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Kansas City area Education News

Three KC public schools students were shot in nine days. Can anyone stop the bloodshed?

By KC Star Editorial Board
Three days into this new school year, a team of grief counselors walked into East High School in Kansas City to provide support for students and staff members distraught over the shooting death of a classmate.  One week later, counselors descended on Southeast High School to help students and staff come to grips with the senseless murder of a popular junior at the school.

During the nine days after classes started Aug. 12, three Kansas City Public Schools students were shot, two of them fatally.

Missouri/Kansas Education News

For our students’ sake, we teachers need to transform ourselves

By Luke Kenke, Special to the KC Star
We are dying. Pre-service teacher enrollment is down 25% nationwide when most other college programs are growing. About one-quarter of teachers leave the profession within five years. Burnout, apathy, stagnation — while not exclusive to teaching, occur at a higher rate in this emotionally charged career, one often referred to as “the most noble profession.” Negative press, scandals, school shootings and politics have degraded the image of the institution we know and love. The education system will never cease to exist — but to survive and thrive to successfully prepare our students, education must change. It must be reborn…We don’t teach for personal gain or earthly security. We do it for our students.

National Education News

School District Secessions Accelerate School Segregation

By Lauren Camera, U.S. News
THE PHENOMENON IN WHICH wealthy communities take their schools and their tax base and splinter off from larger districts to form their own education systems is promoting racial segregation, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Wednesday.  Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly filtered white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, according to new research published in “AERA Open,” a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association. “Secession may reflect this narrowing concept of public schools and who the public schools are for,” Erica Frankenberg, a professor of education and demography at Pennsylvania State University and coauthor of the study, says. “Are they for educating everyone, or just kids who look like my kids?”

STEM ed network grows in ‘final push’ to meet 2021 goal

By Linda Jacobson, EducationDive

  • Chicago Public Schools, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Council of Chief State School Officers are among the 41 new organizations joining a national effort to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021.
  • 100Kin10 — a nonprofit network that includes school districts, teacher preparation programs, foundations and businesses — will also work with new funding partners including the Grable Foundation, Infosys and the College Football Playoff tournament to make its “final push” toward the goal, according to a statement from Executive Director Talia Milgrom-Elcott,
  • Teacher bonuses, scholarships, loan forgiveness programs for teachers and professional development are some of the strategies that will be implemented to recruit and retain STEM educators.

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