Write-in can­di­dates are announc­ing cam­paigns to become mem­bers of the KCPS school board. Do the Right Thing For Kids again refers you to the edi­to­r­ial in the February 25, 2012 issue of The Kansas City Star [“Break with the past and restruc­ture the school board”] which endorses a new sys­tem of gov­er­nance made pos­si­ble by state leg­is­la­tion to form a panel to appoint mem­bers of a smaller school board. The pro­posed panel would be the mayor of Kansas City, the chan­cel­lor of the Metropolitan Community College and the dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. While most of the write-in can­di­dates have demon­strated inter­est in com­mu­nity issues, their cal­iber of expe­ri­ence does not appear to be con­sis­tently equal to the mag­ni­tude of the task at hand: pro­vid­ing strong and expe­ri­enced lead­er­ship to a school dis­trict des­per­ately in need of rad­i­cal improve­ment. Write-in can­di­dates would have the power to rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity on the basis of only a few votes.

The chil­dren of our com­mu­nity deserve schools that capa­bly serve all of the res­i­dents of its geo­graph­i­cal area. That requires a new per­spec­tive in lead­er­ship. The indi­vid­u­als seek­ing elec­tion as write-in can­di­dates will have other oppor­tu­ni­ties to serve the chil­dren of the dis­trict. The chil­dren will not have another oppor­tu­nity to get a decent education.

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