Sunday, December 08, 2013

Newspaper Touts Unaccredited Kansas City Public School District 'Stabilization' And Academic Improvement In Order To Slam Missouri DESE Commish Nicastro

Newspaper spin touting a momentous achievement that still didn't qualify for accreditation: "They show Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro was eager to create a new school system, even as the long-beleaguered but stabilized district was preparing to celebrate its best academic improvement in years."

What the newspaper write-up didn't mention . . .

Significant number of parents who still DESPERATELY want out of the District. . .

Ongoing and mostly unreported level of VIOLENCE AMONG KCPS STUDENTS that is mostly kept secret . . .

Teacher's Union purging that has creative a growing DIVIDE among administrators and workers in the long suffering district . . .

Like it or not, noting "stabilization" for the KCPS isn't really backed up by the reality of the district that has only improved its skills in media management.

10 Comments:

Anonymous said...

She should be immediately fired by the Board of Education and the Governor should consider replacing members of that Board.

Anonymous said...

It looks like she has the interests of the students in mind, unlike the KCPS.

Anonymous said...

8:38 probably works for the KCPS.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, those outside KCPS love to complain and point out the past. Take a look at the numbers. 94% of the students in KCPS are a member of a sub group as defined by DESE's MSIP 5 guidelines. Those sub groups are those on free/reduced lunch (poverty stricken), English Language Learners, Black, Hispanic, or Special Education students. By contrast, it only takes 30 students in a district, in a particular sub group, to receive the same points in the MSIP 5 as did KCPS with 94% of all students being in one or more of those same sub groups. Further, bringing in an outside agency to make changes just when things to seem to be getting better will result in the same instability as that which DESE has complained about for years. Check out what studies have shown about privatizing schools through "public charter schools" and you will find that they have not resulted in higher test scores, they have created a segregated system much like the "Jim Crow" days, the charter schools have a much lower enrollment of English Language Learners, Special Education Students, and poor students. The models that are being recommended will close schools every two-three years if the numbers don't increase. Can you spell stability Commissioner? It is well past time for her to go and be replaced by someone who cares for children and public education.

Anonymous said...

Great comment. Thank you for your thoughtful insight. It's obvious this is something you've taken time to research unlike those that get on here completely uniformed bashing KC's school district. Educated these days is extremely complicated.

Anonymous said...

Great comment. Thank you for your thoughtful insight. It's obvious this is something you've taken time to research unlike those that get on here completely uniformed bashing KC's school district. Educated these days is extremely complicated.

Anonymous said...

Great comment. Thank you for your thoughtful insight. It's obvious this is something you've taken time to research unlike those that get on here completely uniformed bashing KC's school district. Educated these days is extremely complicated.

Anonymous said...

If she was black most of the posters would be complaining about a nigger rigged contract. Instead, she must have the interest of the kids.

Anonymous said...

Tony gets scooped again because he is not a real journalist! KC Star > Tony's lazy eye!!! NiCastro needs to go and take KIKI CURLS with her!

Anonymous said...

Drama, drama,drama. Kcps has a constant dark cloud over its head, and CONSTANT drama no matter what. It's tiresome. I think Dr Green is doing a great job, but the rest of those folks-mainly the board- need to go and some basic standards (degrees, no records/warrants) should be required for the new members.