November 14, 2019


Kansas City Education News

‘Battle Buses’ Deliver STEMtastic News to Winning Students, Schools

By Burns &McDonnell, The Neighbor

Armed with everything from banners and medals to popcorn and Silly String, crews loaded a fleet of “battle buses” and drove to schools across the Greater Kansas City with a single mission — surprise the top 20 finalists teams in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. A record 7,250 students entered Kansas City’s largest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition, in which schools can win grant money and a chance to inspire the next $1 million exhibit at Science City. “We pulled up in front of each school, used our megaphones to get the students outside and literally rolled out the red carpet for them,” says Julee Koncak, Foundation director, Burns & McDonnell. “Some students were so excited that their idea could soon be an exhibit at Science City that they were crying with joy.”

As Kansas City Moves Ahead With Zero Fare Bus Service, Here’s What Stands In The Way

By Laura Ziegler, KCUR 89.3

Two years ago, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority gave veterans free bus passes. The next year, students became the beneficiaries of the zero fare policy. According to KCATA, 23% of riders over the past several years have not paid a dime to ride the bus.  Transit officials argue the policy gives individuals and families more money to pump back into the local economy and that it improves the safety and efficiency of the system.

Missouri Education News


The St. Louis-area schools with the highest discipline rates

By Chris Hayes,  KPLR, St. Louis

Middle schools often report the most student discipline, according to incident numbers from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Fox 2 spent weeks pouring through the discipline incident data, which includes more than a million entries. We found a middle school is number one in the St. Louis area for overall discipline. According to DESE data, Ferguson Middle School is number one for discipline ranging from drug-related incidents to violence.

National Education News

2 Dead, Several Injured in California School Shooting

By The Associated Press
A student gunman opened fire Thursday at a Southern California high school, killing two students, wounding three others and shooting himself in the head, authorities said. He was in grave condition. The shooting occurred around 7:30 a.m. at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Shauna Orandi, 16, said she was in her Spanish class doing homework when she heard four gunshots that she initially mistook as instruments from a band class. She said a student burst into the room saying he’d seen the gunman, and her classmates were stunned into silence.

Schools Fear Deportation of DACA Recipient Teachers

By Lauren Camera, U.S. News

IF THE SUPREME COURT rules in favor of the Trump administration, the future for teachers like Vicente Rodriguez and some 660,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, would be in doubt.  “I made it my life’s mission to make sure students would never, ever experience such events and hardship in pursuit of education as I did,” he said to thousands of people gathered in front of the steps of the high court Tuesday as the justices began considering the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Rodriguez, who is a teaching assistant and DACA recipient from San Bernardino, California, is one of an estimated 20,000 teachers, assistant teachers and those in the process of being certified to become teachers who are protected under DACA in school districts all across the country.

National Reading Emergency: Educators Sound the Alarm

By Lauren Camera, U.S. News

STUDENTS IN THE U.S. are getting worse at reading, and a dozen education and civil rights organizations sounded the alarm over what they say is a national crisis. The clarion call comes after the reading scores dropped among fourth-graders in 17 states and eighth-graders in 31 states at the same time that the achievement gap between the highest-performers and the lowest-performers grew.