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Update on Status of Kansas City, Missouri School District

Art Credit: KC Education Enterprise - Logo Credit: Kansas City, Missouri School District - Photo Credit: 123rf stock image

One hour ago, Missouri’s education commissioner Chris Nicastro tweeted, “State Board suggests change in law on intervention for unaccredited districts.”

And the Kansas City Star is reporting that Mayor Sly James has sent a letter to the commissioner offering to take over control of the district, which is scheduled to lose accreditation January 1.

Nicastro is in Branson today and tomorrow attending the monthly meeting of the Missouri State Board of Education. A “Statewide System of Support — Kansas City Proposal” was on the board’s action agenda. Still no word yet on details of what the board is proposing regarding changes in the law for unaccredited districts.

THIS JUST IN (Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 p.m.): Nicastro is teasing us on Twitter. Now she’s posting, “Tune in tomorrow for the report on KCSD.” Earlier she hinted that her proposal to the State Board of Education today will require changes in state law. Mayor Sly James’ proposal would require changes in law, as well, and rumor has it that he’s been working on his plan for about a month now. The question is, will Nicastro propose something different, or has she been collaborating with James on his plan for mayoral control of the Kansas City, Missouri school district?

THIS JUST IN (Friday, Dec. 2, 9:41 a.m.): About 15 minutes ago, the Kansas City Star reported Nicastro has released her report and that she is asking the state to delay action on the Kansas City, Missouri School District in order to allow community leaders more time to devise a plan.

JUST PUBLISHED in the KC Education Enterprise (Friday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.): Mayoral Control of KCMO Schools Might Work. Then Again, It Might Not.

JUST PUBLISHED in the KC Education Enterprise (Friday, Dec. 2, 4:00 p.m.): MO Education Commissioner Urges Community Leaders to Reach Consensus About KCMO School District

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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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