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200 Sprint Employees x $50k + Scuola=Play!
September 2, 2004
Feature story of how about 217 Sprint employees and supporters of the Scuola Vita Nuova charter school joined together to clean up and fix up the school's playground. School is located at the corner of...
A Report Card on Local Schools
September 18, 2011
The annual publication of the performance reports of Missouri public school districts included charter schools for the first time. A chart, "Scoring Area Schools," lists standards met by Cass, Clay, Jackson,...
A Stellar Education Ahead...Allons-y!
November 19, 2014
Profile of the French-immersion school Academie Lafayette, described as an "urban success story" due to the high standardized test scores of its students. The school was established in 1999 as a public...
Academie Lafayette Prepares Students for Successful Futures
March 28-April 3, 2008
Academie Lafayette, at 69th and Oak Streets, is a French-language charter school. Students at the school "consistently exceed the state average on the Missouri Assessment Program despite learning the material...
Another Test for Southwest Charter
After April election charter school faces uncertain fate.
Brookside Charter Adds Middle School
July 4, 2007
Brookside Charter School will add middle school grades and the first year of high school in 2007. Brookside Frontier Math and Science School currently teaches kindergarten through sixth grade in the former...
Building on Tradition: New School Construction in Northeast
March 24, 2004
Charter school, Scuola Vita Nuova, breaks ground for a 5,000 square foot addition to the school on Independence Avenue. The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will move into the new $750,000 classroom...
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.
Charter School Condemnation Threat
March 8, 2006
The Della Lamb Charter School located in the former YMCA building at 10th and Charlotte has become involved in the East Village redevelopment plan. The land may be condemned and the charter school will...
Charter Supporters Develop Plans for Westport Schools
Discusses plans for transforming Westport Junior and Senior High schools into charter schools by August of 1999.
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...
Corporate Education Comes to Westport
Discusses the establishment of a corporately-owned charter school at the former Westport Junior High and High Schools and at the former Westport Allen Center.
Discusses ongoing issues with the running of Scuola Vita Nuova, located in the historic Northeast district of Kansas City, its principal Gina Valente, and allegations of discrimination againse learning...
Derrick Thomas Academy Improves Charter School Image
August 3 - 16, 2006
Leah Martisko, principal at Derrick Thomas Academy, is working hard to change the image of charter schools. The school, located at 201 E. Armour Boulevard, has high academic standards for its students...
Derrick Thomas Academy: The Other Side of the Story
November 30-December 6, 2012
Article details the closing of the Derrick Thomas Academy in November of 2012. Dr. Terita McCauley, the school's final administrator, is interviewed and describes her experience of being fired after 90...
Frontier School of Innovation Expands in Second Year
August 4, 2010
Article reports on the expansion of the Frontier School of Innovation located in the industrial park area of the East Bottoms district. The charter school has a math and science focused curriculum and...
GCI Acquires Douglas School Building
April 12-18, 2012
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. (GCI) has acquired the Douglas Elementary School building (2640 Bellevue) from the Kansas City, Missouri School District for $625,000. GCI plans to relocate the Alta Vista Charter...
Group Pushes To Save Temple From Demolition
Article details the current controversy over the demolition of the 35 year old Temple B'Nai Jehudah located at 69th Street and Holmes Road. The Helzberg Foundation owns the property and intends to raze...
Halls of Progress, Promise
January 5, 2009
Article describes Alta Vista High School, a charter school on Kansas City's West Side primarily consisting of Latino students. Alta Vista promotes a college education program and works with community partners...
Improving Education by Natural Selection
Discusses the reasons for and potential ramifications of implementing charter schools in Kansas City.
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