May 22, 2019


Kansas City Area Education News

Education advocates, business group expect funding increase

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press, KC Star
Advocates for K-12 schools and the University of Wisconsin System were optimistic Tuesday that Republicans will spend more money on education, but they don’t know how much to expect other than something less than what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed.  Republican lawmakers were meeting privately this week to determine how much to give K-12 schools, a cornerstone of Evers’ state budget that was scheduled to be voted on publicly Thursday by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.

Two Knights are All-District

by Luther Okeyo, KCPS Communications

Congratulations to Southeast Knights senior baseball players JaLeon Teague and Zyveair Dorn, who received All-District Honors this past week. Teague led the Knights offensively this season and was strong behind the plate and on the mound. Dorn, an outfielder, used his speed and athleticism to be a pest on the bases.

First-Ever State KCPS Javelin Participant

By Luther Okeyo, KCPS Communications

Lincoln College Prep sophomore Jermaine Ham­ilton-Jordan became the first-ever state qualifier in the javelin from Kansas City Public Schools. Hamilton-Jordan finished 2nd in sectionals at Odessa on Saturday, May 18, 2019. His best throw at the meet was a personal record of 157’1″.

Kansas City to host a variety of family and learning events this week

By Hoodline

The Kansas City Public Schools is holding a happy hour on Thursday at the Ed Hub KC for an informal opportunity to meet the KCPS school board and learn about their goals for Kansas City Public Schools.

When: Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Ed Hub KC, 4049 Pennsylvania Ave.
Price: Free

Missouri Education News

Pay is biggest driver behind teachers quitting

By Associated Press, Fulton Sun

Low pay is the biggest reason that Missouri teachers are leaving the profession, according to a new survey.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently shared its findings from a survey of 6,000 teachers, principals and administrators with the State Board of Education, St. Louis Public Radio reported.  The board’s president, Charlie Shields, said the data is powerful because every surveyed group cited salary as the number one issue when it comes to recruiting and retaining teachers.

Andrews touts Missouri legislative achievements

by Mike Peterson, KMA Land

Missouri State Representative Allen Andrews is looking back on what he calls a “highly productive” 2019 Legislative Session.  Andrews tells KMA News lawmakers made considerable progress on policy reform, and provided ample funding for education.  “Out of our $30 billion budget, we saw record levels of funding for K-12 education,” said Andrews, “fully funding school foundation formulas again, adding more funding into the transportation part of education, as well.”

National Education News

Top-performing countries’ early ed systems provide lessons for US

By Linda Jacobson,

The U.S. should stop striving for “one best strategy” for providing early-childhood education and care, and consider instead a diverse funding system for serving all children and families that honors America’s “entrepreneurial, market-driven society,” a leading early-childhood education researcher said Thursday…While the U.S. has a strong knowledge base about educating young children and public will to improve services, there is not yet a clear path toward addressing issues such as qualifications and compensation for early educators, and how data should be collected and used to improve programs and measure child outcomes, she said.

Unlearning is often a part of effective teaching

By Amelia Harper,

  • Sometimes educational practices need to change either because they are not working, because approaches to education have shifted to meet new goals or because technology has changed the landscape. But adapting to new ideas often requires that old notions be unlearned, Education Week reports.
  • School leaders can support unlearning as part of professional development plans. Unlearning, however, is often difficult because changing long-held ideas is more personal for educators and can feel like an assault on their sense of identity.