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19th Century School Awaits Restoration
December 25, 2006
Article detailing the work of a restoration group working to convert the Benjamin Banneker School building in Parkville, Missouri, into a museum. Benjamin Banneker was a one-room, segregated school for...
ACE Backers Stage Protest
April 14, 2012
On Friday, April 13, 2012, “the founders of Kansas City’s African-centered education program summoned all the campus’s children, staff and its drum corps to rally against the school district’s...
Carver Dual Language Academy
April 14-20, 2011
Article about the Carver Dual Language Academy and its principal Cornelia Clark. The Academy, located on Elmwood Avenue, cultivates bilingualism in children by teaching English to Spanish-speakers and...
Celebrating Northeast Schools--Della Lamb: Another Inner-City Success Story
Article about the Della Lamb Elementary Charter School, opened in 1999 in Northeast Kansas City as "the first charter school to open in Missouri." Mention also of Della Lamb, the school's namesake.
Charters a Popular Choice
November 1, 2009
Kansas City ranks fourth in the nation in the percentage of public school children attending charter schools (29%). Article includes discussion about why the schools are popular. The University of Missouri-Kansas...
Child Abuse Echoes from Former Midwest Center
Article about the closing of the children's care center due to abuse allegations and administration problems, including the history of the center.
Children Learning That They are No Longer the Objects of Inferiority
Describes the implementation of African centered education in the Kansas City Missouri Public School system.
Classmates Remember White Flight
October 13, 2013
Article records details of a reunion of former students who attended the Sanford B. Ladd School from 1950 - 1957. Attendees are interviewed and describe how the school was changed following the desegregation...
Dealing with the Transportation of "Precious Cargo"
Discusses issues surrounding the transportation of children to area schools.
Deaths: Mrs. Paul S. May
Obituary for Mrs. Gladys May, "48, of 120 [West 61st Terrace], a founder of the H. E. E. D. (Help Educate Emotionally Disturbed) School," later "known as the Children's Special Education Center, 400 [West...
Ex-Slave Was a Success in Early Independence
February 23, 1986
Biographical article with photo about Hiram Young (1815-1882), a wagon-maker and ex-slave in 19th century Independence, Missouri. Young is described as "one of the richest men in Jackson County" by 1860...
Families Ponder Return to KC District
April 19, 2013
Article describes an effort by parents living in Southwestern Kansas City and Kansas City School District officials to reopen the Hale H. Cook for elementary-aged students beginning in the fall of 2014....
Grand Opening Marks New Course for Northeast School
Woodland-Edison School is located at 711 Woodland in the northeast area and serves nearly 500 children in kindergarden through 5th grade. Includes a partnership between the Edison Project and the Kansas...
KC Board Approves School Changes
April 26, 2007
The Kansas City School Board agreed by a 5-2 vote to phase out most of the district's middle schools. Superintendent Anthony Amato has pushed the phase out in favor of neighborhood elementary schools serving...
Last Day For School Marks End of an Era
May 30, 2007
South Park Elementary School in Merriam, Kansas, closed May 29, 2007.It will merge with Merriam Elementary at the new Merriam Park Elementary School. South Park was central in the late 1940s civil rights...
On a Quest for Best Schools
February 26, 2015
Article reports on the rise of charter school enrollment and several school options available to parents. The twenty charter schools in Kansas City, Missouri have an enrollment of 10,182 students or roughly...
Opportunities To Tout District Are Knocking
July 15, 2010
Volunteers plan to knock on the 73,000 doors of homes in the Kansas City School District to tell residents about improvements and encourage them to enroll their children in the district's schools. Support...
Preservation is the Priority
April 15, 2015
Article about the Banneker School Restoration Project. “Banneker School was built by the Parkville School District in 1885 as a one-room schoolhouse to educate the children of freed slaves in Platte...
School is an Anchor in Tumultuous
February 11, 2007
There were more than 18,400 homeless students in the Kansas City area during the 2005-2006 school year. School officials try to make school a stablizing environment for children caught in a uncertain life....
School, with a Downtown Vibe
April 30, 2012
The Crossroads Academy at 1015 Central is set to open on September 4, 2012. The kindergarten through fifth-grade school will provide a "urban-steeped education" to 170 children. The opening of the school...
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