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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Morgan McPartland teacher of Carver

May 4-8, 2020, is Teacher Appreciation Week. Everything we do in Kansas City Public Schools revolves around the relationships between our teachers and our students. I want to express my gratitude for the work our teachers do every day.

Academics

Easy Reference Guide

KCPS
Kansas City Public Schools
KCPS (formerly Kansas City, Missouri School District, or KCMSD) is the public school district that serves the residents within Kansas City, Missouri. KCPS is not contiguous with the boundaries of the City of Kansas City. Many areas that have been annexed by Kansas City over the years are within the borders of 11 "suburban" districts.

ECE
Early Childhood Education
ECE and preschool are used interchangeably and refer to school programs that serve children ages 0 to 5.

GT
Gifted and Talented
GT activities challenge students whose demonstrated abilities, talents and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional that they require special programs to meet their learning needs.

CTE
Career and Technical Education
CTE offers both academic and career-oriented courses and provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience through internships, job shadowing, on-the-job training, and industry-certification opportunities.

IB
International Baccalaureate Education
IB is a challenging, globally-focused program that promotes well-rounded students who are well prepared for college.

ELL
English Language Learners
The ELL program is designed to teach students who speak languages other than English how to understand, speak, read and write in English and to support students’ culture and language whenever possible.

SPED
Special Education
SPED or exceptional education is a form of learning provided to students with exceptional needs, such as students with learning or physical disabilities.

ELO
Extended Learning Opportunities
ELO supports schools in providing opportunities for students to be successful within and outside the traditional learning environment.

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