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Kansas City area graduations postponed amid COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 closed schools, ended sport seasons, canceled proms and all but rendered senior year celebrations kaput for the class of 2020. But one way or another, Kansas City area districts say they will save grad...

 

Kansas professors help with COVID-19 tests at state's lab

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Working with infectious materials is nothing new for Robert DeLong. "Basically I'm a lab rat,'' said the Kansas State University professor, a researcher in veterinary medicine. Before landing on a college campus, he had wor...

 

Only 1% of 100K teachers in Missouri, Kansas are black men

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Charles King remembers in his third year teaching a parent called him aside and told him to be more authentic, to let some of his roots show because the black students in that urban Houston school needed to know he was one...

 

Ex-student demands apology from Rockhurst High for paddling

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kelly Gerling says he was a Rockhurst High School freshman when he was called to school on a Saturday to work off a discipline demerit — by fighting another student. It was 1967-68 school year, and Vice Principal Ron...

 

Kansas students create device for disabled teen musician

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The sweet sound of piano music engulfed the Burke family's Shawnee home. In their family room one recent afternoon, Heidi Burke sat atop a blue velvet ottoman pulled up to the upright piano. Heidi, 14, was born without the...

 

For high schoolers, rapper karate champ is cool teacher

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — Calm, cool and confident, Shawnee Mission East High School teacher David Muhammad is among the most skilled martial artists in the world and the No.1 seed on this year's U.S. Karate team. But Muhammad, 32, knows he has...

 

Kansas City students learn moves from professional dancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The rhythmic crack and pop of Brazilian drums filled a classroom at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, and students dressed in dance attire began to sway, shimmy and tap their feet against the hardwood floor....

 

Report ranks Kansas schools high, but cautions that a fall could come

TOPEKA (August 26, 2016 ) – Kansas schools are among the best in the country, according to a new study, but there are signs that ranking could soon fall. An education report card, released Friday by the Kansas Association of School Boards, touts...

 

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