A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 28

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   Apr 28, 2017
(Sam Yates | KCPT)

There's plenty to keep up with on the education front, from K-12 curricula to preparing for college to school choice and discipline. The Take Note team is here to cut through some of the noise and bring you relevant, reliable and impactful information on the ever-changing landscape of education.

The search is on for a new superintendent of the Shawnee Mission School District, following the announcement that the current superintendent, Jim Hinson, will retire. On Monday, the school board met to begin discussions on Hinson’s replacement and announced that Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick would take over the role until a permanent replacement is named. Read more in this report by The Kansas City Star.  

Deputy superintendent tapped as interim leader of Shawnee Mission schools

The Shawnee Mission school board swiftly tapped Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick to take over duties for outgoing Superintendent Jim Hinson at a special board meeting Wednesday. Hinson, who became superintendent in 2013, announced his retirement April 19. And for the second time in a week, Hinson, 54, did not show up for a meeting related to his resignation.


On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at reducing the federal government's role in K-12 education, suggesting that local control go to states. The order gives Education Secretary Betsy DeVos 300 days to issue a review of any oversteps by the federal government and allows her to make suggestions that will be made available in a public report at a later date. ABC News looks at what happens next.


Trump order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government's role in K-12 education. Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year - 300 days - to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in...


Crossroads Academy, a charter school in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will receive a $1.32 million grant from School Smart KC, a new effort funded by The Kauffman Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. The grant will aid in the opening of a new public charter high school in downtown. Crossroads currently serves more than 500 K-8 students and is one of the top-rated schools in the city. Plans are underway for the high school to open in 2018. Read more in this report from KCUR.


Grant Will Help Crossroads Academy Open Charter High School In Downtown Kansas City

A $1.3 million grant will help a downtown charter school expand. Education nonprofit SchoolSmartKC announced Tuesday support for Crossroads Academy, which hopes to open a high school in 2018.


On Tuesday, Missouri Senate leaders approved an amendment that adds $45 million to public school funding, bringing the total amount to $3.4 billion - fully funding K-12 public schools in Missouri for the first time in history. The Kansas City Star explores what critics and proponents of the budget are saying and what this move means for early childhood education programs slated to begin in 2018.


For first time in history, Missouri Senate votes to fully fund K-12 public schools

A bipartisan group of state senators bucked GOP leaders Tuesday to fully fund Missouri's K-12 public schools for the first time in history. On a 19-14 vote, the Senate approved an amendment sponsored by Republican Sen.


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