The Decision is Made
According to a report in the Huffington Post, Missouri school officials made their decision to revoke the district’s accreditation less than a month after the current superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, John Covington, left the district to take a job in Michigan helping poorly performing schools in that state. The interim superintendent, R. Stephen Green, told the Huffington Post that while the district was disappointed in the state’s decision, they would rely on community involvement to help bring schools back up to state standards.
Benson is referring to allegations that Commissioner Nicastro caused some administrators in the district to panic after meeting with them and warning them that they had no real job security. However, Nicastro refuted the allegations, stating that she simply provided “motherly advise” to staff members in the wake of the changes that lie ahead.
Legislature Considering Options
“We’re working with all the suburban school districts to ensure we have consistency,” Mike Brewer, superintendent of the Liberty school district, told the Tribune.
While accreditation is inevitable for Kansas City Public Schools, the full fallout from the process may not be seen right away. Early rumblings have already been felt, with the loss of key administrators from the district and murmuring among lawmakers and other school districts about what changes might look like in the months ahead. In the meantime, parents and students of Kansas City Public Schools must brace themselves for the events to come next year and make appropriate preparations to ensure students who are currently enrolled in the district continue to receive a quality education that will adequately prepare them for the future.