May 3, 2019


Kansas City Education News

Kansas City Faces Fragmented School System as Charters Open

Kansas City Public Schools is facing a fragmented education system as new charters continue to open.

By Elle Moxley, KCUR-FM/U.S. News/Associated Press

When Kansas City Neighborhood Academy opened in 2016 with the district as its sponsor, it was supposed to start a new era of cooperation between the Kansas City Public Schools and charter schools.

AP Classrooms Tend To Be White — North Kansas City Schools Are Changing That  


Deniese Fahnbulleh was already taking honors classes at Winnetonka High School when she decided to challenge herself with three Advanced Placement courses…AP has expanded far beyond the elite prep schools where it began.

Missouri Education News

Commentary: Missouri law creates barriers to equity for children

By Bill Kent,  Business Journal

According to the Missouri Charter Public School Association (MCPSA), Kansas City and St. Louis charter public schools serve approximately 23,000 (38%) of the nearly 60,000 students attending public schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. Our current Missouri Charter School law has effectively created an underclass of students who access free public education.  MCPSA estimates that funding inequities result in charter public school students receiving, on average, at least $2,000 less per student in weighted average daily attendance than their public school peers.
National Education News

Even ‘Digital Natives’ May Need Lessons on Online Political Discourse

New study suggests it spurs engagement

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

The social-media revolution has transformed American politics more than any other aspect of our culture, with political fortunes made and lost on a well-placed or ill-crafted Tweet. And today’s young “digital natives” spend lots of their time on social-media platforms, getting much of their news and their first taste of political discourse online.

But how do the two pieces fit together? Do schools have a role to play?

Why the High-Achievers Have Moved to ‘Shop’ Class

By Catherine GewertzEducation Week

A new breed of students has flooded into career-technical education, and they’re transforming a slice of the K-12 world that’s long suffered from stigma and disrespect.  These students are focusing on professions like engineering and health care instead of traditional trades like manufacturing and agriculture. They have higher grades and test scores,…