The unaccredited district is fighting for its very survival and that battle got tougher this week when a consultant group, hired by the state, released a much anticipated and controversial plan. The consultant group called CEE-Trust says the district has failed and wants the state to create something it calls a Community Schools Office to replace the district, but it would have little to do with education. Every building would be run by a nonprofit, a charter school or a neighboring district. Also, all educational, hiring and budgetary decisions would be made at the building level.
At a time when school transfer laws and accreditation are making headlines too, KCPT special correspondent Sam Zeff taps into an ongoing sentiment bubbling just below the surface about whether to dismantle the Kansas City School District altogether. The state will now study these various plans, but, if test scores in Kansas City public schools continue to improve, there’s a good chance the district will be provisionally accredited, putting all of this on hold.
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