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  • What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?

    The Atlantic A school is more than just a school. Ultimately, it is a foundation for the future and a reflection of societal values. “Diverse approaches to education encourage people to think differently when they reach adulthood, leading to developments in business, industry, and the arts,” said Donna Orem, the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. “Would America be as creative if all the schools in the country … read more
  • Kansas City Charter High School Planned For Girls Only

    KCUR Can an all-girls charter school with a college prep curriculum help young women of color in Kansas City’s poorest neighborhoods succeed? Read the answer and more at KCUR.
  • Crossroads Academy Finds Downtown Home for 600-Student Prep School

    CityScene KC The Crossroads Academy has found a permanent home for its long-awaited downtown high school, the historic Thayer Building at 816 Broadway. Read the whole story at CityScene KC.
  • Bedell shares KCPS vision at Northeast Middle School

    Northeast News “The work of improvement requires being intentional, being considerate, and it also requires a lot of communication,” Bedell said. “Too often people come in and they do these strategic plans, and then it just collects dust.” Read more at Northeast News.  
  • Kansas City Public Schools And Coalition In Talks On Middle School At Southwest High

    KCUR “To me, what’s going to get support in that neighborhood is a middle school that could grow into a high school with a signature component,” Superintendent Mark Bedell said Monday in a South Zone School committee meeting of the KCPS Board of Education. Read more at KCUR.
  • Greitens wants more charters. Will that choke the life out of KC district schools?

    Kansas City Star Counting district and charter schools, the Kansas City public school landscape is jam-packed with 82 public elementary, middle and high schools in an area populated with about 26,000 school-age children. Read more at the Star.
  • Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

    The Atlantic: And there’s the fact that, regardless of socioeconomic status, some parents go to great lengths to seek out effective schools for their children, while others accept the status quo at the school around the corner. Read the full story in The Atlantic.
  • Third-grade Reading Proficiency: There’s work to do

    Kansas City Mayor's Office When the National Civic League named Kansas City, Missouri, an All-America City for progress in third-grade reading proficiency, it signaled that we’re on the right path. But we’re not done yet. In the coming year, we must keep our foot on the pedal to remove barriers, expand opportunities, and continue building cross-sector collaboration to achieve third-grade reading proficiency for all kids in our community. Read more … read more
  • Teaching Introverted Students: How a 'Quiet Revolution' Is Changing Classroom Practice

    Ed Week At the end of each lesson, when 2nd grade teacher Erin Pawlak asked her students at P.S. 11 in New York City to reflect on their reading or share a successful strategy, the same hands would shoot up.  Read more at Ed Week.