megan Duff, Education Week

In a recent study of the ESSA planning process, our research team at Teachers College, Columbia University concluded the sausage-making process has veered off course. Compared to the previous federal education law, No Child Left Behind, the Every Student Succeeds Act limits the role of the U.S. secretary of education and increases state flexibility around school improvement and assessments. However, the U.S. Department of Education is still responsible for providing guidance, support, and corrective action to the states. Our analysis found the current administration is falling short of their end of the bargain.  1. The current administration is taking a laissez-faire approach to ESSA implementation. 2. The federal government is prioritizing some areas of ESSA over others.  3. States holding their ground are rewarded

Gaping Holes in How States Track K-12 Spending

By Daarewl Burnettew II, Education Week

Where, exactly, do those billions of dollars taxpayers annually spend for schools go?

In most states, policymakers really don’t know.  That’s because state education departments don’t have the technology to track the tens of thousands of transactions that district officials, using a combination of federal, state, and local dollars, make throughout the school year.

So instead, the departments give lawmakers a receipt that includes a summation of broad spending categories, a breakout of average salaries, and maybe a mention of whether spending is up or down.  This hazy picture, sometimes two to three years out of date, has frustrated both school funding advocates and conservative accountability hawks who say they can’t reform states’ K-12 spending if they’re not confident about where the money is going and assured that it’s being spent effectively.

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