A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | March 31

by Take Note Staff   |   Mar 31, 2017
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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. 

High school students from across the country are participating in March Mammal Madness, a bracket-style competition where real animals wage fictional battles, and students engage in research projects to predict a winner.

A New Kind Of March Madness Hits Schools

It's a little after 8 a.m. at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., and Michelle Harris' AP Environmental Science class is getting right to it. "All right, you guys got your brackets out?" Harris asks.


Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell says community feedback should shape Kansas City Public Schools’ strategic plan and calls on the community to make their voices heard. KCUR explores the challenges and the goals of local stakeholders.

Kansas City Public Schools Leader Wants Next Strategic Plan To Come From The Community

Supt. Mark Bedell says community feedback should shape Kansas City Public Schools' strategic plan. "We need your voice. We need your assistance. And we need you to have buy-in to this plan," says Bedell, who is in his first year with the district. KCPS already has a master plan.


The Trump administration has proposed getting rid of Title II funding, which more than half of school districts across the country use to pay for professional development, and another quarter use for class size reduction. What would this mean for educators? Hear their concerns in this report from Education Week.

What Would Trump's Proposed Cut to Teacher Funding Mean for Schools?

President Donald Trump has proposed getting rid of the Title II program, which has been around for more than a decade and aims to help districts and states pay for teacher and principal development, reduce class-size, craft new evaluation systems, and more.


Univision reports on educators from across the country who are struggling with an uptick in anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigrant activity since the election. In this report, teachers and administrators look for ways to encourage civility in the classroom and promote socially appropriate behavior.

Schools face a climate of hate, and struggle to respond

Schools face a climate of hate, and struggle to respond On a November afternoon, Kate DeStefano-Torres' son arrived home from school upset. The sixth-grader, whose father is Puerto Rican, had clashed with another student during free time, he told his mom. At J


Kansas lawmakers met this week to determine a more constitutionally appropriate number to fund schools after a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling stating current funding is inadequate. Lawmakers are set to add $150 million more each year for the next five years, but some worry it may not be enough.

Plan Phases In $750 Million More for Kansas Schools Over The Next Five Years

A Kansas legislative committee worked eight hours Thursday night and didn't come up with a new school funding formula. But we now know the goal for how much new money will be added to try and satisfy the state Supreme Court which has ruled school funding in Kansas is inadequate.

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