Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! SHOULD WE PREPARE FOR THE KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL ANTICLIMAX?!?!



Informed Kansas City residents know the score regarding the challenges facing public education . . .

- School Transfers Could Bankrupt The KCPS . . .

- The Plan To Dismantle The District Now Seems To Be On The Table . . .

- All Around Crappy Urban Core Life Makes The KCPS Everybody's Favorite Punching Bag . . . (Just don't ask Mayor Sly about his favorite development project on the other side of Troost)


But now think about this . . .

- Like it or not, KCPS did improve test scores this year . . .

- They are projected to improve scores again as soon as August . . .

- The Missouri General Assembly Session ALWAYS starts out with big talk and then ends with a whimper . . .


Therefore . . .

AT THE END OF THE SESSION DON'T BE SURPRISED IF NOTHING HAPPENS TO THE KCPS AND THEY EVEN GET CLOSER TO PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION!!!

In this debate its important to distinguish saber rattling, posturing and big talk from any real legislative moves . . . Of which there are few.

In fact, a lot of the antipathy in this situation seems to go back to MO Education Commish Nicastro asking the board to resign and so many hurt feelings that immediately followed.

We'll revisit this post later and we've got a lot more on this topic but remember that TKC and KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS have been waiting on that Missouri jobs bill for 5 years and it's not out of line to think that a great deal of public education debate might all be for show . . .

Developing . . .

19 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You mean Airick could win?

Anonymous said...

Yes. And that would mean that the kids just keep on losing.
Yet another generation on the streets.
What could possibly go wrong?

Hyperblogal said...

You can't fix a flooded basement by painting the house.

Anonymous said...

surley you don't the supertendent to lose his nice fat check with it perks.

Anonymous said...

This blog is going downhill just as fast. The comments overrun with idiots, racists, and most of all, blatant trolling and borderline personality disorder patients. Gone are the days where we discuss the finer points of the pictures, laugh about the overuse of the atom bomb pics and all caps red headlines. Now it's just a hot mess.

cheeba said...

Quiet down newbie.

Redux said...

absolutely dismantling is the only option!

Anonymous said...

"all around crappy urban core life"

Laughable, man. Beautiful,classy, charming, culture, hip city. Shitty suburbs. There a sliver of good life in this metro and its basically River to 75th street. Nothing else here matters.

Carl, Mission Hills said...

Why not Hyperblogal, they been doing just that for what 40 years now?

Anonymous said...

the test scores are the proof in the pudding. if they can't improve there then dismantling is a foregone conclusion.

Anonymous said...

@9:27 I don't know what hill you've been on but this blog is what it always has been. Learn how to scroll...

I can't believe you have a scoop on this Tony. The KCPS is done. In February Nicastro is going to put it out of its misery and then you are going to see the rats jumping ship. The legislature and courts are not going to be able to do a damn thing.

Anonymous said...

The test score improvements are insignificant. The public relations efforts are phenomenal. It's not all bad, but it's very far from good enough.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that paying tuition for transferring students is a hardship for the KCPS. But will someone please tell me why the other school districts should go bankrupt from taking in out of district students free of charge? Or why the taxes paid by the people who live in those districts should go towards educating out of district students? And while you're at it, please tell me why Nicastro hasn't been brought up on ethics charges?

Anonymous said...

The problem is that the KCPS has absolutely no credibility, even with the State Education Board (who I am sure would love to get this monkey off their backs). For over 30 years, we have heard promises and projections by these KCPS idiots, none of which came to fruition.
Eventually, even stupid people have to condede that the boy has cried wolf once too much.
I dont know what the solution is to this problem. Nobody has come up with one in over 30 years, why would anybody think that the next one would work?
The State of Missouri came to the rescue once under court order. Perhaps this time they can do it (cheaper) by just acknowledging the fact and offering to write a check (sometimes that is actually cheaper in the long run). If they broke up the District and assigned areas to other school districts with financial incentives, you might be surprised how quickly the other districts come in line. Look what happened to William Christman when it was taken over by the Independence SD. Were there problems? I am sure that there were, but nothing compared to what had come before.
All I know is that we CANNOT continue with what we have. Let's go another way. We cant do much worse.

http://nypost.com/2014/01/12/no-space-no-books-no-leader-no-clue-at-citys-worst-elementary/ said...

Put this lady in charge and CHARGE!!!!!!

http://nypost.com/2014/01/12/no-space-no-books-no-leader-no-clue-at-citys-worst-elementary/

Thats a nice coat, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

William Chrisman was never a part of KCPS. I think you mean Van Horn

Anonymous said...

I also think its a done deal. The only way KCPS will continue as is, is if they file for bankruptcy protection. That way the state can't touch them. The lawsuit they filed doesn't look good for KCPS according to some powers that be in Jeff City.

KCPS just needs to concede defeat. Thirty years of losing-it's about time.

Anonymous said...

@10:18
Bankruptcy does not protect a school district from the state. It actually allows for the immediate take over regardless of accreditation status.

Anonymous said...

I read an analysis by a law professor from Park that had commented on one of the stories about this and this is what he said....about the bankruptcy saving them