November 15, 2019


Kansas City Education News

Lincoln Prep’s undefeated football team playing ‘for the city.’ Will KC show support?

By KC Star Editorial Board – Follow link to see video

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s football team is undefeated after winning 11 games for the first time in school history.  On Friday, the Blue Tigers will host Platte County High School in a bid for Lincoln Prep’s first district championship since 1969. The visiting Pirates are a formidable opponent, but Lincoln Prep has been waiting 50 years to hoist this trophy. “This is something that I never thought would happen,” Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell said. “Just because of the makeup of the educational ecosystem here in Kansas City, we generally do not have the ability to keep enough students together to be able to matriculate four years into building a team that can really compete at a high level in the playoffs.

City Year brings home high marks for helping KCPS students achieve 

By Virginia Ward, KC Business Journal
The Donovans were looking to do something together — as “Mark and Kathy” — when they moved to Kansas City. They were aware of the challenges facing Kansas City’s public schools system and wanted to serve with an organization that had proven results.  Around the time that Mark Donovan was promoted to president of the Kansas City Chiefs, he and his wife found what they were looking for in a nonprofit looking to expand here: City Year. The program serves students at 350 schools in 29 cities. It works with AmeriCorps to provide volunteers, ages 18 to 25, for a year of service in low-income schools. Of City Year’s 3,000 AmeriCorps members, 77% are college graduates, and 63% are people of color.

Kansas Board of Education looks to ban all vaping products

By Caroline Sweeney, Zoe Brown, KCTV 5 News
In September, we told you about a teen suffering from lung issues because of vaping and the Kansas high school student sat down with us to share the scary reality.  Now, the state’s Board of Education is one step closer to protecting students.  We’ve seen it time and time again this year as the sickness spreads across the country, putting people at risk. Just this week, a double lung transplant was performed on a teen in Detroit.

Charter Schools in Kansas City

By Virginia Ward, KC Business Journal
Ranked by 2019 enrollment  Information on The List was obtained through Kansas City Business Journal research or supplied by individual companies through questionnaires that could not be independently verified by KCBJ.

Check out the KCPS video on “Ritchie Cherry, Wheatley Elementary”

By Luther Okeyo ­ KCPS Communications
Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Counselor, Ritchie Cherry talks about his counselor, who was more than just an educator to him. He helped Ritchie educational options that were unknown to him and helped him become more than his surroundings.

Missouri Education News


Missouri ranked one of the most dangerous states for teen driving

By Springfield KY3

Missouri is the fifth most dangerous state for teen drivers, that’s according to the most recent data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Springfield Public Schools put on a local effort to turn that trend around Thursday. Don Heaney is in the process of teaching his 7th child how to take on the road.

National Education News

Roswell’s Gloria Gil Honored by National Education Organization

By Julie Herron Carson,

Scottdale Early Learning. Inc. (SEL) Parent Educator Gloria Gil of Roswell has been named a “Parent Educator of the Year” by the national Parents As Teachers (PAT) organization. Gil, who has worked with SEL for the past two years, was recently honored at the international PAT conference. In addition to Gil’s individual honor, DeKalb-based Scottdale Early Learning, Inc. has earned Blue Ribbon Affiliate Status from the Parents as Teachers organization.

Roundup: The changing face of school leadership

By EducationDive

Along with approaches to the overall K-12 school model in recent years, approaches to leadership have shifted as well. Principals and building leaders, for example, now often find themselves needing to be instructional leaders, as comfortable with hands-on management of curriculum and instruction as they are with the day-to-day operations of the school.

Report: More students with disabilities attending charter schools

By Linda Jacobson

  • Students with special needs are still less likely to attend charter schools than traditional district schools, but the difference has declined over the past 10 years, according to a new National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools’ analysis of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection.
  • Almost 11% of charter school students (10.79%) have been identified with disabilities, compared to 12.84% of students in traditional schools. In 2008, 7.7% of charter school students were identified with disabilities, compared to 11.3% of students in traditional schools.