TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS INTERVIEW!!! NO!!! KANSAS CITY SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR AT-LARGE AIRICK L. WEST IS NOT RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL!!! NOW, WILL YOU PLEASE STOP ASKING?!?!
Kansas City political insiders realize that both that ALL OF THE COUNCIL SEATS for the 3rd and 5th District are now in play and there's a rush to find front runners for the smart money to support.
Yesterday morning I was rushed because I was bidding on mint-conditioned G.I. Joe and about to start a HALO tournament but I still found time to get in contact with Kansas City Public School Board Director At-Large Airick L. West given that his name is at the top of the list for 3rd District City Council hopefuls.
Here was his slightly annoyed reply to a question about the possibility of a City Council run . . .
Airick L. West: "I've responded to this question many times. It apparently doesn't actually matter what I say. So if you don't mind, I have scholar achievement to focus on."
So, that's a no, right?
As far as I can remember, Director At-Large West spend quite a bit of time denying a Council run last election despite a great deal of speculation and now it seems like he's repeating the pattern.
In fairness, he does have his work cut out for him.
Let's take a look . . .
Right now the KCPS is on a fast track for takeover.
On top of accreditation woes, recent revisions in Missouri Education Testing Policy puts even more schools on the brink of takeover and doesn't seem to indicate that the KCPS will keep promises to improve test scores.
A "School Choice" movement is exploding in Waldo/Brookside and that part of Kansas City is on the cusp of moving to secede from the KCPS altogether.
Meanwhile . . . KCPS is doing their best to convince "scholars" that a diploma from the unaccredited district is actually worth something.
Finally, the Teacher's Union is flexing their muscles, stepping up their profile and making moves to push back against crackdowns from the Administration.
So, I believe School Board Director At-Large West when he says that he's busy with other stuff and given the current state of the district it's doubtful that he could promise of hope or change for the 3rd District which seems to be desperate to support new leadership.
DEVELOPING . . .