Kansas City Area Education News
By Stephen Koranda, KCUR
Education officials in Kansas are taking a two-pronged approach to reducing teacher shortages: raising pay and fast-tracking teaching assistants and other professionals to the front of the classroom. Last year, Kansas schools had more than 600 vacant positions. Many of the openings were concentrated in rural areas and the state’s most urban districts. Low pay has been blamed for much of the trouble attracting and retaining teachers. But education officials believe they have an opportunity to tackle that with the recent boosts to state funding.
Missouri Education News
By Joyce Miller, Lakenews online
Twenty-one years ago, Nancy Masterson decided to get involved. As a former teacher and a mom with 3 kids in school, she decided to take a chance and run for the Camdenton School Board. She was interested in education and with 3 kids in school, felt she could make a difference. Working with the school district seemed like the perfect fit for her and one that would allow her to tap into her skills as the superintendent at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Masterson is now taking what she has learned in her 2 decades of service to the state level. Masterson has been elected to the vice-president’s seat on the governing board of the Missouri State School Board Association. “During the 21 years I have been on the Camdenton School Board, I have gained a very good understanding of the issues facing school board members who are elected to govern a school district.
By KRMS Newsroom
State Fair Community College is one of the best in the state. That’s according to a recent report from education research publishers SR Education Group. The list specifically ranks schools with online offerings. Rankings are based on several criteria, including retention rates, graduation rates, percentage of online enrollment, and the number of associate degrees offered. North Central Missouri College was named the number one best online community college. State Fair is #2. Ozarks Technical Community College was ranked fourth.
strong>National Education News
By Education Week
A Wichita-area high school is operating one of the largest privately-owned solar power systems in Kansas and hopes to generate enough energy in one day to power the school for a month. Maize High School on Tuesday switched on a 240-kilowatt system, which has 720 solar panels, is 400 feet long and 75 feet wide, and is next to the school, The Wichita Eagle reported. Science teacher Stan Bergkamp pushed for the project, in part to react to the threat of climate change. He estimates that once the system is paid for; it will save the school $3,200…
By Evie Blad, Education Week
When adults don’t pay their electric bills, the power company responds by turning out the lights. But when students show up to school with unpaid lunch bills, cafeteria workers struggle to respond in a way that doesn’t hurt or stigmatize a child. Some serve “alternative meals,” like cheese sandwiches, to students with negative balances beyond a certain threshold. Some refuse to serve meals at all if an account is too far in the red. The strategy, called “lunch shaming” by child hunger groups, has been the subject of state laws, a proposed federal bill that would ban it, and—most recently—proposals by Democratic presidential candidates. But school nutrition directors say that the issue is more complicated than some people may realize, and that it’s not always poverty that leads to overdrawn lunch accounts.
By Daarel Burnette II, Education Week
The most remarkable thing about the recent wave of teacher strikes may be the widespread public support for something that’s ultimately going to put a squeeze on the taxpayer’s wallet. Parents have skipped work to march with teachers seeking higher pay and higher spending on schools. Politicians have tweeted selfies standing in solidarity with the strikers. And at least four 2020 presidential candidates have come up with elaborate plans to raise teachers’ pay by thousands of dollars. It’s a sharp contrast from the time less than a decade ago when local, state, and national politicians trying to recover…