Kansas City "journalists" are far too timid and scared to offer readers a glimpse about the reality of the upcoming school board vote and so tonight we want to share a bit more background about a power player in this contest that's hasn't really been documented.
The basics . . .
Here's the group that threatens to seriously shake up the KCPS:
BLAQUE, a nonprofit committed to advancing educational equity to significantly improve the outcomes for African American students in public schools.
As a Missouri nonprofit the group doesn't have to disclose their funding; they have spent more than $100K in this election so far. Speculation contends their getting cash from right-wing conservative sources and infamous box stores . . . But insiders also notice that progressive groups like ACT BLUE are also helping the group push their election message.
The latest campaign finance document reports another 50 GRAND spent in the lead up to the April 6th.
Interestingly, most election dark money is carefully hidden. HOWEVER, Blaque founder Dr. Cokethea Hill has autographed every campaign disclosure and boldly placed herself at the forefront of this movement.
Outsiders wouldn't be out of line in suggesting that she's the architect of this this election effort.
Aside from rhetoric, here's what we can decipher regarding the agenda of Blaque & Dr. Hill:
- Blaque advocates more charter schools.
- If they win both seats for which they're competing, Dr. Mark Bedell will likely be ousted as Superintendent.
- Some of their members advocate a radical plan that could basically dissolve the KCPS altogether or, at least, take nearly every school out of their direct control.
The group has a great deal of grassroots support and their hope to repurpose blighted school buildings has garnered enthusiasm from a surprising cross-section of amateur urban planners.
But better than our summary, here's a glimpse at what the group has to say for themselves . . .
Finally . . .
And so . . .
Without much reporting, insight or analysis by local media . . . A smallish, low turnout vote threatens to decide the fate of the Kansas City Public Schools as pro public supporters tout upcoming accreditation and progress whilst Dr. Hill & Blaque advocate for radical change.
You decide . . .