Per ushe, most of the content from the newspaper is pure promotional garbage.
However, in order to hype one of their favorites, they inadvertently offered a reasonable perspective on the problems which have confronted the district . . .
"Instability in leadership was one of the reasons the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education cited for stripping the district of its accreditation in 2011. KCPS has yet to get it back. The district needed someone to reverse enrollment decline, improve academic performance and graduation rates, hire the best teachers and get them in the right classrooms, raise the course rigor, provide more early childhood opportunities, assure equity in education and in extra curricular offerings and more. In short, change the narrative and reality of KCPS to one of a system that is thriving."
And so we ask . . .
WHAT HAS CHANGED?!?!
Test scores are still mediocre especially when we're talking STEM.
The pandemic sparked a MASSIVE DROPOUT and scores of students just disappeared during the worst parts of COVID.
Unfortunately, an even worse question looms . . .
WOULD YOU SEND YOUR STUDENT TO KCPS IF THERE WAS ANY OTHER OPTION?!?
For most, the answers is a resounding NO.
Proof . . .
"Of the more than 26,500 K-12 students who attended either KCPS or a charter school within the district’s boundaries near the end of September, a slight majority attends one of 20 charter schools."
Sadly . . .
The newspaper isn't really offering their readers any objective analysis or numbers supporting the KCPS honcho . . . Instead, we're simply enduring another celebratory screed hyping a bourgeois hero with very little achievement but politics appealing to middle-class scribes.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
OPINION AND COMMENTARY When Mark Bedell was looking for a job, he stood behind a podium in the auditorium at Kansas City's Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts and made a promise to the packed house that January evening and to the city: If he were hired to serve as the Kansas City Public Schools superintendent, he would stay until the job is done.