Thursday, January 02, 2014

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! MUST READ: MISSOURI REP. BRANDON ELLINGTON: "I HAVE NO MORE FAITH IN DESE THAN KCPS"



The upcoming Missouri General assembly session could make or break Kansas City Public Schools.

To wit . . .

MISSOURI HOUSE REP. BRANDON ELLINGTON RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN AMAZING STATEMENT REGARDING THE KCPS ALONG WITH A PROMISE TO REPRESENT STUDENTS AND CONSTITUENTS NOT SPECIAL INTERESTS FROM EITHER SIDE OF THE EDUCATION DEBATE!!!

This is undoubtedly the most even handed and honest assessment of the situation surrounding Kansas City Public Schools that we have read in months.

An important line:

Rep. Brandon Ellington writes: "Honestly, how can I look at parents in their eyes and tell them to leave their kids in a district that is unaccredited and has historically under-performed because it's better politically.... I can not and will not tell parents to do what's not in their child's best interests."

Accordingly . . .

READ THIS STATEMENT FROM REP. ELLINGTON IN FULL!!! IT'S ABSOLUTELY THE MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD ASSESSMENT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE URBAN CORE THAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN AS OF LATE!!!

From Missouri House Rep. Brandon Ellington

I received a email from a constituent asking me if I planned on representing the Kansas City Public School District during this upcoming session in Jefferson City here's my response:

I agree that education is the nucleus of productive, viable communities. However, my job is to ensure that the citizens of the 22nd district are represented and not to fight for political entities or special interest groups. So to directly answer your question, representing KCPS is the school board's job. I plan on representing the citizens and children of the 22nd district which includes Kansas City and Independence school districts.

The children of the 22nd district deserve quality education, not political pandering. I plan on basing any and all decisions on what is overtly best for all the children in the district. Honestly, how can I look at parents in their eyes and tell them to leave their kids in a district that is unaccredited and has historically under-performed because it's better politically.... I can not and will not tell parents to do what's not in their child's best interests.

Now if your concern is about governance I have no more faith in DESE then KCPS. DESE current Commissioner has proven herself in my opinion to be untrustworthy and the state board has made questionable decisions following her lead which raises red flags when dealing with the state board. Recently the state board awarded 7.5 million dollars in grant monies, the majority of which went to St. Louis even though it was stated that the grant was intended for the lowest performing Missouri schools, Kansas City is the largest unaccredited school district in Missouri we received one grant, something's not right. Not to mention the emergence of the string of disturbing emails implying a systemic dismantling of KCPS and the creation of a new state wide district. This is unacceptable. I believe that local control is best and I will oppose a state wide district.

My feelings toward the commissioner is no secret as well as my position pertaining to KCPS. I have been critical and honest, I have seen the improvements that KCPS has made and I will help them where I can but I remain a skeptic.

In the larger context, education is more often then not the differentiating factor between poverty and middle class assimilation. With that being said, public education is vital to decolonization. When we look at the analytical data we understand that public education or urban education has been academically declining since desegregation. As a society we have to do a better job at funding and providing adequate academic facilities.

As your state representative I can promise you this, I will fight for quality education for every child in Missouri especially those who live in the 22nd district, I will fight for increased funding for early education, I can promise you that, I can also promise this, at the end of the day I'm going to do what I believe is in the best interest of the students and I will not worry about political entities.

I hoped I answered your concern and thank you, for contacting me.

Brandon Ellington
District 22,
Vice-Chair Missouri Black Caucus
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47 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Truth to power on both sides. Always the best strategy.

Anonymous said...

I have no faith in most of its parents and students. I and I use those terms loosely.

Anonymous said...

Even if this guy is a nigger, he's got the goods on that cunt and she should be fired immediately!

Anonymous said...

Good for Mr. Ellington. It's about time someone from the community stands up for actually trying to educate the kids instead of using the school district as a trough of public money or an employment agency for family and friends.
The grifters and usual suspects won't be happy with his stand, but we may find out that bullies fold when confronted and that the majority of parents and residents will very vocally and publically support him, as they should.

Anonymous said...

Let my people go. (To good schools.)

Anonymous said...

"...public education is vital to decolonization." What colony is he talking about? I have no idea what he's trying to say but some people do seem to love trying out big words.

