board of education
4:34 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Nicastro Punts On KCPS Governance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro held off on making recommendations about the governance of Kansas City, Missouri schools to the state board of education in a meeting in Branson today. In a <a data-cke-saved-href="http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2011/12/02/10/38/QRYq2.So.81.pdf target= " href="http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2011/12/02/10/38/QRYq2.So.81.pdf%20target=%20" _blank"="">written statement</a>, <span data-scayt_word="Nicastro" data-scaytid="2">Nicastro</span> outlined the options, and said the Kansas City community needed more time to come to a consensus on the path ahead.<br></p><p>"While we believe that an appointed board with full authority could provide stronger leadership and a more aggressive path to improving student performance, the additional conflict that such a decision would create without clear community and legal authority is not worth the risk," <span data-scayt_word="Nicastro" data-scaytid="4">Nicastro</span> wrote.</p><p>Yesterday, Mayor Sly James <a data-cke-saved-href=" http://www.kcmayor.org/blog/kansas-city-school-district-reforms " href="%20http://www.kcmayor.org/blog/kansas-city-school-district-reforms%20" target="_blank">proposed a mayoral takeover of the district</a>, and asked that the loss of accreditation be postponed until July. <span data-scayt_word="Nicastro" data-scaytid="6">Nicastro</span> is sticking with the date: January 1, 2011.<br></p><p></p>