The upcoming Kansas City school board vote will decide the fate of Dr. Bedell.
If an upstart urban core faction wins, they'll quickly move to fire the school honcho.
If pro public school board members maintain their positions, the leader will likely keep his eye-popping $282,000 annual salary with benefits.
Either way, the fate of KCMO students at provisionally accredited schools is the last thing on anybody's mind.
As always, this is a struggle for power and money.
A few fundamental facts of life . . .
Charter schools can more easily award plush contacts to cronies whilst providing better services to proficient students. The poor youngsters who can't cut it or bring down test score averages are then flushed back into the KCPS.
Meanwhile, whilst smarter people than TKC have shown a great deal of patience with Dr. Bedell, the progress toward accreditation has been moving at a glacial pace. Only COVID and lowering Missouri standards overall has sparked KCPS progress.
That's the background but here's our Sunday story . . .
INTERNETS TROLLS ARE CIRCULATING PRE-ELECTION FAKE NEWS ATTEMPTING TO SMEAR DR. BEDELL!!!
I don't even know why I'm standing up for the guy, the jerk blocked me on Twitter but it's still important to offer some fact check about a ridiculous rumor.
What's the best way to handle it???
I don't wanna do a screen cap because that feels like propagating the obvious obfuscation.
Instead we'll simply link to the account of an online comedian who is picking up traction and thousands of likes & shares for posting a sketchy reference and what looks like nothing more than clever Photoshop.
First and foremost . . .
WE TRULY BELIEVE THESE INSINUATIONS ARE RIDICULOUS AND FALSE!!!
It's exceptionally unlikely that the top ranking KCMO public school official would be so brazen and silly to post such nonsense publicly.
There's no confirmation or any other source for the suggestion of booty model fandom.
Also, the convenient timing so close to a crucial election draws suspicion.
Moreover, there's a really nasty racial undertone of this posting regarding "watermelons" that exposes the nastier chatter on the Internets.
Whilst we may not totally agree with his leadership and we don't think he should be getting a quarter million in salary: It's worth stipulating that Dr. Bedell works tirelessly for the KCPS and has always earnestly advocated for the well-being, safety and benefit of students.
It's ludicrous to think the guy is trolling OnlyFans accounts. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
More to the point and with thanks to KICK-ASS TKC READERS who seriously doubt that the story is legit . . .
ONLY A MORON WOULD BELIEVE INSTAGRAM FAKE NEWS!!!
Even worse . . .
THIS SMEAR CAMPAIGN IS STUPID BECAUSE FANS OF AN INSTAGRAM JOKE ACCOUNT AREN'T GOING TO VOTE IN THE UPCOMING APRIL 6TH SHOWDOWN!!!
Instead, what we witness on this Easter Sunday is the gutter tactics of Kansas City politics on display in this upcoming low turnout election where only a handful of voters will decide the fate of this cowtown and our schools.
Developing . . .