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Citizen Watchdog Group Reports on KCMO School District’s Dec. 21 Meeting

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A citizen watchdog group, Do the Right Thing for Kids, has released its report assessing the performance of the Kansas City, Missouri Board of Education’s performance during its Wednesday, Dec. 21, meeting.

You can read the report here: http://tinyurl.com/88u54ol

The citizens’ summary of the board’s performance?:

“Two Board Watchers for Do the Right Thing for Kids observed and eval­u­ated the December 21, 2011 KCPS School Board busi­ness meet­ing. At the begin­ning of the meet­ing board mem­ber Ray Wilson moved to amend the agenda to allow speak­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus to protest the district’s fund­ing level for ACE. Ajamu Webster deferred his time to Clinton Adams, Rev. Sam Mann and Rev. Wallace Hartsfield, II. Board pres­i­dent Airick Leonard West main­tained con­trol of the meet­ing that had the poten­tial of being hijacked by speak­ers and included veiled accu­sa­tions of racism. …

Unfortunately, it was busi­ness as usual at this meeting—groups press­ing for their own projects and inter­ests and still no focused dis­cus­sion on gain­ing accred­i­ta­tion for the district.”

If you would like to find out more about Do the Right Thing for kids, the KC Education Enterprise published a story last August with information about who they are and what they do: http://tinyurl.com/5ruawxv

Also, if you would like to subscribe to their monthly reports, here is a link to their e-mail subscription page:http://tinyurl.com/6avsyk7

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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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