Charter school director sees renaissance in Midtown education as application period continues

Dr. Kristin Droege. The news that two additional charter schools plan to open in Kansas City’s urban core is great news for Kristin Droege, executive director of the Citizens of the World Kansas City school. That public charter will open this ...

Initiative targets students who repeatedly miss school

To deal with the problem of children who chronically miss school, Mayor James and local groups are matching kids up with mentors. The mayor says a new initiative targets students who miss ten percent or more of a school year through absenteeism. ...

Loretto School faced desegration fight in 1947

by Joe Montanari (reprinted from the West Plaza neighborhood newsletter) Traveling east or west on 39th Street, on the southwest corner of 39th and Roanoke Road, one notices a handsome old building known as “The Loretto.” It’s a little ...

School district offering updates on potential student transfers

As the Kansas City School District reacts to a court decision on student transfers, it has put up a special webpage where people can follow new developments. The district is posting frequently asked questions, saying it wants to make sure the ...

Video shows off Academie Lafayette’s Cherry Street playground

Judging from this video, kids are enjoying the new playground features at the Academie Lafayette Charter School in Hyde Park. The school serves kindergarten through second grade students, and the playground is also open to kids in the Hyde ...

UMKC launches Urban Education Research Center

UMKC plans to do research and analysis, share information and work collaboratively to find solutions to urban education problems. To that end, the university is launching a new Urban Education Research Center today. The Center will be part of ...

Mayor wants to refocus community education discussion

With the school district facing continued unaccredited status, the mayor says he’ll get more involved in education. Yesterday, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officially passed on upgrading the district’s status ...

Midtown parents issue RFP for educators, administrators

Midtown parent Kristin Littrell asked those at a meeting last summer to envision the kind of schools they would like to create for Midtown children. The Midtown Community School Initiative has taken a novel – and perhaps unprecedented – ...

Schools district launches community study of attendance boundaries

Some of the issues the community will discuss as part of the Kansas City Public Schools facilities master planning process. Midtown parents and residents have a chance to get involved in a discussion about school attendance boundaries and the ...

Kansas City school district surging forward, superintendent says

The Kansas City School District has emerged from a troubled past and is moving toward full accreditation, school superintendent Steve Green said today. At his annual state of the schools address, he led the audience in chanting, “It’s morning, ...