November 7, 2019


Kansas City Education News

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KC Tenant Bill of Rights held for another week

By Andres Gutierrez, 41 KSHB News

Kansas City’s housing committee voted to hold off on a tenant’s bill of rights for another week. It comes after nearly four hours of testimony — at times emotional — on the need for this piece of legislation. “How can a student thrive when they are moving from school to school to school in just one academic year,” Kathleen Pointer, a KCPS senior communications and political strategist, said. The bill would create sweeping changes for tenant rights including providing legal support for tenants.

New anti-violence discussion in Kansas City asks high schoolers to offer solutions

·        By Savannah RudicelChris Oberholtzd, KCTV 5 News

Violence in Kansas City has police and prosecutors taking a different approach to finding a solution to the ongoing problem. About 34 percent of homicide victims in Kansas City this year were killed before they turned 25. That’s why community leaders want to get teenagers’ perspective on how to end violent crime. High school students from Kansas City Public Schools will meet Thursday for an anti-violence summit. They’ll share their perspectives with Mayor Quinton Lucas, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Superintendent Mark Bedell. Bedell said KCPS works with students in a trauma-informed way, but schools can’t be the only source of support.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Mo Gov. Mike Parson gave proclamation in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week

By Ashley Smith,  KFVS 12 News

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R-Mo) recognized the importance of Registered Apprenticeship programs with a proclamation to officially set apart the week of Nov. 11-15, 2019, as Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation & Awareness Week.  This week coincides with National Apprenticeship Week.  National Apprenticeship Week is a five-year-old nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.

“The State of Missouri recognizes that the economy demands an agile, world-class workforce with post-secondary education credentials and the ability to respond to immediate and future business and economic needs swiftly and proficiently,” said Governor Parson in his Oct. 23 proclamation.

National Education News


Principals to Get Specialized Training to Tackle Racial Inequities in Their Schools

By Denisa R. Superville, Education Week

The country’s second-largest school district—where 82 percent of students are Latino and African American—is tapping principals to root out racial bias and inequitable practices in their schools. Los Angeles Unified School District and the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California have partnered to train principals and other school leaders to tackle systemic inequities. The Racial Equity Leadership Academy for principals will begin in early 2020, with the first cohort consisting of about 40 principals from some of the district’s highest-needs schools. “We know that the pursuit of racial equity in schools requires skill-building among principals, and teachers, and everyone who is involved in the ecosystem of schooling,” said Shaun Harper, a professor and the executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center.

What Is Personalized Learning?

By Benjamin Herold, Education Week

Is it going to transform public schools, finally bringing education into the age of digitally driven personalization embodied by companies such as Amazon and Netflix? When it comes to “personalized learning,” there’s no shortage of hyperbole from either proponents or critics. Here’s what you need to know about the realities of one of the biggest, most controversial trends in K-12 education—starting with the most difficult question first.  For many educators, it’s about using adaptive software that adjusts to each student’s skill level. Sometimes, it’s about the systematic use of digital data to inform big decisions, like how to group students. Other schools focus on giving students more say over what projects they undertake, or how they present their work. And increasingly, personalized-learning proponents also take a much wider lens, saying schools must nurture each individual child’s social, emotional, and physical development. Some see such scattered and nebulous definitions as reason to worry that personalized learning will go the way of other short-lived reforms. Others are more positive.