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Local Group Grades KCMO School Board Leadership


After the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education meets next Wednesday, they will receive a report card assessing their skills in governing the district. A grassroots group of community volunteers — Do the Right Thing for Kids — issues the grades.

Last month, the nonprofit organization gave the school board an A for quality and professionalism at their July 13 meeting. However, for the July 27 meeting, the board received lower scores for being unprepared and for spending more time on politics than on academics.

According to the Do the Right Thing for Kids website, their mission is “to observe and provide objective information and analysis of the Board’s effectiveness and hold them accountable to the community and civic groups.” By providing constructive critique, the nonprofit hopes to help improve the school board’s leadership and impact the quality of student education in the struggling Kansas City, Missouri School District.

Although Do the Right Thing for Kids is not a membership organization, they encourage other citizens to join them at Kansas City, Missouri school board meetings, which take place twice a month, generally on the second and third Wednesdays.

Twelve volunteers direct the efforts of Do the Right Thing for Kids. These volunteers include Dianne Cleaver (wife of U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver), former school board member Bill Eddy and the unrelated Melissa Eddy, a founding member and mother of two Kansas City, Missouri School District students.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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