MUST READ!!! MAYBE MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SCHOOL TRANSFER RULING IS A GOOD THING FOR KANSAS CITY?!?!?!
TKC NOTE . . . Here's an insider perspective from a KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTER on the recent Missouri Supreme Court School Transfer ruling that the mainstream media is missing. We'll have more on this later Check it:
School Transfer . . . An Unexpected Consequence
Most of the teachers in KCPS will tell you that the students talking the most about “I’m going to Independence, Raytown, etc” are not the students who are coming to school every day, following the rules, and doing their schoolwork. The students who are doing the right thing are getting high grades, decent ACT/SAT scores, taking part of the A+ program (college tuition paid for the first 2 years), and Kaufmann Scholars (tuition, room, board, and books covered for 5 years). They are getting scholarships and have good relationships with their teachers and high-achieving peers. So, they sit back in class, listen to the ill-behaved students rant and rave about going to other districts, and shake their head.
The parents in KCPS who are serious about their child’s education are already coming to parent/teacher conferences, signed into the student portal, emailing teachers, and are on top of their student’s progress.
The ones who talk the most about transferring are talking about they are going to “run” the school they are going to. They are talking about how they are going to intimidate teachers and bully students. They are talking about how they are going to go into those schools and “take over”. They are doing no work in KCPS and are convinced that if they go to Independence, Raytown, etc…that they can bully their way into good grades and nobody will stop them.
In the end, you will see the scores in KCPS creep up as these disruptive students leave and take their carnage to other districts. You will see the scores in the other districts creep down. Teachers in other districts already know this. They already know that many of their colleagues are not ready for the constant disrespect, disruption, and destruction that many of these transferring students will bring with them. If they are smart, they will either be creating alternative schools or online schools so they can “teach” these individuals without having to bring them into the regular classrooms.
It’s a sad truth. The numbers of KCPS students receiving full ride scholarships to colleges every May let you know that the problem is not the district, teachers, Union, Superintendent, or “the white man”. The problem is individual students who were raised to disrupt and challenge authority at every turn.
There are a ton of success stories in KCPS. The students living those stories do not want to leave. They are graduating and landing scholarships. They won’t walk away from their own success. So, financially, the transfers will hurt KCPS. KCPS will be forced to cut teachers and resources. However, when you have well behaved and serious students, you can do more with less resources. You will have less vandalism, you won’t need as many security guards, you will be able to accommodate larger classes because the students will behave. Academically, this may be the best thing ever for KCPS.