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Kauffman Rings The School Bell
September 12, 2011
"After years of studying and experimenting in education, the Kauffman Foundation is opening its own school with a hundred fifth-graders." The school is temporarily located in a Westport building, but plans...
Waldo Residents Plant Seeds to Reopen Elementary School
July 24, 2012
A group of Waldo residents have formed the Friends of Hale Cook organization to convince the Kansas City Public School District to reopen Hale Cook Elementary School. The group wants their children to...
Students Play Role in School Plans
December 21, 2010
A team of students in UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design “spent the past semester building a guidebook to help inform what will be a communitywide effort to deal with about...
March 5, 2011
Area schools are implementing a new educational program known as Expeditionary Learning, where classes focus on lessons in reading, math, science, and social studies on a particular topic that has connections...
Catholic High School in Independence to Close
January 25, 2013
Article announces that St. Mary's High School in Independence will close following the 2012-2013 academic year. Parents of students and school officials are interviewed and describe their reactions. Factors...
West High Sale Seems a Bittersweet Development
July 7, 2014
Article announces that the Kansas City School District has approved a redevelopment plan for the West High School complex located at 20th Street and Madison Avenue. Details of the plan, which included...
'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down
June 4, 2010
Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...
Painful History of Segregation Worth Remembering for KC School District
January 3, 2011
Article describes a school district map showing segregated school boundary lines of Kansas City Public Schools. Maurice Smith, son of the teacher who originally owned the map, recognized its historical...
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....
Learning Gap Remains
January 20, 2013
Article describes demographic shifts in Kansas City area public schools. The achievement gap between whites and minority students is focused upon. Representatives from various school districts are interviewed...
Two KC Schools Starting New Eras
August 30, 2010
Article describes the changes and challenges facing Central High School and the Southwest Early College Campus as they enter the 2010-2011 school year. Central opens as a "reconstituted" school with a...
They've All Fought This Battle Before
February 20, 2010
Article describes the controversy raised by Kansas City School District Superintendent John Covington when he announced the potential closing of 30 schools. The article discusses past attempts to close...
The Halfway Point
January 16, 2011
Article describes the state of the Kansas City Missouri School District seven months after the closure of 24 schools. Students that were profiled when the closures occurred were interviewed again about...
A 'Whirlwind' is Coming
May 7, 2009
Article profiles John Covington who was chosen unanimously to be the new Superintendant of Schools for the Kansas City School District. Covington comes to Kansas City from Pueblo, Colorado, and is a graduate...
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...
Squeezed by the State
June 27, 2013
Article reports on efforts by supporters to save the Gordon Parks Elementary School (3715 Wyoming St). State legislators have decided not to renew the school's charter after determining that it has underperformed...
District's Learning as It Sells Schools
June 9, 2009
Article reports on efforts by the Kansas City, Missouri, School District to sell several vacant properties. The Old Faxon, Bancroft, and Norman school buildings have been sold and negotiations are underway...
Despite Deep Cuts, KC Still Strained
May 15, 2012
Article reports on the ongoing financial difficulties of the Kansas City Missouri School District. Despite deep cuts to the budget and jobs over the last four years, more trimming may be necessary. The...
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...
New Ways of Learning
October 5, 2010
Five Kansas City district schools are “pioneering a revolutionary standards-based system,” that puts children in classes not based on age-level but on what they have learned. “Leveled” classes...
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