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Of the 560 bills introduced in the legislature in 2022, 114 were passed by both chambers. Of those, 100 became law.
Sean Stalling, executive director of DeLaSalle Education Center, said students’ use of electronic devices has detracted from teaching, contributed to bullying and fights and gotten students kicked out of internships.
The events of the past few months have led district leaders to examine what went wrong with its community engagement and what it can do better going forward.
The district would put on hold some plans for academic improvements that were supposed to be funded by the cost savings brought by additional school closures, such as elementary school science labs and foreign language classrooms.
This school year, students could receive as much as $6,375 each if they had eligible expenses that high. That’s equal to the baseline of funds the state thinks each public school student should receive.
In all, at least 140 bills related to education were filed before and on Jan. 4, the first day of the legislative session. Not all of those bills will receive a committee hearing, and many will likely be amended over the next few months.
Specific proposals would increase minimum teacher salaries, provide additional funding for early childhood education and protect schools from the financial burden of some lawsuits from the state attorney general.
Often framed as ways to increase “school choice” for families, proposals to spread charter schools to more of the state, let students more easily transfer to public school districts they don’t live in or receive financial support for private school tuition and homeschooling aren’t new.
The next legislative session starts Jan. 4, but representatives and senators are already filing the proposed laws that they will debate during the first months of 2023.
KCPS enrollment isn’t back to pre-pandemic levels. And some members of the public think the district needs to do a better job of promoting its accreditation status and other assets.
District leaders have said that a major motivation is improving teacher retention and recruitment amid a shortage of educators.
Experts on university finances say the explanation Rockhurst has provided for the deficit — low enrollment — is a common source of money troubles at private universities, and a situation from which it’s possible to recover.
The board has received advice that families of children with disabilities or those who have only elementary-age students might struggle the most with a four-day week.
La propuesta de KCPS para cerrar 10 escuelas y mejorar las actividades académicas depende del apoyo de la comunidad
Las Escuelas Públicas de Kansas City están proponiendo una reorganización de gran alcance que cerraría 10 escuelas, construiría o expandiría otras y según los líderes, liberaría fondos para objetivos académicos.
Whittier Elementary School at 1012 Bales Ave. serves as an important neighborhood resource and point of unity and has provided quality education for a diverse immigrant population, several said during public comment at a Kansas City Public Schools board meeting Nov. 16.
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