A Weekly Roundup of Education Stories | May 19

by Kelly Lynch-Stange   |   May 19, 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.


Although internet addiction is not officially listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, some psychologists think it should be. New evidence shows areas of the brain respond similarly to internet stimulation as they do to substance abuse. Young people experience a similar euphoria that comes from constantly being plugged in. In this report from KQED, experts discuss what happens in the brains of teens who compulsively use the Internet and how tech giants like Google and Facebook are getting involved.

Is 'Internet Addiction' Real?

When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time.


The Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition is launching a new program aimed at ending the stigma of mental health among young people. The campaign focuses on the difficult issue of teen suicide through creative messaging. The group hopes they can reach a demographic that has been difficult to engage in the past. Fourteen area high schools and middle schools are taking part in the pilot project, with creative elements donated by Bernstein-Rein. To find out more details on the program, check out this report from The Kansas City Star.  

New message takes aim at teen suicides: You Be You

The pain is all the same. Karen Arkin knew her perfectionist son was in a battle with depression, and they showered him with help and counseling in vain before Jason Arkin killed himself at the age of 20. Allie Doss knew nothing of her daughter's secret pain before Sara Prideaux killed herself at 16.


The Washington Post reports that $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives will be cut under President Trump’s first education budget plan. The cuts include programs such as college work-study and public-service loan forgiveness. The plan also slashes funding to public schools for mental health services and advanced coursework. The Education Department has said the most recent version of the budget will be released next week, giving the public a chance to review areas of impact.

Trump's first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice

Funding for college work-study programs would be cut in half, public-service loan forgiveness would end and hundreds of millions of dollars that public schools could use for mental health, advanced coursework and other services would vanish under a Trump administration plan to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives, according to budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.


A new Kansas school funding plan released by the K-12 Education Budget Committee on Monday has left lawmakers none too pleased. For weeks, lawmakers have been looking to add more than $150 million per year, for five years, to the bill. The latest version headed to the House now falls significantly short of the $750 million initially planned. KCUR explores what’s next for the bill and who is supporting it.  

Committee Sends School Funding Bill That Few Like To Kansas House

A divided K-12 Education Budget Committee on Monday passed out a school funding plan for Kansas schools that essentially nobody likes. It adds $279 million over two years: $179 million in the first year and $100 million in the second. After that, school funding would increase based on the inflation rate.


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