Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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.
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31 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Optimistic maybe but I see the point.

Anonymous said...

http://oi41.tinypic.com/2j48vt3.jpg

Anonymous said...

I still say they should go straight to working for kcmo sanitation and trash service.

Anonymous said...

Interesting. Send them to Steve Rose's school district!!!

Anonymous said...

Those poor parents in the other school districts. Now their children's safety is going to get shaken up.

Anonymous said...

Say NO to KCPS students!!!!!!! If you want your district to be safe say no.

Anonymous said...

we're throwing away the bad apples.

Anonymous said...

While that is all true, there is NO fixing that culture and it is pervasive.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the basketball and football coaches are thinking at those other high schools.

Anonymous said...

Your tipster has not one clue what they are talking about. I know plenty of good families that are signing up to leave as soon as possible, and KCPS has already tried to address the high amounts of inquiries they've received just today. And THAT truly is from an insider.

Anonymous said...

Poor Center, Raytown, Hickman Mills, and Grandview. Will be getting even darker! Not Park Hill though! Platte County doesn't "border" Jackson County, praise Allah!

Anonymous said...

Just imagine how embarrassing for KC when those under performing students go to a real school and excel. However, if I was the KC School District I'd be very careful about counting my chickens before they hatch. If the scholars at KC are correct then they should have no problem getting test scores up and being accredited. Given the history of the district I would not be holding my breath on that one.

Anonymous said...

Since when does a student from a non accredited school get a full ride scholarship, let alone entrance to a state run college? That would be news to the state.

Anonymous said...

Maybe with the bad students leaving for the suburbs the inner city will clean itself up as well. The cost of transportation will be troublesome for the parent who will have to drive them, so they will all move out of the city core. The sooner the better!

Anonymous said...

Interesting, so, push the kids towards the direction of the suburbs, move the families out, and pick up all sorts of land and real estate on the cheap!

Anonymous said...

Does Kansas City want a bankrupt school district that will cripple the city, affect businesses, and employment? We must be cognizant of what we ask for!

Anonymous said...

2pm. I believe they can go to any district in a neighboring COUNTY. But don't quote me on that.

Anonymous said...

at 2:45
Here is a student that graduated last May and received a full ride scholarship to the University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

What you don't realize is that, just because a district is not accredited, that does not mean that the schools are not accredited. Paseo, Northeast, Lincoln, and maybe East have NCA accreditation. The same that Pembroke, Rockhurst, and Pius have.


http://pbcommercial.com/sections/news/area-digest/kansas-city-student-receives-uapb-chancellor%E2%80%99s-full-ride-scholarship.html

Anonymous said...

I work in an office of about 60 in KCMO and I’m the only one who currently lives within the school district. The majority only set foot in KCMO to go to work. The kids in my own neighborhood go to private schools. Every single one of my friends moved out of the district once they had a child with exception of one or two that stayed because they could afford a private school. Literally no one I know would ever, EVER send their child to a public school within the district. After years of arguing out of my own ignorance for public education here, I finally fell on my own sword and agreed. The moment I had a child of school age, I was ready to join the PTA, run for the school board or quite my own job to be a full time teacher … whatever it took. Anything, because I thought that there is no way an educational system could not improve even if it took my own dedication to see that happen. Unfortunately I was a little late to the lesson everyone else learned in 1997.

Anonymous said...

Most of Kansas City Missouri is not in the Kansas City school district. In fact half of the city is not in Jackson county

Anonymous said...

I know what and who is behind cato.org but there isn't much of, if any, rebuttal published to what is detailed here:

Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa-298.pdf

Anonymous said...

@3:24pm
Surely you don't think that KCPS is a positive attraction for business, residents, or visitors in KCMO now.
The purpose of a school system is to educate young people, not to be a trough of public money for make-believe contractors and consultants or an employment agency for unqualified family and friends like KCPS has been for years.
Has there been some recent progress? Yes.
Are the same old folks waiting in the wings and working every day to return to the bad old days? Absolutely.
Is the primary goal still distributing money to adults and not educating kids?
Without question.
How many decades are enough?

Anonymous said...

Racist much?

Anonymous said...

Yea dumbass there are a lot of non whites in the north schools. Moron.

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is THE best commentary I've ever read on this blog. Okay that's not saying a lot but still... Whoever this person is. (I am assuming a teacher) has given the best assessment of KCPS I've ever heard and as a parent I concur 100%.

My son and his friends have all been accepted to top out of state colleges and the scholarships are starting to pour in. His friends are such great kids... respectful, hard working, talented albeit goofy I love having them in my home and they come from every neighborhood, socioeconomic and ethnic background you could imagine.... You couldn't pay me to leave the district at this point.

Let the trouble makers leave and let my son and his classmates finish their primary education in peace.

Thank you for this post. Totally made my day.

Anonymous said...

That's unfortunate for you. Maybe it was your child's ability? Our children are receiving an excellent education and our son scored a 29 on his ACT. He's been educated at KCPS from kindergarten. Maybe it was your low expectation or some other excuse you've imagined for the lack of your child's success at KCPS?

Anonymous said...

Off the top of my head I can think of at least 9 KCPS kids I know personally getting full rides at state institutions in MO, KS, NE, IA and MI. Accreditation has no bearing on college acceptance or scholarship awards.

Anonymous said...

You are so full of it.

Anonymous said...

Jackson, Clay and Platte County are adjoined. Who is geographically challenged on this blog?

Anonymous said...

Well someone educate me here. If a college does not care about accreditation at a high school then why do they refuse to accept college credits from accredited colleges that are not in their accreditation region or are not accredited. Why are non accredited colleges called diploma mills? If high school accreditation means nothing to a college then why does anyone in Missouri even care if a high school is ever accredited?

If there is no difference between a non accredited school diploma and an accredited school then what does a legitimate college use as state approved education credentials?

Anonymous said...

I don't have a complete answer for you other than to say that there is a different standard for college accreditation and credit transfer than high school accreditation. That and these days colleges often take a closer look at individual school programs, IB courses offered, the ranking of that school in the state when comparing average standardized testing... There are many ways measure a high school besides state accreditation. I can only speak to our school which actually had independent accreditation until the admin let it lapse but even still, that's not affected any of our students ability to get into colleges or get scholarship money. I think our average ACT for the school is 26. it's hard to argue a school isn't worthy or doing a great job educating when it's producing scores like that.