May 13, 2019


Kansas City Education News

Data: Kansas City’s schools are segregated, costly

By KCTV5 News

The Kansas City district has found that its public and charter schools are increasingly racially segregated, expensive to operate and losing high school students.  KCUR-FM reports the district released new analysis showing that 78% of schools in the Kansas City system were racially segregated by 2017, well over the 32% of schools in 1999.  The report says it’s in part due to white families opting out of the system. Only 10% of the city’s public school students are white.

First Student bus company announces mass layoff after losing KCPS contract

By 41 Action News

Kansas City Public Schools’ decision to end its transportation agreement with First Student, effective for the 2019-20 school year, prompted the company to announce a potential mass layoff.  The school approved a new contract with Student Transportation of America in late February.

From Never Wanting Children To Early Childhood Advocate In Kansas City

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR 89.3

Setting children up for academic success is Annie Watson’s driving passion.  The Kansas City, Missouri, native is the director of early education and parent success at Turn the Page KC, a non-profit that aims to have all children reading at grade level by third grade.

National Education News

Pre-to-3: New certification recognizes strong early-childhood STEM programs

Leaders at AdvancED, the certification’s developer, want relevancy for classrooms serving infants and toddlers, not just those entering schools.

Linda Jacobson@lrj417,  Education Dive

This latest Pre-to-3 column highlights a new effort to recognize early learning programs with strong STEM programs and notes some of the obstacles standing in the way. Past installments of Pre-to-3 can be found hereResearch shows that a young child’s math skills strongly predict later academic achievement. “Developing STEM skills among our youngest learners is also an economic imperative in the United States,” according to a recent National Conference of State Legislatures article. “STEM jobs are projected to be increasingly in demand; with this sector growing by 17%  compared to 9.8% for all other occupations.”

School-based legal clinic addresses needs of Los Angeles immigrant families

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive

Almost 51 years ago, the son of an immigrant family shot and killed Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel, west of downtown Los Angeles. Today the complex of six community schools named for Kennedy — and occupying the same piece of land as the site of the assassination — houses a new legal clinic designed to assist families in the immigrant-dense communities of Koreatown and Pico-Union.