Data dive: Who are Missouri’s substitute teachers?
Last year, the Missouri legislature reduced the number of college credit hours required to be a substitute teacher from 60 — typical to earn an associate degree — to 36. Substitute teachers can also become certified without college credit hours by taking a 20-hour training course.
Scholarships, tuition, transgender athletes: What’s changing in Kansas education law
New Kansas education laws will allow private school and home-schooled students to access more publicly funded resources and will create a new scholarship for adult learners in high-demand fields.
Missouri education bills reach governor’s desk, potential changes ahead
Amid a legislative session marked by infighting, most education bills stalled. But a few of the ideas for changing education may soon be signed into law.
What schools closing in Kansas City means for children, families and neighborhoods
Several Kansas City schools, and the communities they serve, are also making plans for school closures as the 2022-23 academic year wraps up.
William Jewell students to launch documentary series on college ties to slavery
The SMJP is producing a documentary series titled “Untold Stories of Slavery and Resistance” about their slavery research, with plans to release the first episode the week of May 8 on YouTube.
Commission recommends renaming Jewell Hall after enslaved people who built it
A commission created to study William Jewell College’s historical ties to slavery recommends renaming Jewell Hall, its oldest building, to honor the enslaved people who built it. The commission’s recommendations, finalized earlier this month, not only include renaming Jewell Hall, but also updating the college’s history to address slavery, bringing more Black faculty and writers…
How good is my school district? Making sense of Missouri’s new scoring system
The scores sum up the annual performance reports that DESE puts out most years as part of its Missouri School Improvement Program to evaluate districts and identify areas for improvement.
The foundation seeking to spread Christian education with state support
An examination of its public statements and partnerships shows a foundation that has aligned itself with conservative figures, awarded grants to schools that exclude LGBTQ students and families, and funded science teacher training that promotes a literal interpretation of the Biblical creation story in opposition to scientific consensus on evolution.
The votes are in for 2023 Kansas City-area school board elections
Here’s a look at the preliminary results from the April 4 election. The Beacon published Q&As with many of the candidates ahead of the elections, so follow the links to learn more about the winners.
Seven questions with the 2023 North Kansas City school board candidates
The Kansas City Beacon invited all candidates to participate in a virtual school board forum March 16. Wagner, Stoflet and Mercer attended.
What happens when there are no KCPS school board candidates on the ballot?
Two candidates, Monica Curls and Jay Gray, have declared as write-in candidates, according to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners.
Meet your 2023 Raytown school board candidates
Seven candidates will appear on the ballot: Shaun Bryant, Madelyne Douglas, Jules Sneddon, Michael Watson Jr., Torrence Kelley, Nodie Newton III and Rick Moore.
These are the priorities for the 2023 Liberty school board candidates
Five candidates — Angela Reed, AJ Byrd, Kira Montuori, Brian Ahart and Amanda Beers — responded to the questionnaire.
Five questions with your 2023 Lee’s Summit R-7 school board candidates
Ahead of the April 4 election, The Kansas City Beacon sent five questions to each candidate, asking why they’re the right person to serve on the board and how they’ll tackle the district’s challenges.
Meet the Hickman Mills school board candidates
Four candidates — Irene Kendrick, Brandon Wright, Byron Townsend and Clifford Ragan — have filed to run for three seats.
Where have all the candidates gone? Several KC-area school districts cancel elections
“It could mean that people are satisfied, so they don’t bother running,” said Vladimir Kogan, an associate professor of political science at Ohio State University. “It could mean that they have no idea what’s going on.”
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