In the last sev­er­al weeks pro­pos­als have been made for reform­ing the Kansas City Public Schools, most notably the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust) report [.pdf of January draft avail­able online] request­ed by Missouri State Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris Nicastro. Do The Right Thing for Kids strong­ly believes the Kansas City com­mu­ni­ty should not accept the sta­tus quo in regard to stu­dent achieve­ment with­in the KCPS.

We feel a thor­ough exam­i­na­tion by the State Board of Education of all the cur­rent pro­pos­als is most appro­pri­ate. CEE-Trust, the KCPS, the Regional School Improvement Team, and the area super­in­ten­dents group all pro­pose ways to turn around an under­per­form­ing school sys­tem. An open and thor­ough analy­sis of all pos­si­bil­i­ties just might result in a bold new plan for pub­lic edu­ca­tion in Kansas City. Significant improve­ment in aca­d­e­m­ic per­for­mance has not occurred in 30 years.

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.

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

  1. Jan Parks says:

    Just want­ed to cor­rect infor­ma­tion in today’s post­ing. The State Board of Education will con­sid­er six plans, CEE-Trust, the MO School Administrators,
    the Missouri Charter School Association, KCPS, Riverview Gardens and Normandy.

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