May 1, 2019


Kansas City Education News

Arts News: Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Celebrates 35 Years of Dance, Education and Commitment to Community

By Libby Hanssen, KC Studio

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, the second home of New York City-based Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, plays a major role in combining modern dance, arts education and social good in the Kansas City region.  The organization was formed to support the mission of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “at a time that was crucial to their survival, when Alvin came to Kansas City in 1984 to explore Kansas City jazz,” said Tyrone Aiken, chief artistic officer of KCFAA.

Brown v. Board of Education: Kansas Supreme Court nudges public schools toward equitable educational opportunity

By Tim Carpenter, Leavenworth Times

Decades of intervention by Kansas Supreme Court justices in the state’s public school system is harnessed to harsh reality that festering inequities in educational opportunity often divide wealthy and impoverished districts serving more than 450,000 children.

Missouri Education News

Journalism students in Missouri get protection in House bill, but it comes with warning for faculty

By Lexi Churchill,  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Missouri House approved legislation Tuesday designed to protect the free speech of students and student journalists.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed support for the proposed regulations that would largely bar schools from prior restraint and shield college journalists and their advisers from any disciplinary action as a result of their reporting.

National Education News

Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Teacher Salaries?

By Madeline Will, Education Week blog

There’s a $40,000 difference between what the average teacher in New York makes, and what the average teacher in Mississippi makes.   The National Education Associationhas released its annual analysis of teacher salaries.

Girls Outshine Boys on Federal Exam of Tech, Engineering Skills

by Benjamin Herold, Education Week

The country’s 8th graders improved their scores on a national technology and engineering exam, with girls significantly outpacing boys and most gains seen among higher-performing students.