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Kansas City Area Education News

Taxation without justification

By Northeast News

As the Jackson County Assessors’ statements continue to drop in mailboxes across the county, property owners are getting the shock of their lives upon opening the envelope to find out their property has increased in value, sometimes to the tune of over 500 percent…

…Twenty years ago, over 75,000 students attended Kansas City Public Schools. Now, that number stands at a little over 12,000, but we certainly don’t see a decrease in our tax amount.  For the record, given this new influx of cash, we’ll certainly be holding the district’s feet to the fire in terms of student performance.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Lee’s Summit school superintendent gets racist threats, under sheriff’s protection

BY MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS AND GLENN E. RICE, KC Star

Embattled Lee’s Summit school Superintendent Dennis Carpenter has been the target of threats after proposing racial equity training in the district, prompting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to assign a security detail to his home.

Sheriff Darryl Forté devised the plan to protect Carpenter and his family, even though the Lee’s Summit Police Department investigated the threats and said they were unfounded. No arrests were made.

National Education News

NATIONAL REPORT RANKS IDAHO NEAR THE BOTTOM IN EDUCATION

Idaho EdNews Staff

Idaho’s kids are doing O.K. in all fields but one: Education.

That’s according to new Kids Count data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which measures childhood wellbeing based on everything from health insurance coverage to test scores and teen birth rate.

A new dataset released Monday, ranks Idaho 18th for overall child wellbeing, based on data collected through 2017.

‘Privatization’ doesn’t make charter schools bad. It’s what makes them great.

By David Osborne, The Washington Post

When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently unveiled his education reform plan, it predictably castigated charter schools, claiming that they were “privatizing public schools.” Sanders joined a long line of leaders who tar charters with the privatization brush. Before, during and after the Los Angeles teachers strike last winter, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl did so repeatedly. “The charter school movement,” he declared, is “a vehicle for billionaires to privatize the system and undermine the public district.”

How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement

By Annie Waldman, Propublica

When the Walton Family Foundation announced in 2013 that it was donating $20 million to Teach For America to recruit and train nearly 4,000 teachers for low-income schools, its press release did not reveal the unusual terms for the grant.  Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities where charter schools were sprouting up, including New Orleans; Memphis, Tennessee; and Los Angeles.

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