Opinion

“Kansas City schools need to improve dramatically”

April 16, 2014

It makes me sad that noth­ing seems to improve for Kansas City pub­lic schools, except the devel­op­ment of of a few suc­cess­ful char­ters. Some of the can­di­dates run­ning for school board may be spend­ing a lot of energy argu­ing for a pub­lic school sys­tem that doesn’t seem inter­ested in imple­ment­ing rad­i­cal changes.

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Do The Right Thing For Kids Position on the School Turnaround Plans

January 24, 2014

Change is dif­fi­cult for every­one, but with­out a dra­matic change in the approach to pub­lic edu­ca­tion, the chil­dren of our city will con­tinue to be neglected and their futures will con­tinue to be severely lim­ited or even destroyed. It is time for the State Board to be cre­ative and demand a new approach. Those resist­ing sig­nif­i­cant change need to put the stu­dents’ needs above self-interests includ­ing con­cerns about jobs and control.

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News

Our Challenge to the School Board

December 5, 2014KCPS In the News, Uncategorized

We chal­lenge the cit­i­zens of Kansas City not to ignore the stu­dents of Kansas City Public Schools and to insist that every child in every class­room receives an edu­ca­tion that will equip them with skills needed for post high school train­ing, col­lege and careers.

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Our Challenge to the School Board

May 6, 2014KCPS In the News

In spite of the PR hyper­bole, the dis­trict is in dire straits—enrollment is falling, stu­dents are likely to con­tinue to trans­fer, way too many stu­dents are grad­u­at­ing who can­not read and do math, good teach­ers are get­ting dis­cour­aged and leav­ing, and pub­lic con­fi­dence is low (7% turn out to vote). We need a com­pre­hen­sive plan for reform, with pri­or­i­ties. No excuses. Let’s get at it!

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Take Action

Contact Information for Dr. Nicastro, State Board of Education, Missouri Legislators, Governor Nixon and Missouri Legislature Joint Committee on Education

January 26, 2014

Contact Information for Dr. Nicastro, State Board of Education, Missouri Legislators, Governor Nixon and Missouri Legislature Joint Committee on Education

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Kansas City Public Schools at the Crossroads – Again

July 23, 2013

We urge con­cerned cit­i­zens to read the two bills and be heard at pub­lic meet­ings where there will be an abun­dance of dis­trict employ­ees and friends urg­ing that the State to leave us alone because “local con­trol is the best solu­tion.” Question: Why hasn’t it worked for almost 40 years?

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