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Nodaway News » Maryville High earns ‘Gold Star’ honors

Nodaway News » Maryville High earns ‘Gold Star’ honors

I don't see any Lee's Summit schools on this list.


Other selected schools were:  Bradleyville High School, Bradleyville Lindbergh Senior High School, St. LouisCenter Senior High School, Kansas CityCrane High School, CranePark Hill South High School, Kansas CityLawson High School, LawsonValley Park Senior High School, Valley Park

“These eight high schools are noteworthy examples of excellence in education across the state of Missouri,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “

Mo. ruling makes school harassment cases easier

Human Rights Petition: To the New Jersey Legislature and Congress: Pass legislation so that teachers who bully children are immediately fired | Change.org

A Statement from Secretary Sebelius on the Administration for Community Living

Teacher accused of abusing special ed students | lentini, engler, james - News - The Orange County Register

Leake & Watts boy's death: 'I can't breathe,' boy shouts after staffers piled onto him, witness says | The Journal News | LoHud.com | LoHud.com

Welcome to the United States Department of Justice

Welcome to the United States Department of Justice

Departments of Justice and Education Resolve Harassment Allegations in Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota

Voters asked to give more to schools | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

Voters asked to give more to schools | The Columbia Daily Tribune - Columbia, Missouri

If the tax hike is approved, Columbia would rank fourth for highest tax levy ceilings among 12 other Missouri districts of comparable size. Only rates in the Hazelwood, Lee's Summit and Blue Springs districts — with ceilings of $5.34, $5.21 and $5.13 per $100 of assessed valuation, respectively — are higher, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Ceilings in other districts in Boone County are all lower than the Columbia rate, with the next-highest rates in Southern Boone County and Sturgeon, both around $3.72. Jefferson City has a $3.76 ceiling.

Mo. House backs cheating analysis for tests

seMissourian.com: Local News: DESE, Jackson release details on MAP 'testing irregularity' (04/06/12)

Property tax dollars not in R-III turf budget - Kirksville, MO - Kirksville Daily Express

Property tax dollars not in R-III turf budget - Kirksville, MO - Kirksville Daily Express

Why are our schools putting turf on football fields when our children aren't receiving the education and services that they are entitled to? My district did this same thing. I know what the experts are going to say. The capital fund is different than the general fund. I get it. But, it is time that the formula changes and all monies go to educationfirst and with any extra going for this sort of thing.

R-7 should not appeal injunction

Dr. McGehee Doesn't Want Voters To Choose

Balagna appointed to school board

Maybe he is afraid that he wouldn't get the job if the voters decided his fate and salary.


Earlier in the meeting, the district’s superintendent, David McGehee, told the board he had added another category of state legislation he is tracking in Jefferson City: “attacks on educators.”

Both the Missouri House and Senate have been discussing bills that would require public school superintendents to be elected rather than hired by boards of education and would cap superintendents’ salaries.


“These types of attacks on school administrators are likely to continue as long as we are fighting to stop bills that create vouchers and open enrollment,” both of which could be harmful to public schools, McGehee said.

Dr. McGehee Doesn't Want To Be Voted In

Balagna appointed to school board

Maybe he is afraid that he wouldn't get the job if the voters decided his fate and salary.

Earlier in the meeting, the district’s superintendent, David McGehee, told the board he had added another category of state legislation he is tracking in Jefferson City: “attacks on educators.”
Both the Missouri House and Senate have been discussing bills that would require public school superintendents to be elected rather than hired by boards of education and would cap superintendents’ salaries.

“These types of attacks on school administrators are likely to continue as long as we are fighting to stop bills that create vouchers and open enrollment,” both of which could be harmful to public schools, McGehee said.

Letter From Psychologist

September 20, 2006
Mrs. Sherri Tucker
Dear Mrs. Tucker:

I am writing pursuant to our telephone conversation of 9/20/06. As you know, I recently evaluated Jacob in August of 2006. At that time, I did diagnose him with Asperger Disorder as well as having Attention Deficit Disorder and Dysgraphia.
I am writing regarding his anxiety and frustration with physical education. It has been my experience that many youngsters with Asperger's Disorder have particular difficulty with physical education class.
In Jacob's specific case, I would recommend that he be excused from this if at all possible due to the mental/emotional toll and the likelihood of spurring on other problems. Jacob certainly is prone to anxiety and can have behavioral reactions in response to this also.
To summarize, I am recommending that Jacob be excused from physical education classes, and I think this would make for a much smoother school year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I will look forward to seeing Jake in …

And The Abuse Keeps Coming

Let me preface this by saying that the Lee’s Summit R7 District Autism Consultant talked me into putting Jake in this class.  The reason was that they had no other classes that he could take during that class period.  I was not in support of this, but felt that I should trust the “experts”.  That was very unwise of me.  Let me also stress that Jake has never had a para and the para that they refer to is in the class to help all students.
From: <Cathy.Zornes@leesummit.k12.mo.us> To: <cutucker@earthlink.net> Date: 10/4/2006 10:32:19 AM Subject: Jacob
Hey there. Jacob had a presentation that didn't go very well yesterday. They were supposed to read a poem making changes in his voice. His para worked with him the day before trying to get him to practice with her, and he was not very cooperative. The rest of the kids did this in groups, but he wanted to work on his own. I was also unsuccessful at getting him to rehearse aloud which is the only way you can really prepare for this…

The Emotional And Psychological Abuse of an Autistic Student

I would like to make sure that we all have a clear understanding of the meeting that took place yesterday. It was scheduled on September 19, 2006. The attendees were Sherri Tucker, Diane Stark (sister of Sherri and employee of Children's Mercy Hospital since 1981), Todd Wilson, Kim Berkstresser, and Suzanne Vleisides.  Jannette Cooley attended half of the meeting. I need a copy of the schools' minutes for this meeting. Please correct me on any items that I am mistaken on.
The meeting was called to discuss the modifications that should be made to Jacob Tucker's IEP. He has modifications in every class and his mother felt that he needed modifications in PE. She has done a great deal of research on this subject and has offered the information to all that were involved in this meeting, with the exception of Ms. Cooley.
The following emails precipitated the meeting:
To "Todd Wilson" 09/19/2006 08:22 <todd.wilson@leesummit.k12.mo.us> Cc  Kim Berkstresser <kim.berkst…

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