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Kansas City Area Education News

Lee’s Summit board leader sorry she equated life as a blonde to racial oppression

By Mara Rose Williams, KC Star

Lee’s Summit school board president Julie Doane apologized on Monday to the school district and community for racially related statements she made at a meeting Thursday. “I would like to apologize for my comments at the Board of Education meeting last week,” Doane wrote in a new electronic newsletter called “From the Dais,” detailing votes and other communications from the district governing body.

Seg. 1: KCPS Data Anaylsis | Seg. 2: Gloria Squitiro

By STEVE KRASKE & LUKE X. MARTIN & DEVIN DAVIS

Segment 1: New data analysis of Kansas City’s public school environment.

A new analysis shows public and charter schools in Kansas City are more segregated, more expensive to operate, and more complicated than they were 20 years ago. We talked with two officials behind the report about these issues and others, and discussed possible solutions.

  • Linda Quinley, chief financial officer for Kansas City Public Schools
  • Mike Reynolds, chief of research and assessment for Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri Education News

Missouri State OKs $2.2 million Ozarks Education Center

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Officials at Missouri State University have approved a plan for a $2.2 million Ozarks Education Center that will be constructed on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake.  The project features a classroom meeting space that can hold around 40 students. It also includes two small cabin “pods” that can house up to 10 students or researchers who are managing research projects associated with the Ozarks’ environment.

National Education News

Counselors Blast College Board’s Plan to Assign Students a ‘Disadvantage’ Score

By Catherine Gewertz, Education Week

The College Board’s plan to expand a program that’s designed to help colleges see students’ SAT performance more fairly, by scoring students’ high schools and neighborhoods by “level of disadvantage,” has rattled college counselors and reignited decades-old debates about how college admission decisions are made.

Sick Teachers Paying for Substitutes: Where and Why It’s Happening

By Madeline Will, Education Week

In San Francisco, an elementary teacher was informed that, due to state law, she would have to pay the cost of a substitute while she was out of the classroom on extended sick leave for breast cancer treatment.  The teacher’s story made national headlines after parents at her school launched an online crowdfunding campaign to cover her costs. People were outraged.

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