accreditation http://kcur.org en Gov. Nixon To Veto Student Transfer Bill With Private Option http://kcur.org/post/gov-nixon-veto-student-transfer-bill-private-option <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to veto legislation that would have allowed students in the unaccredited Kansas City school district to transfer to private schools.</p><p>In a statement Friday, Nixon blasted state lawmakers for failing to fix the current school transfer law.</p><p>“Throughout the legislative session I repeatedly made it clear that any effort to send public dollars to private schools through a voucher program would be met by my veto pen,” Nixon said.&nbsp;“The General Assembly ignored my warnings, and this veto will be the result.”</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:29:06 +0000 Elle Moxley 56225 at http://kcur.org Gov. Nixon To Veto Student Transfer Bill With Private Option School Board VP Says Hickman Mills Has A Plan To Fix District http://kcur.org/post/school-board-vp-says-hickman-mills-has-plan-fix-district <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Hickman Mills school district in Kansas City, Mo., is battling back from a critical state audit that found financial and management issues. Now the next step for the district is winning back its full accreditation – which slipped to provisional status last year. Hickman Mills Board Vice President, Dan Osman, says they have a plan.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Peggy Lowe 52874 at http://kcur.org New Plan Eases Threat Of Kansas City Schools Takeover http://kcur.org/post/new-plan-eases-threat-kansas-city-schools-takeover <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Missouri is no longer threatening a quick take-over of the Kansas City school district.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The state's latest proposal instead centers around performance contracts, advice and financial help from the state and a five-tiered school performance ranking system. If an unaccredited district like Kansas City's fails to meet its goals, it would fall to the lowest, or “lapsed” category and likely be taken over by the state.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Steve Bell 51482 at http://kcur.org Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts http://kcur.org/post/missouri-school-board-ponders-how-improve-unaccredited-districts <span style="line-height: 1.5;">JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.</span><p>But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.<p>Board president Peter Herschend of Branson said the mai Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:16:59 +0000 Dale Singer 51098 at http://kcur.org Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts Controversy Brews With Court Ruling, KCMO School Plans http://kcur.org/post/controversy-brews-court-ruling-kcmo-school-plans <p>You might have guessed that the Kansas City, Mo., schools aren’t happy with the recent ruling that will make them pay for students transferring outside their district. Now, they’re channeling that fury through the courts.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss the details of that and take a look at the controversial and secretive long-term plans from the education commissioner for the unaccredited district.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:25:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 48413 at http://kcur.org Controversy Brews With Court Ruling, KCMO School Plans KC Schools Ask Court To Block Student Transfers http://kcur.org/post/kc-schools-ask-court-block-student-transfers-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Kansas City school district will go to court to attempt to stop a state Supreme Court ruling from allowing students to transfer to adjoining accredited districts from taking effect.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:41:42 +0000 Steve Bell 48273 at http://kcur.org Proposal To Slow Student Transfers Expected In January http://kcur.org/post/proposal-slow-student-transfers-expected-january <p>A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area may be considered by the Missouri General Assembly next year.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:54:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 48228 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Superintendent Gets Up To 5 More Years http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-superintendent-gets-5-more-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Kansas City schools inch toward regaining accreditation from the State of Missouri, Superintendent Steve Green took a vote of confidence out of a school board meeting October 24.</span></p><p>Green gets a new three-year contract at $250,000.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pact includes a pair of one-year extensions.</span></p><p>Green’s contract also has a $60,000 signing bonus.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:24:27 +0000 Dan Verbeck 45763 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Schools Denied Provisional Accreditation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-public-schools-denied-provisional-accreditation <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Public schools in Kansas City, Mo. will remain unaccredited.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:15:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin, Maria Carter & Laura Spencer 45629 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Public Schools Denied Provisional Accreditation How One Kansas City Public School Is Improving Scores And Making Change http://kcur.org/post/how-one-kansas-city-public-school-improving-scores-and-making-change <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It seems like every time there&rsquo;s been a glimmer of hope for the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools, those hopes are dashed. In August, </span>KCPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made a remarkable improvement in its report card from the state, meeting the numerical cutoff for provisional accreditation. But in September, Missouri Education Commissioner Chris </span>Nicastro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recommended that the district stay unaccredited until it shows it can sustain these improvements.</span></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:12:42 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 44990 at http://kcur.org How One Kansas City Public School Is Improving Scores And Making Change 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 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 Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-school-district-celebrates-good-evaluation <p>Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) leaders are celebrating.&nbsp; They got a 60 percent on a state evaluation.&nbsp; That’s 10 percentage points more than needed to get to provisional accreditation, although whether and when that gets restored is up to the state education officials.&nbsp;</p><p>When Superintendent Stephen Green first got the district’s numbers under a new evaluation system in December, they were dismal.</p><p><strong>“</strong>Moments like that either they break you or they make you stronger for having persevered through the break,” said Green.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:33:52 +0000 Maria Carter 42491 at http://kcur.org Kansas City School District Celebrates Good Evaluation What The Transfer Ruling Means For Accredited MO School Districts http://kcur.org/post/what-transfer-ruling-means-accredited-mo-school-districts <p>The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Wednesday regarding student transfers between unaccredited and accredited school districts.</p><p>Among other things the guidelines urge accredited districts that border those without accreditation to adopt and publish policy on class size and teacher ratios by August 1.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:11:14 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 38879 at http://kcur.org What The Transfer Ruling Means For Accredited MO School Districts Guidelines Issued For Transfers To Accredited MO School Districts http://kcur.org/post/guidelines-issued-transfers-accredited-mo-school-districts <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The Missouri Department Of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued&nbsp;<a href="http://dese.mo.gov/documents/Transfer_Guidance.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">its own guidelines</a>&nbsp;for the transfer process of students from unaccredited&nbsp;districts to those which are accredited.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:30:44 +0000 Marshall Griffin 38857 at http://kcur.org Missouri High Court Hears School Case http://kcur.org/post/missouri-high-court-hears-school-case <p>The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over a 20-year-old law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who transfer to nearby accredited schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:29:02 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33030 at http://kcur.org Missouri High Court Hears School Case State Resumes Advising KCPS http://kcur.org/post/state-resumes-advising-kcps <p>While Missouri lawmakers consider dissolving, splitting up or changing the governance of Kansas City Public Schools, state education officials have resumed working with the district on regaining accreditation by the current deadline of 2014. District officials reported to the Department of Education yesterday for the first time since the loss of accreditation was announced in September.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 01:37:50 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 13078 at http://kcur.org State Resumes Advising KCPS School Standing Loss Creates Academic Bedfellows http://kcur.org/post/school-standing-loss-creates-academic-bedfellows <p>A recent study from University of Missouri-St. Louis may have Kansas City applications as the local school district prepares to lose its&nbsp; accreditation in January. The survey finds how many students will leave the unaccredited system.<br /><br />The October-November survey of some 600 St. Louis households finds nearly one-third of public school students would leave that&nbsp; district if they could transfer to better-performing districts. State law lets them but the law is being contested.<br /> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:51:16 +0000 Dan Verbeck 9756 at http://kcur.org KCPS Establishes Transfer Policy http://kcur.org/post/kcps-establishes-transfer-policy <p>With Kansas City Public Schools losing accreditation January 1, the district has set up a <a href="http://www2.kcmsd.net/Lists/News1/DispForm.aspx?ID=1839&amp;Source=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2%2Ekcmsd%2Enet%2FPages%2Fdefault%2Easpx">new policy</a> allowing for students to transfer to accredited districts.</p><p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 01:02:43 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 9107 at http://kcur.org KCPS Establishes Transfer Policy