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Kansas City Education News

New school bus company for KCPS searching for drivers

by Andres Gueierrez,  41 Action News

First Student buses continue to roll out of an east Kansas City lot, but their days transporting Kansas City Public Schools students are numbered.  On Friday, First Student sent a letter to the state of Missouri and Kansas City Mayor Sly James, informing them that the company would be leaving its facility at 6400 E. 35th St. by the end of June.

KCPS Honors Staff at 2019 Retirement, Service and Excellence in Education Awards

By Ray Weikal, KCPS Communications

Kansas City Public Schools hosted its 2019 Retirement, Service and Excellence in Education Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 9 at Union Station.  The theme of this year’s event was, “Reign of Unity.” KCPS has hosted the banquet for several years to honor the contributions of longtime, loyal employees, plus those who are retiring. This marks the first year that the Excellence in Education Awards were added to the event.

National Education News

Perry Preschool study shows early ed benefits extend to participants’ children, siblings

By Education Dive

Now in their mid-50s, participants in the original Perry Preschool Project have provided more stable home lives for their children — especially boys — than those who weren’t part of the Ypsilanti, Michigan, demonstration program in the 1960s.  Their children were significantly more likely than those in the comparison group to complete high school without being suspended, to never be addicted or arrested, and to have full-time jobs or be self-employed, according to a new intergenerational analysis from Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman of the University of Chicago.

Study: School segregation persists 65 years after Brown decision

By Amelia Harper, Education Dive

  • A new report from the The Civil Rights Project declares there is “no cause for celebration” 65 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, as racial segregation persists even after decades of effort to resolve the issue, continuing to threaten progress and erode the cohesiveness of the nation, The Civil Rights Project announcedlast week.
  • Among its findings, the report details the shifting makeup of public school enrollment over the past 65 years, with white students for the first time representing less than half the nation’s school population at 48.4%, Latinos following at 26.3%, black students at 15.2% and Asians at 5.5%. Other key findings detail the changing nature of suburbs and the fact that segregation has intensified despite greater diversity.

Limited Impact So Far From ESSA’s School-Spending Data

Figures on school spending yet to grab public attention

By Daarel Burnette II, Education Week

School district leaders in 2016 were seemingly apocalyptic once they realized that a tiny provision buried in the Every Student Succeeds Act would by summer 2020 require them to report to the public how they divvy up funds among their schools.  Putting a big spotlight on school-level-spending amounts—rather than the more general, but widely known districtwide per-pupil averages—would pit school communities against each other, they warned, confuse people about what drives education costs, and fuel those who argue districts don’t spend enough in the classroom.

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