KANSAS CITY LESSON IN EDUCATION FAIL!!!
Just a few more quick reminders about our old and busted public school system and all of the different ways that it has failed Kansas City residents
To with . . .
THIS PASSAGE FROM A RECENT KANSAS CITY BLOG POST PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVE ON THE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ALL OF THEIR RECENT PROMISES!!!
This post entitled "Learning From Kansas City" reveals a warning about former KCMO education officials who were once crowned as saviors . . .
"We (Kansas City Public Schools) fired 150 teachers without cause and replaced them with (drumroll) 150 Teach for America teachers at a cost of $3,000 per head.
"John Covington, when in Kansas City, created new graduation requirements so low that no competitive college would take a student with those minimal courses. He didn’t know basic college requirements stats, or the range of college placement scores to achieve acceptance.
"He ruined a successful college prep program by closing the more modern of the two buildings (one with wireless internet, a pool, two gyms and a larger cafeteria) and slamming 1200 sixth through twelfth graders in an antiquated building lacking those amenities.
"In the other college prep campus, he bussed over a thousand at risk, low performing students into the building. In the first semester, the school at 1400 suspensions in the first semester (with only 1200 students in the building), 51 fires/fire alarms, and three principals. Covington’s last principal had only elementary school experience. In the principal’s defense, Covington was quoted in the paper saying “I don’t have urban experience and I think I’m doing pretty good.”
"He cut the budget for a successful debate program that served hundreds of students claiming he didn’t have the funds, but then commissioned a massive $28,000 trophy out of his own discretionary budget which didn’t require board approval . . . He killed what little progress we’d made, interviewed on the basis of improvements that were actually accomplished by his predecessor (such as rising test scores for tests taken before he was hired), and then left abruptly – weeks before the State was ready to announce that under his leadership we had passed fewer benchmarks towards accreditation than when he was hired."
And just a bit more bad news on the education front . . .
Another lesson in austerity coming up: Missouri schools stand to lose $51 million in budget cuts
Linked one more time for good measure: Kansas No. 37, Missouri No. 41 in Education Week rankings
KCTV5 reports on even more discounting of public schools: Former Kansas City school could become Walmart
30 empty buildings and no cash: The Kansas City school district continues efforts to find new life for unused schools.