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Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 1, 2016

January 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Wednesday, February 1, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in the Superintendent's Conference Room on the third floor of the Kansas City, Kansas Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

In addition ot regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on a request for overnight student travel and to recess into executive session under the following exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

(a)     Non-Elected Personnel Matters
         - To protect the privacy interest of an identifiable individual(s).

Dated this 28th day of January 2016.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Kansas-Bred Rock Group is Bringing Their Music and Important Lessons to J.C. Harmon Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

Using the power of a live rock performance and their own personal story, the band Gooding will provide students at J.C. Harmon High School with valuable life lessons about finance and discipline to help them see their own dreams as possibilities.

Gooding will present its "Funding the Future" program at the school on Thursday, April 24 at an all-school assembly beginning at 1:20 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by American Digital Security (ADT).

"Funding the Future" is a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback program, that focuses on predatory lending, the danger of credit card debt and saving early. Guitarist/singer and namesake Gooding and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have traveled to dozens of middle and high schools to spread this important message to students. Their talk includes exposing the myth of rock stars, athletes and actors who sell the false image of overnight success.

The LA-based/Kansas-bred power trio is proud to bring their music and important lessons to Kansas students.

For more information on Gooding and "Funding the Future" go to http://www.goodingmusic.com.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special joint meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas City, Kansas Community College Board of Trustees is hereby called for Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the Kansas City, Kansas Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

The purpose and business of such special meeting shall be a joint inservice and discussion between the Board of Education and the Board of Trustees to include an update on current initiatives and programs and plans to establish common targets to support the Diploma+ Initiative.

Dated this 25h day of January 2016.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - September 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2014

Contact: Susan Westfahl, Clerk of the Board, (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on the Human Resources Report and Recommendations , to review proposed revisions to Board policy and to meet with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Foundation Board for discussion regarding support of the public libraries.

Dated this 15th day of September, 2014.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Inaccurate Data Analysis Defames KCKPS Progress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: David Smith, chief of staff (913) 279-2240

The public is being asked to think twice before believing any national and regional rankings of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) that appear on the internet. In the past few months, inaccurate analysis of data has been used to misrepresent the progress of KCKPS. The public is encouraged to review any such reports skeptically and to confirm the data for themselves.

Most ranking reports show successes and failures of public schools based on standardized state tests. The reports analyze the data from those tests, and compile lists to show best, worst and most improved. However, two years ago KCKPS sought a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) in order to replace the state test with the ACT exam. Because KCKPS is using a different test at the high school level, KCKPS data cannot be compared to other districts. The change was made in order to provide a more rigorous and meaningful measure of progress.

“We not only want our students to be successful in school, but also after they graduate, and we knew that the state assessments were not giving them a true measure of their preparedness for college and careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane.

KCKPS began administering the ACT as its state accountability exam in 2012. All 11th grade students take the ACT and all 8th grade students take the EXPLORE.

While students across the nation take the ACT for college entrance, it is not administered as a whole to the entire student population; therefore comparing KCKPS with other districts using ACT scores also is not accurate.

“Comparing our district’s data with another’s would be like comparing apples to oranges,” Lane said.

Language posted on KSDE’s state report card site states, “USD 500 Kansas City received a waiver from the US Department of Education which permitted the district to use the ACT and EXPLORE assessments instead of the Kansas reading, mathematics and science assessments in grades 8 and 11.”

KCKPS has made tremendous progress in the last 17 years, progress that has been recognized nationally and that has made KCKPS a leader in school reform.

“Our district has made tremendous gains in student achievement over the last 17 years,” Lane said. “These misleading reports damage our reputation and undermine the hard work and progress of our students and staff.”

For accurate data on the district’s progress, the public should review KSDE report cards online through their website at www.ksde.org (click on Kansas K-12 Report Cards).

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242