A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | May 12

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   May 12, 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.

Anthony Madry of Central Academy of Excellence is one of six new principals Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell pledged to hire. Bedell and Madry are former colleagues who worked together in Houston. In this report from KCUR, Madry and Bedell share their thoughts on the transition to Kansas City and what challenges and opportunities are ahead for the district.

Meet The New Principals Trying To Transform Kansas City Public Schools

Principal Anthony Madry stands in a noisy hallway at Central Academy of Excellence, greeting students. "Good morning, good morning, good morning," Madry says, fist bumping students as they pass. "Hey are we good?" The student nods. "Yeah." Madry points to a young woman. "That's Emily.


As previously reported, the state of Missouri is set to fully fund public education for the first time in history. The $27.8 billion budget plan, currently on its way to Gov. Eric Greitens to sign, was created in 2005, and specifies that each district should have a state adequacy target — a minimum amount of dollars per student. The St. Louis Dispatch reports on the setbacks of the budget following the recession and examines what cost-saving measures were needed to get the budget approved.


Missouri poised to fully fund its school formula, but only after reducing its cost

For the first time in the history of Missouri's current school funding formula, the state will be able to say it is fulfilling its financial obligation to public schools. Tens of millions of new money has gone to the effort - dating back more than a decade - to ensure that children at even the poorest districts have access to adequate funding.


The Kansas Department of Education introduced two new videos via social media this week aimed at teacher recruitment and retention. The videos are in response to a 2016 Blue Ribbon Task Force report that showed a decrease in students participating in Kansas’s 25 teacher prep programs. See the superhero themed videos in this report from Fox 4.


Kansas Department of Education turns to social media to recruit teachers

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas Department of Education is turning to social media to help find teachers. The department rolled out a pair of recruitment videos to bring more teachers into the field and keep current ones. In one video a red-haired super hero with glasses lists five reasons why she wants to be a teachers and why others should, too.


A keynote address by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s was met with boos and protest by Daytona Beach University students. With their backs turned, graduates participating in the ceremony expressed their displeasure, drawing a warning from a university official who was forced to interrupt the speech. PBS NewHour details the response by students and explores what the university had hoped to accomplish by the secretary in attendance.


Betsy DeVos booed at graduation for historically black college

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Education Secretary Betsy Devos vowed support for the students at a historically black university at their graduation ceremony, but was nearly drowned out by booing and shouts of "Liar!" Many graduating students turned their back to her in protest.


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