June 4, 2019


Kansas City Area Education News

First State of the Schools Leadership Breakfast celebrates recent KCPS success

By Northeast News

The first State of the Schools Leadership Breakfast, hosted by Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, was 8 a.m. May 30 at the Gallery Event Space. KCPS Education Foundation Director Nicole White said the Public Schools Education Foundation plans to host this event every year.  This event served as a celebration of KCPS’s successes throughout the past three years and as a fundraiser to allow stakeholders to invest in KCPS.  Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell gave the State of the Schools Address.

Kansas City Public Schools offering bus tours of schools to give parents a first-hand look

By Fox4kc.com

They were visiting two primary schools in Kansas City, African-Centered Preparatory Academy and Banneker Elementary. It’s part of a KCPS Bus Tour program that allows parents in the district to explore what their schools have to offer.  “We want the entire community to see that Kansas City Public Schools looks different, it looks better and there’s hope here for our students,” Parents As Teachers Program Supervisor Candace Cheatem said.  Parents get to meet principals and teachers. They also get a first-hand look at the school’s day-to-day activities.

Center schools superintendent resigns abruptly. District, board are mum on why

By Mara’ Rose Williams, KC Star

Center schools are looking for a new superintendent to lead the small south Kansas City district.  After four years on the job, Sharon K. Nibbelink resigned last week, leaving the district where she had spent almost her entire education career. Assistant Superintendent Michael Weishaar will serve as acting superintendent until someone is named to the job permanently.  District officials declined to comment on the reasons for Nibbelink’s resignation.

Missouri Education News

Teachers’ union seeks injunction in lawsuit over contract talks

By Roger McKinney, Columbia Daily Tribune
The Columbia Public Schools and its teachers’ unions filed competing motions late last week in their legal battle as a June 30 deadline approaches for the union to become certified under a state law.  The Columbia Board of Education on Monday scheduled a meeting at board President Helen Wade’s house for a closed session to discuss legal matters with its attorneys and employee negotiations.  The Columbia Missouri National Education, the Missouri National Education and CMNEA President Kathy Steinhoff in April filed a lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools alleging bad-faith bargaining during collective bargaining sessions, which ended without a negotiated agreement.

Missouri lawmakers approve funding increase for education budget

By Erin Sullivan, Fourstates hompage.com
Missouri lawmakers approve an increase in funding for K-12 and higher education in the 2020 state budget.  The School Foundation Formula is fully funded for the third year in a row. That includes nearly $6.3 billion dollars for elementary and secondary education. Plus, a $10-million increase for school transportation. Higher education is also allocated more than $1.3 billion.

National Education News

Black Students in Charter Schools Are More Likely to Have Black Teachers

By Madeline Will, Education Week

Black students in charter schools are more likely to have black teachers than their peers in traditional public schools, which can lead to academic gains in math, a new study shows.  The study published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning think tank that also authorizes charter schools in Ohio, examined data from grades 3 to 5 in North Carolina’s traditional and charter public schools, from 2006-07 through 2012-13.   The findings show that traditional public schools and charter schools serve the same proportion of black students, but charter schools have about 35 percent more black teachers. Black students in charter schools are more than 50 percent more likely to have at least one black teacher than their counterparts in traditional public schools, while white students are equally likely to have at least white teacher in both types of schools.