Education in the inner city isn't about pounding some book-learning into anyone's head - it's about who gets the contract to provide a substandard service and pocket some serious cash. Brandon just doesn't want that woman from the state to get the new contract to pilfer.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Brandon is a good man. I have never regretted giving him my support. Brandon will continue to speak truth to power.

Anonymous said...

test

Anonymous said...

I love the racist code word "decolonization".

Anonymous said...

Many years ago the state of Missourah too over the Kansas City Police Department because it was more than evident that "local control" resulted in a generalized law-enforcement disaster. To this day, Missourah runs the KC cop shop, and by big-city standards, KC has a workable police department.

Kansas City schools ... what was the question?

Anonymous said...

bold move to attack the ethics of the person who distributes the freebies to your district.

quite politician. very brave. such eloquent.

Anonymous said...

Now lemme see...the facts are in on the head start early education and even the progressive liberals know that program did not work.

To what early education is the honorable representative referring??

I am beginning to see how easily impressed and amused Tony is to anti white racist theory

Byron Funkhouser said...

Anon 8:34

Did you think colonization was racist? Don't you know how all these black people came to be here? I'll give you a hint. It wasn't by choice.

Anonymous said...

you are a white pawn, funkhouser

Byron Funkhouser said...

You probably are, too. Get used to it. I have no problem with wearing the label of peasant farmer with pride. I reject middle class pretensions. Even the 1% are not the aristocrats they pretend to be. Real aristocrats have a long tradition of military service. Our wannabees use patriotism to seduce the naive into fighting & dying for them. They don't fight, themselves.

Byron Funkhouser said...

P.S. I watched a documentary on PBS last night. It featured the 'smartest person in America'. He was a peasant farmer from Princeton, MO.

Anonymous said...

Byron has as much a right to his opinions as we do to take into consideration he's never been to Kansas City and ignore him.

By the way, Byron, many black people came here and are still coming here by choice (from Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Jamaica, etc.). You need to get out of West Virginia once in a while.

Anonymous said...

I do like Brandon- he seems to be one of the only ones that hasn't sold out.

I could be wrong, but I thought someone mentioned that his kids attend a charter school. His wife is very vocal about her disdain for KCPS.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Ms. 9:25

Way to deliberately miss the point. I've been all over the country. Maybe, you need to lose your stereotypes.

Anonymous said...

Now, where do we go from here?

Anonymous said...

How the heck did you watch anything Byron? You are blind remember???

Byron Funkhouser said...

For the hundredth time, brain dead.

I'm legally blind, in part, because I don't have binocular vision, which is irrelevant in regards to watching the giant television that my friend gave to me.

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation tested my IQ at 129. At the disability hearing,

Judge: Did you give him an IQ test.
Doctor: No. Since he's a correspondence chess champion, I didn't think it was necessary.

I'm getting tired of educating you stupid dirt bags.

Anonymous said...

Byron, your "support" of Byron is meaningless since you can't vote for him, and are too lazy to work for money so you most likely won't volunteer for free. Maybe you'd take some of your welfare fraud cash and donate to his campaign, but I doubt it.

If your IQ is so high, which I doubt as the tests are lengthy and you said yours was tested at a hearing, you should be able to find a job. You're not totally blind, and many people who have never been sighted are gainfully employed.

Don't bother responding with your stupid Ms. Anonymous label. I'm a guy who calls you what you are: a phony, a fake and a fraud.

Anonymous said...

@8:40 While I don't disagree with what he is saying, please don't tell us he is eloquent. His misuse of the word "then" (twice in his letter) which even Tony corrected in the subject line of the story takes him out of that category. Brandon is a politician who traded a vote last year with the Republicans and got burned. He is learning and when he gets the money to have someone proofread his public releases he might move up to eloquent.

Anonymous said...

Byron, you say you've never been to Kansas City and then you say you've been all over the country. You need to keep your story straight, especially if you claim to have an IQ of 129.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Ms. 1:37 & 12:57

You're just being willfully ignorant. You call a me fake, a phoney, & a fraud because you're a bitter person. You're need to assert your superiority is pathological.

I donated $80 to Brandon's City Council Campaign.

