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Kansas City Area Education News

KCPS ramps up advertising in effort to recruit more students

by Dia Wall,  41 News

It’s tough to drive anywhere in Kansas City, Missouri, without seeing a billboard for Kansas City Public Schools.

Starting in 2016, the district began allocating more money to advertising through a new strategic plan.

“Get out and put some billboards up and promote what we were trying to do in the school district through radio stations, newspapers and even mailers that went home to families,” Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell said. “Charters, in my opinion, they do a tremendous amount of advertising and I think that was a big reason why our board of directors, along with myself and the team, felt that we needed to do a better job. Because it is a very competitive market.”

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Warrensburg school buses score 97% in state inspections

By DSJ Now.com
Almost 12,000 school buses across across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division’s 2019 annual school bus inspection program. Of all buses inspected, 89.3% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted. With all but one of the 35 buses the Warrensburg School District presented to the Missouri State Highway Patrol passing inspection, the local district received a 97.1% approval rating in this year’s annual school bus inspection.

National Education News

Union Budget 2019: National Education Policy 2019 seeks to address challenges of access, quality in current system

By First Post
The Draft National Education Policy 2019 proposes an education policy, which seeks to address the challenges of access, equity, quality, affordability, and accountability faced by the current education system. The draft Policy provides for reforms at all levels of education from school to higher education. It seeks to increase the focus on early childhood care, reform the current exam system.

Helping Teenagers Feel ‘Connected’ to School Yields Benefits 20 Years Later

By Sarah Sparks, Education Week
Adolescents can be challenging for educators to keep engaged—but putting in the effort to make them feel connected to school can pay off well into adulthood.  In a study published this morning in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked more than 14,000 middle and high school students over 20 years. They found that students who felt connected to their school and family as adolescents grew up safer and with better mental health than those who were disconnected as teenagers. Connected adolescents were less than half as likely be the victims of physical violence, to use illicit drugs, or to be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease by their 20s or 30s, a significant decline in risk.

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