TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! NEIGHBORHOODS VS. CIVIC ELITE PART DEUX: KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY REAX VS. NICASTRO!!!
Once again it seems that a class war has emerged in Kansas City.
Here's an angle that deserves exploration.
WE NOTICE THAT KANSAS CITY COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD INTERESTS ARE UNITING AGAINST CIVIC ELITE AND POWER BROKERS LOOKING TO DICTATE TERMS ON PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
For me this seems more interesting than the classic left vs. right debate and teachers unions fighting with the GOP . . .
What we're seeing is grassroots activism against the 1% attempting to devise an education solution without any community input . . . Just like the translational tax . . . Trying to buy an outcome.
THE UNDERCURRENT NOBODY WILL MENTION HERE IS CLASS WAR OVER KANSAS CITY PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
Accordingly . . .
Take a look at this street level clip of a recent protest.
And then . . .
Here are a few quotes on the civic involvement on the district issue. Basically folks see this as another example of the arrogant elite imposing their will on the rest of us yet again:
“I am and never will be opposed to changing the status quo as it relates to education, especially when the evidence suggests that what we have been doing isn't working. So, I get very frustrated when reformers say anyone who is opposed to their reforms are simply afraid of change. I am opposed to many reformist actions that are implemented using a top-down approach. These reforms usually fail to earnestly engage the affected communities and focus solely on governance and the classroom when the evidence suggests that this approach doesn't work.”
“Leaders from MORE2, AFT Local, JWJ, NAACP, Teachers, Students and Parents lament the process that selected CEE-Trust to do "research" in our community. A few people with power and money are interested in experimenting with our children. We must send a message from a collective voice saying, if you are changing our system, you will first have to gain input from US.”
“If Hall and Kauffman would provide their expertise directly to the district instead of steering no-bid contracts, maybe the district could pull to full accreditation even more quickly.”
“I voted against the civic community’s out of touch health research tax and as a former parent I'll join these other parents against the civic community and chambers plan. It’s not about the partisan politics for me, it is about an out of touch elite group thinking they can buy and make decisions for the rest of us.”
“Kauffman using the district to further its national agenda and the Halls seeking to steer in the traditional back room way that KC elite feel is just fine. Kauffman, Halls, and others not mentioned in this article are rising to the level of politics that is taken today as routine, but is far from democratic.”
More from a KCPS Insider . . .
"Bid rigging, bad governance, and secret plans against the KCPS including an ominous sounding organization called the "Trust". These links include your neighbors: parents, ministers, teachers, community leaders, elected officials and students rejecting the exposed takeover plot being hatched by Commissioner NiCastro, her civic allies, and the "Trust."
Here is a brief compilation of news links:
KCTV5: Secret negotiations create big problems for Chris Nicastro
KSHB: Calls mount for Nicastro resignation after e-mails released
FOX4: Group demands top educator to step down after alleged ‘misuse of power’
NBC Action News: Teachers rally in support of education
Developing . . .