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Kansas City Area Education News

Choose Your Own Adventure: K-12 Educational Options Aren’t Just For The Elite Any More

By Mike McShane, Forbes
The Miami-Dade school district on the southeastern tip of Florida is America’s fourth-largest school district. It enrolls almost 350,000 students, more than many states…Miami is not alone in seeing a majority of students attending schools of choice. In the Kansas City school district, when you take into account all of the children attending public charter schools and the substantial population of students taking advantage of magnet-like “Signature” schools, the number tops 60%.

Kansas City school psychologist recognized for her work on a state level

By Rae Daniel, 41 KSHB News

A Center School District School psychologist is being recognized for her work on the state level.  Karah Chapman was awarded 2018-2019 Missouri School Psychologist of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Psychologists.  Chapman said she was very humbled by the award.

Missouri Education News

Missouri Teachers Say Pay Is Biggest Reason They Quit

By RYAN DELANEY, The Gateway

Low pay is the top reason teachers leave the classroom, a new survey of Missouri public school educators found. The state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asked 6,000 teachers, principals and administrators what makes them keep teaching and what makes them quit. The results were shared at Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting.

Missouri extends special oversight of Riverview Gardens School District through 2022

By Blyther Bernhard, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A special administrative board will continue to oversee the Riverview Gardens School District in north St. Louis County through June 2022, the Missouri Board of Education voted Tuesday. The state board also appointed Mary Oswald to the special administrative board to replace original member Mark Tranel, who is retiring. Oswald is a retired teacher and former member of the elected Riverview Gardens School Board. Riverview Gardens lost its state accreditation in 2007 following poor academic and financial performance. The special administrative board took over in 2010.

National Education News

65 Years After ‘Brown v. Board,’ Where Are All the Black Educators?

By Madeline Will, Education Week

Sixty-five years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.

That decision for the first time afforded black children access to the same educational opportunities as white children. Although many schools remain de facto racially segregated today, the decision is still heralded as one of the country’s most significant milestones for civil rights.

In Georgia, a Surprise School-Recess Fight

By Haisten Willis, U.S. News

Democratic lawmaker and chief sponsor of a bill that would have mandated recess in Georgia elementary schools says he was caught off guard by Gov. Brian Kemp’s veto of the measure late last week, but that the legislative fight for him isn’t over.  “I’m not a quitter and I’m going to keep trying,” state Rep. Demetrius Douglas says. “This is about the wellness of our kids. We shouldn’t have kids who are obese taking the same medicines their grandparents take. I’m appalled that (Kemp) doesn’t share the same concerns about our youth as everyone else. They are our future.”

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