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Kansas City Area Education News

This Couple Wants To Turn An Abandoned Kansas City Block Into A Vibrant Community

by Gina Kaufmann, KCUR 89.3

The night of his high school graduation, Daniel Edwards and his friends looked out at Kansas City from a fourth-floor window at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy on 21st and Woodland. They could see vacant property in every direction, and as they prepared to head off into the world, they joked about coming back as grown-ups to buy an empty block and start their own neighborhood.  That’s basically what Edwards and his wife Ebony are doing right now.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

School leaders discuss safety at conference in Springfield, Mo.

By Nikki Ogle, KY3 News

The Missouri School Board Association puts on the Safe Schools and Colleges Conference with its Center for Education Safety. This is the twelfth year for the conference, but the first time it was held in Springfield. “School safety isn’t just a school issue, it’s a community issue,” said Gerry Lee. Lee is the Associate Executive Director with the MSBA and leads the Center for Education Safety. He’s also a member of the Springfield Public Schools school board. He said collaboration is key when it comes to keeping kids safe. He said the conference is for “schools, board members, law enforcement, school resource officers, state agencies” and parents.

National Education News

School Police Operations to Get an Overhaul in Two Big-City Districts

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week
Two of the nation’s largest school districts are revising their approach to school policing, highlighting an ongoing, complex debate in these post-Parkland days: Do police belong in schools? When—and under what conditions—should they be used?  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio late last month announced the first revision in 20 years to the agreement between the city’s school district and police department. The new pact moves away from a so-called “zero tolerance” approach to one minimizing police intervention in schools, and the city is coupling it with a flood of social and mental-health resources meant to curb disruptions before they escalate.

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