ACLU: Missouri Schools Still Punishing Black Students More Severely Than White Students

KCUR Some Missouri schools still seen punishing black students more severely than white students. A fall ACLU report found that black students made up 40 percent in out-of-school suspensions, despite them being 16 percent of the total student population receiving special education services. Legislative and policy director of the Missouri ACLU, Sara Baker, believes a … Continued

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report Is eliminating age-based grade levels the key to finally reaching mastery-level competencies? In North Dakota, one district seems to think so. Tasked with the goal to stop grouping students solely by age, they’re adopting competency-based education where students progress through skills and concepts by demonstrating proficiency. Will it work? Learn more at … Continued

State tests don’t have to be disconnected from classroom practice

The Hechinger Report After introducing the ACT as the state test for high school students, Nebraska’s education commissioner, Matthew Blomstedt, is trying to change even more by looking at end of the year assessments for grades third through eighth. According to Blomstedt, the goal should be making improvements towards a truly student-centered education system. Without … Continued

KC charter school closes, leaving parents scrambling to find another option

Kansas City Star For years, Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology struggled to meet state performance expectations. As a result, last October its sponsor, the University of Central Missouri, severed ties with the charter. Its contract expired June 30. Read more at The Star.

Girls-only shop classes spreading

Girls-only trade classes are gaining traction, and the timing is right. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up only 2 percent in auto mechanics, 3 percent of construction workers and 4.5 percent of welders.High schools like Myers Park (Charlotte, NC) have found that when they offer female-only trade courses, the girls sign … Continued

Art project connects metro school with Russian orphans

41 Action News Art project by students from The Pembroke Hill School connects them to Russia. Students in Connie Creek’s art class participated in a project this past January that connected them to children at an orphanage in Russia. The project showcased 11 portraits of children from diverse backgrounds. Despite ongoing controversy, Creek believes the art … Continued

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

NPR In recent years studies have shown more teens are reporting to be battling some form of anxiety. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 32 percent of today’s teens feel persistent hopelessness or sadness. Two authors share how grownups may be to blame–crediting the fault to lack of “play … Continued