Seven mem­bers of Do the Right Thing for Kids observed and eval­u­at­ed the November 16, 2011 Kansas City Public School Board busi­ness meet­ing. The first half of the meet­ing involved rec­og­niz­ing stu­dent “super stars” who had out­stand­ing achieve­ments and hear­ing from pre­sen­ters in the pub­lic com­ment por­tion of the meet­ing. Speakers expressed sup­port for the Board as it faces an inter­ven­tion by the State Commissioner of Education. This was fol­lowed by a rather wan­der­ing dis­cus­sion of a pre­sen­ta­tion and request­ed pol­i­cy change by the chair of the District Advisory Committee. Unfortunately, none of the Board mem­bers had seen a copy of the pro­posed pol­i­cy change—nor had the audi­ence. Even though the dis­cus­sion of the pol­i­cy clear­ly had to be post­poned until board mem­bers could read the pro­posed changes, the dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued for some 15 min­utes. After approv­ing “con­sent” items on the agen­da the meet­ing con­clud­ed a 7:15 p.m.

The pre­vi­ous evening the Commissioner of Education had urged the Board to focus on three major ini­tia­tives most like­ly to moved the District toward accred­i­ta­tion. DTRT observers were some­what sur­prised that there was no dis­cus­sion of aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment, accred­i­ta­tion or goal pri­or­i­ties. Caught up with­in the frame­work of the Policy Governance sys­tem, the Board did not work on the issues that most observers would believe to be of high­est pri­or­i­ty.

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