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Kansas City Education News

Lincoln Prep stadium remains on schedule for September opening

By Ryan Marshall, 41 KSHB News

Lincoln Prep’s football team will have a place to call home soon.  A new $3.5 million, 1,000-seat stadium is schedule to be completed by September, just in time for the 2019 football season.  Kansas City Public Schools and Lincoln Prep school administration were on hand for a surprise visit Monday from the Kansas City Chiefs as members of the defensive line unit practiced with the Lincoln Middle School flag football team…District athletic director Dr. James Sanders discussed the pride Lincoln Prep received derived from the project.  “Every one of our high schools will have their own field,” he said.

Missouri Education News

Students Build Tiny Houses to Bring Geometry Lessons to Life

By Sarah Schwartz, Education Week

At Battle High School in Columbia, Mo., students in geometry class have swapped their compasses and protractors for hammers and hard hats. And they’re doing it for a good cause.  The school is one of a handful across the country where students are building tiny houses in math or career-and-technical-education courses. The experience, educators say, not only teaches practical trade skills but also math, economics, and problem-solving.

National Education News

Betsy DeVos Says Teachers Should Protest on ‘Adult Time’

By Collin Binkley,  The Associated Press

Baltimore (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that teachers are walking off the job too often and that protests about pay and school conditions should be done on “adult time” so students aren’t hurt.  DeVos made the comments in Baltimore while speaking at a conference for education journalists.

Level of state education funding keeps families in poverty

By Carly King, The Notebook

I will always remember the first time a teenager told me they didn’t have dreams and aspirations. As one young lady put it, “What’s the point?” Discouraged by the state of their public schools, they saw minimal opportunities for their futures. As a social worker, I see daily how poverty blurs the lines of child abuse and neglect for families and disproportionately affects black and brown communities.

Schools Teach Civics. Do They Model It?

By Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week

By many measures, Victory Preparatory Academy, a small charter high school located in a north Denver suburb, is a success. It’s academically high-performing, has won state and local awards, and has aggressively marketed itself as an alternative to another traditional public high school nearby. But by late 2017, seniors at the high school had grown frustrated by the school’s limited extracurriculars,

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