A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | April 7

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   Apr 7, 2017
Take Note | Connect-Ed (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.

In March, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the current school funding system is constitutionally inadequate and that without a fix, the Court would shut down public schools June 30. This week, the House K-12 Budget Committee voted to add $150 million a year for five years for a total package of $750 million, but the plan has some skeptics.


Kansas House Committee Finishes Work On New School Funding Formula

The crowd filling the old Supreme Court room at the Kansas Statehouse expected a bit of a showdown Wednesday when the House K-12 Budget Committee discussed how much money to put into public education. In the end, that debate lasted about 10 minutes and the committee stood pat on adding $150 million a year for five years for a total package of $750 million.


Student reporters at Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Kansas stumbled upon “some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials” while researching their newly-hired principal, Amy Robertson. After a closed special meeting Tuesday night of the Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education, it was announced that Robertson had resigned.

New Pittsburg, Kan., High School principal resigns after student journalists question her credentials

Pittsburg High School students published a story in the school newspaper Friday questioning the legitimacy of the private college - Corllins University - where Amy Robertson, then newly hired principal, said she got her master's and doctorate degrees years ago.


A set of brothers in Cincinnati submitted applications to Harvard and Yale, using their experience as quadruplets to stand out from the crowd. The brothers initially thought they would go the route of submitting a joint application, but in the end decided on four separate essays that could be read alone or as a narrative of their unique experience together. 


Quadruplets Offer Colleges Package Deal. Harvard and Yale Buy It.

In a clever stroke, the four brothers wrote essays that can be read separately, yet are meant to be read together, like four pieces of a puzzle. Each piece is charming and winning on its own, but together, they are even better, and college admissions officers everywhere seemed to agree and were unwilling to pull them apart.


In an effort to encourage high school students to think beyond graduation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may require that students outline a plan for their future. The move is part of an initiative called "Learn. Plan. Succeed," and while some critics describe the plan as “bizarre,” the district believes it will help students plan for future success.  


Chicago Wants High School Students to Create Postsecondary Plans

In Chicago, high school students may soon be required to outline a plan for after graduation in order to earn a diploma as part of an initiative called "Learn. Plan. Succeed." Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel-who controls the city's school system-said the initiative should help ensure that young people don't see high school graduation as an "end point."


Students with intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for being abused in the classroom, which led the state of Texas to require cameras in special education classrooms. NewsHour examines the concerns around privacy and the costs associated with the law.


Will classroom cameras protect students with special needs?

Because children with intellectual disabilities are the most vulnerable to abuse at school, Texas is the first state to require cameras in special education classrooms if requested by parents. But the current law has raised concerns about privacy as well as cost. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.

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