Chris Nicastro http://kcur.org en New Group Pits Kansas City School Reformers Against State Efforts http://kcur.org/post/new-group-pits-kansas-city-school-reformers-against-state-efforts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A collective of Kansas City organizations and public school parents have joined to petition the Missouri Board of Education to stop a study looking at changes for the unaccredited Kansas City schools.</span></p><p></p><p>The Coalition for Quality Public Education&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">includes the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and NAACP. The group&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wants to end the study by the Indianapolis-based research group&nbsp;</span>CEE-Trust<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:28:15 +0000 Dan Verbeck 48626 at http://kcur.org New Group Pits Kansas City School Reformers Against State Efforts Missouri Education Board President Defends Nicastro Amid Email Controversy http://kcur.org/post/missouri-education-board-president-defends-nicastro-amid-email-controversy <p>The president of the Missouri board of education is criticizing groups that are calling for Missouri Education Commissioner, Chris Nicastro, to resign. Meanwhile, one of those lawmakers says the Kansas City district has no voice on the state board.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Steve Bell 48082 at http://kcur.org Missouri Education Board President Defends Nicastro Amid Email Controversy Legislators Call For Resignation Of Missouri Education Commissioner http://kcur.org/post/legislators-call-resignation-missouri-education-commissioner <p>Two members of the Missouri General Assembly are calling on elementary and secondary education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign. They think Nicastro has lost the public’s trust.</p><p>In a written statement, House member Genise Montecillo and Sen. Paul LeVota, both Democrats, say Nicastro has, “demonstrated a troubling tendency to abuse power.”</p><p>Montecillo specifically accuses Nicastro of releasing inaccurate information regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to do away with teacher tenure.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:16:27 +0000 Marshall Griffin 47488 at http://kcur.org Mo. Education Commissioner Defends Accreditation Recommendation http://kcur.org/post/mo-education-commissioner-defends-accreditation-recommendation <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 16.5pt;">The hopes of Kansas City Public School officials were dashed last month when Missouri Education Commissioner Chris </span>Nicastro<span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 16.5pt;"> recommended the district remain unaccredited. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:28:27 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Matthew Long-Middleton 44968 at http://kcur.org Mo. Education Commissioner Defends Accreditation Recommendation Mo. Education Leader: Transfer Law Cripples Unaccredited Schools http://kcur.org/post/mo-education-leader-transfer-law-cripples-unaccredited-schools <p>A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri&#39;s school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (</span>DESE<span style="line-height: 1.5;">)Commissioner Chris&nbsp;</span>Nicastro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state&#39;s unaccredited school districts.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:34:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 44556 at http://kcur.org Mo. Education Leader: Transfer Law Cripples Unaccredited Schools Reaccreditation Hopes Dashed For Kansas City Schools http://kcur.org/post/reaccreditation-hopes-dashed-kansas-city-schools <p>Missouri&#39;s Commissioner of Education notified Kansas City Schools Superintendent Steve Green Thursday that she would not recommend changing the district&#39;s accreditation. The schools were classified unaccredited in 2012.</p><p>Commissioner Chris NiCastro noted improved student performance, but she said one year of advances is not enough.</p><p>The&nbsp; accreditation is on the Missouri Sate Board of Education meeting agenda in October.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:46:36 +0000 Dan Verbeck 44288 at http://kcur.org Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools http://kcur.org/post/pros-and-cons-mayoral-takeover-schools <p>Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a <a href=" http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kcur/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1882382/KCUR.News/Mayor.and.School.Board.President.Convene.Discussions.About.District.Governance " target="_blank">press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall</a>, school board president Airick Leonard West said that&#39;s changing.<br /> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:02:03 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 8859 at http://kcur.org Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools http://kcur.org/post/lessons-takeover-st-louis-public-schools <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d85641b3eb5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d85641b3eb5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d85641b3eb5-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-992796.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The history of the Kansas City Missouri school board over the past few decades has been marked by internal fighting and micro-managing, leading to a revolving door of superintendents. But by most accounts, the school board has been healing itself over the past few years. It's a far cry from the turmoil in the St. Louis school board, just before the state took over in 2007.</p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 21:50:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 8372 at http://kcur.org Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools