Kansas City Public Schools

1:03 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Judge Rules Mo. School Transfer Law Unconstitutional

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.

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Up to Date
1:02 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kansas City, Mo Schools: State Takeover Or Start Over?

Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo.

After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

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Future Of KC Schools
10:51 am
Thu April 12, 2012

New KC School Board Seeks Both Stability And Change

Troost Elementary School.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Just after winning re-election by a couple hundred write-in votes, Kansas City Missouri's school board president Airick Leonard West and three newly elected board members immediately got down to business at their first meeting last night.  The agenda included a plan to overhaul the structure of the board itself.

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Kansas City Public Schools
12:41 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

KC School Board President Wins Write-In Re-Election

School Board President Airick Leonard West will retain his at-large seat on the Kansas City, Missouri school board, after running a write-in race against four other candidates.

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1:53 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School District Meets With Council Group

Dr. Steve Green and school board president Airick Leonard West
KCCG Channel 2 video frame

President of the Kansas City school board and interim superintendent Steve Green went to the city council Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday with a plan for restoring accreditation to the Kansas City district.

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Kansas City Public Schools
6:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

School Board President Trains Others To Take His Place

School Board President Airick Leonard West.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills that could eliminate the Kansas City school board, or even dissolve the district. 

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KC Currents
11:04 am
Mon February 13, 2012

KCPS Alumni Debate The District's Future

Debaters Latoya Williams-Green and Ryan Wash.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

The first legislative hearings about Kansas City Public Schools began in Jefferson City on January 31, 2012. The latest bill would dissolve the district, parceling the schools out to neighboring districts for management.

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5:28 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Catholic Schools Want State Support For KCPS Transfers

Catholic Schools Superintendent Daniel Peters at Holy Cross Elementary School.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Local Catholic School officials are looking for state support for Kansas City Public School students to be able to transfer to private or religious schools.

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5:31 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Fast Track Bill Would Control K.C. Schools

Missouri state legislators have begun considering a bill that would make it easier for the state to operate the Kansas City School District. A first legislative hearing brought no opposition.

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5:01 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Bill Will Speed KC School Intervention

No one appeared at a Jefferson City hearing today to testify against a bill that would speed  Missouri's  ability to take some charge of unaccredited Kansas City  schools.  There was support from a teachers’ association and the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

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5:17 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Schools' "Among Worst In Nation" Tag Gets Softpedal

"No politics allowed," says KC's Mayor James, speaking of school district control changes.

The depiction of city schools as “among the worst in the nation” by the US Education Secretary and Kansas City’s mayor made bold headlines but slipped quietly aside as the mayor briefed the City Council today.

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KC Currents
9:58 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Parents Consider Transferring Students Out Of KCPS

Jamekia Kendrix and her daughter set up for a forum about the future of Kansas City Public Schools
Sylvia Gross

The Kansas City, Missouri school district has been shedding students over the past 40 years – from 70,000 in the 1970s to less than 17,000 today.  Some are worried about another exodus when the district officially loses accreditation on January 1st. Missouri law allows students to transfer to an accredited district, with tuition and transportation paid for by the unaccredited district. Area districts are still wrangling with transfer policies.

Kansas City Public Schools
7:02 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

KCPS Establishes Transfer Policy

Troost Elementary School is in the Kansas City, Missouri school district.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

With Kansas City Public Schools losing accreditation January 1, the district has set up a new policy allowing for students to transfer to accredited districts.

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4:02 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Pros And Cons Of A Mayoral Takeover Of Schools

School board president Airick Leonard West and Mayor Sly James discuss the district's future.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas Citians have been wringing their hands about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District for decades. But at a press conference with Mayor Sly James at City Hall, school board president Airick Leonard West said that's changing.

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6:00 pm
Sun December 11, 2011

Mayor James Moves In On KC Public Schools

Mayor Sly James' plan to take over Kansas City public schools could tie his political future to the success of a chronically under-performing school district.
Shane Keyser Kansas City Star

Mayor Sly James' plan to assume control of the Kansas City, Mo., public school district has raised a lot of eyebrows, and it's no wonder why.

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6:38 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Top of the Morning News: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR
  • Mayor And School Board President: Let’s Talk
  • The New Sound Of The KCPD
  • Proposal Would Term Limit All Statewide Officeholders
  • Kansas Lags in Covering Kids

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Kansas City Public Schools
4:47 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Mayor and School Board President Convene Discussions About District Governance

KC School Board President Airick West (l) with Mayor Sly James at Mayor's office.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and School Board President Airick Leonard West committed to a series of community conversations over the next few months about the governance of the school district. Neither has endorsed the idea of a mayoral takeover of schools, but they say no idea is off the table.

Mayor James says he began convening people to talk about the school district after Missouri education commissioner Chris Nicastro told him that it was difficult to do anything in Kansas City because it's so divided.

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3:50 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Lessons From The Takeover Of St. Louis Public Schools

Kansas City, Missouri school board members Crispin Rea, Airick Leonard West and Joseph Jackson.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

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KC Currents
10:21 am
Tue March 16, 2010

Voices From The Meeting That Closed 26 KCMO Schools

Kansas City, Mo. – Dramatic change came to the Kansas City, Missouri school district this week. After months of research and community meetings, the school board voted 5 to 4 to close 26 schools. It was a harrowing vote for all the school board members, and more than 40 years of Kansas City's history with its school district came up in the final public discussion.

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KCMO Schools
3:54 pm
Thu March 11, 2010

Board Narrowly Passes Historic KCMO School Closure Plan

School superintendent John Covington and Board President Marilyn Simmons. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR.

Kansas City, Mo. – Last night, the Kansas City Missouri school board narrowly approved the plan to close 26 schools, and district headquarters. More than 200 parents and community members turned out for an emotional meeting.

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11:11 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Amid School Closures, KCMO School Board Draws New Candidates

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City, Missouri's school board is facing the unenviable decision of having to close a significant number of the district's schools. But amid the downsizing, there's a surprising number of candidates running for the board in April's election. Ten candidates are vying for five seats in April's school board election. Two of the races, for the second and sixth sub-districts, have only one candidate each. But it's still a far cry from the past two elections, when none of the seats were contested.

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