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Kansas City Area Education News

A Decades-Old Tax Question Resurfaces About Kansas City Schools

By Tammy Worth & Mike Sherry, Flatland

Earl Fleer is nearly 80 years old now, and he lives about a dozen miles south of his hometown of Hermann, Missouri. But some months back, when he came across an online prompt for our curiousKC reporting initiative, his mind drifted back to his days as a public information officer in the mid-1970s for the Kansas City, Missouri, school district, which is now known as Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS). Fleer came to the district after the superintendent recruited him away from his broadcast news reporting job here in town.  One of his roles at the school district was to help do research during the early stages of the historic desegregation case that ran from 1977 until 2003. One of the key flashpoints leading up to that court battle was the refusal of the majority-white voters to approve a tax increase for what was becoming an increasingly minority student population.

State education board ignites anti-vaping campaign in Kansas public schools

By Tim  Carpenter,  CJ online
The Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an anti-vaping campaign through the public schools in response to a level of electronic-cigarette usage among minors that appears to have reached epidemic proportions.  The effort to systematically curtail student interest in e-cigarettes beginning with the 2019-2020 school year ought to be broad enough to feature outreach to school staff, parents and the general public. Local school boards need to amend student codes of conduct and district disciplinary policy to outline sanctions for those caught vaping.

Missouri Education News

3 Missouri schools to receive state-of-the-art fitness centers

By Kyle Hunter, KFVS 12

Three schools in Missouri have been selected to receive state-of-the-art DON’T QUIT! fitness centers.  This announcement was made along with the National Foundations of Governors’ Fitness Council (NFDFC) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These fitness centers, valued at $100,000.

The three schools are:

· Neosho Middle School (Neosho School District)

· West County Middle School (West St. Francois Co. R-IV)

· Premier Charter School (St. Louis)

State School Board Denies Riverview Gardens’ Appeal For Full Accreditation

By Ryan Delaney and Elle Moxley,  St. Louis Public Radio

Riverview Gardens will remain a provisionally accredited school district, after the Missouri State Board of Education declined to vote on its petition for full accreditation.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had recommended that the board deny the request because the district didn’t score enough points on its annual performance report for full accreditation.

National Education News

Money, Data, Security: The Biggest Challenges Facing K-12 Tech Leaders

By Benjamin Herold, Education Week

The biggest challenges facing today’s K-12 technology leaders are no real mystery.  School technology chiefs are worried about cybersecurity. They have limited budgets, which have to be stretched to manage a flood of new devices, software, and apps. And they’re focused on how all that new technology and data can support schools’ bottom line: good classroom instruction.

New education policy misses a critical chance to address inequalities in system

By Anjela Taneja, Livemint

The draft National Education Policy (NEP), 2019, is full of provisions that many in the education sector have been desperate to see for decades. The conferring of the Right to Education to children under six and above 14, doubling of the overall financial allocation to education and strengthening the teaching profession bring cheer. However, many of the policy’s omissions and contradictions, combined with the previous track record of central and state governments in implementing existing education policies, diminish this hope.

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