I think that its funny that people think I'm stupid because we don't have the same opinions. Duh!

Anonymous said...

Cricketts his kids are 2 & 3 yrs old. His wife is a teacher in the KCPS.

Anonymous said...

Byron, I look at these posts a lot and you're always on them. I'm just curious why someone in WV feels the need to immerse themselves in pretty much every post on TKC? What is your obsession with KC - do you just not have enough local issues to participate in there?

Anonymous said...

BiRon is here to convert all the posts to all about BiRon's bullshit.

It helps get hits.

Won't be back.. so for the last time BiRon SHUT DA FUCK UP.

Anonymous said...

Byron thats not your money you gave away! Thief !

Anonymous said...

"I think that its funny that people think I'm stupid because we don't have the same opinions. Duh!"

Byron, that's the problem. YOU think other people are stupid because they don't agree with you. With your vast IQ, you are no doubt aware of a psychological phenomenon called projection. And, as for being a bitter person, well, I'm sure Mark would be able to shed some light on that. My observation is that you hate everything--especially your race and our country.

I don't mind people disagreeing with me. It happens all the time. I do object to people making up "facts" like: "Don't you know how all these black people came to be here? I'll give you a hint. It wasn't by choice." No one who is alive today was brought here as a slave. The black people who are born here come in the usual way, and there is nothing preventing any black (or white) person who wants to leave the US from doing so. The fact is most people want to come here--especially people from such hotbeds of democracy and tolerance as Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, etc. Many people think the descendants of slaves should be grateful fate brought them here. Many people in this world would give everything they have to trade places with them.

Anonymous said...

Byron I don't think you're completely stupid. You're able to commit welfare fraud and avoid an honest day's work so there has to be something between your ears.

The fact that you can't spell phony, misuse the words your and it's, and the way you avoid arguments that are too much for you show me you're not as smart as you think you are.

Your obsession with KCMO, the time you spend on this blog when you could be working and helping support yourself instead of sucking off the government, and your childish retorts tell me you're immature and lazy.

Your use of Ms. to address anyone who disagrees with you says you probably don't like women.

Anonymous said...

Damn good points 5:20
4:46 tells the asshole like it is as well.
4:05 nails it head on.

Anonymous said...

Big dummies ..
Byron is a tkc character,he's not real.

Anonymous said...

7:10, I hope you're right. If you're wrong and Byron is real, I pray he didn't breed.

Byron Funkhouser said...

This is a free speech zone, bitches.

Anonymous said...

Did you breed Byron? Darwin would be so disappointed.

Anonymous said...

My bad 3:01-it's actually another close family member of his that takes digs at kcps on Facebook. I must've confused his kids with another officials kids.

Anonymous said...

His wife is a chef who just quit her job. I agree that he is smart and probably has good ideas. He works hard. But why does he continue to put out written info that is so poorly written? To give proof that KCPS "scholars" are poorly educated? To "relate" to his homies - er constituents? He's also hardheaded which isn't totally a bad thing but it will be much better for him when he starts making some better decisions about what he puts out to the public. And the fact that the democrats and his "supporters" are quick to pat his head and label him "eloquent" shows who really supports him. They all have their own agenda. Part of it being "please just don't let us get anyone worse" is a big part of it for the democrats.

Anonymous said...

Several of Brandon's comments showed a lack of comprehension on what his state position requires of him. A course in civics and government would be beneficial.

Anonymous said...

Don't you know 5:52 he holds "classes" on the same thing you reference. AND did anyone notice Sistra Krystle Johnson is now his LA? She can't speak coherently either but she sure is proud of her new job. Check out her huge signature line on his newsletter email. Check out her profile pic on FB. She could be one of Tony's cleavage bearers. This nutjob displaced a middle-aged white woman, Donna Carter who was his LA. I hope at least Carter retired but idk.

Anonymous said...

2:07, you are absolutely correct.

Anonymous said...


Ditto!

Anonymous said...

Facebook stalker

Anonymous said...

Rep.Ellington continue to stand up against these drafters. The idiot posting is just jealous of you other wise why would he be following you? Ben

Anonymous said...

Hughes, ok.

Anonymous said...

Shut up butt pluggers she is Donna Carters sister in law she married to Donna's brother.