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 time". Read more on NPR.
The Hechinger Report Wondering what the impact of universal pre-k is on a city's youngest learners? Many parents and alumni of San Antonio's city-funded PreK initiative are arguing that the school's curriculum sets their children up to be collaborative, engaged learners--despite what district and political opposers say. Since 2013, the tax-credit approved program has educated nearly 8,000 learners in it's four education centers. City officials are skeptical, wondering if the program … read more
Channel 41 Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a law that would give school districts the option to add time to the school day instead of snow days at the end of the school year. Read more at KSHB, Channel 41.
NPR Some parents have a strict policy on screen time, while others are a bit more lenient. Where do you stand when it comes to technology usage in the home? Is it different because it's summer? Read how a few different experts handle screen time in their homes at NPR.
KMST A new bill signed by Gov. Mike Parson grants Missouri charter schools permission to give preference to struggling students in it's lottery admissions system. Before the change, the only preference schools could have were based on gender -- like being an all girls school-- or geographical location. Now, schools whose mission is to serve disadvantaged students may give preference to high risk students. Charter school leaders believe this will … read more
KCPS The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors has taken the important step of adopting an equity policy for KCPS that affirms its commitment to providing each student with the necessary educational supports to reach his or her highest potential. Read more on their news site.
Washington Post Seven prominent private schools in the D.C. area plan to eliminate Advanced Placement classes over the next four years, asserting in an unusual joint statement Monday that the program has “diminished utility,” is not necessary for college-bound students and puts too much emphasis on speedy absorption of course material and memorization. Read more about this at the Washington Post.
KCUR Ahead of a state-mandated redistricting of school board seats, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Education has put forth its own map suggesting how the boundaries should be drawn. Read about this map and the others presented by the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners at KCUR.