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Kansas City area Education News

Seg. 1: Recruiting Education Majors | Seg. 2: Kansas City Prosperity

By Steve Kraske – KCUR
The number of undergraduate education degrees awarded every year peaked in the early 1970s at almost 194,000. Today that number is less than 92,000. Two college deans discuss the challenges of bringing future teachers into the education major, meeting the need for special education and bilingual educators, and graduating teachers more reflective of today’s diverse communities.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

Why is Missouri giving college aid to affluent families — and not the neediest students?

BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD, September 16, 2019

Missouri’s A+ scholarship program has opened doors for thousands of students by paying for two years of college. But too often, those who need the most financial help haven’t benefited. …Students attending the three high schools in Lee’s Summit received more than $617,000 last year, while students at Kansas City’s Central Academy of Excellence received not one dime. Students at East High in Kansas City received a paltry $1,235. State law requires students to exhaust any federal financial aid before using A+ funds. As a result, low-income students who qualify for Pell Grants are left with little or no A+ money.

Missouri State offers free dual credit to qualifying students

By University Communications
Beginning in January, Missouri State University will provide dual credit scholarships to qualifying students across the state. The scholarships will allow eligible students to take up to six hours of dual credit per semester at no charge. Blue SpringsLibertySmithville and North Kansas City school districts announced today (Sept. 11) that they are participating in the program. Dual credit courses allow high school students to earn high school and college credits at the same time.

National Education News

District comms director roles growing in complexity

By EducationDive
In the era of instant information, district communication officers’ roles are becoming more complex. This is especially true in smaller districts where a full communications staff is less likely to exist, District Administration reports.

  • There are a couple of strategies communications directors can use to keep everyone connected: Making a plan for routine as well as emergency communications, which can both use social media, and considering alerting the community to urgent situations.
  • Communications staff also need to find ways to connect with non-parents, the article says, noting that mailed newsletters are likely to reach the older members of the community, and that this demographic is also more likely to vote on school bonds and levies. Social media is also an efficient platform for publicizing school and district accomplishments.

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