Whilst the plebs and halfwits are sending a bevy of love letters to this school boss . . . Here's the main reason that parents and politicos should remain skeptical . . .
KCPS TEST SCORES AND ENROLLMENT STILL RANK HORRIBLY!!!
As we noted earlier today . . . KC families have voted with their feet. If there was really progress with local schools we'd see more students flocking to the embattled institution — That's not happening as word of mouth amongst neighbors warns people to stay away.
Also . . .
REGAINING ACCREDITATION WAS SKETCHY IN A POST-COVID WORLD!!!
Overall . . . American public education is in the toilet after the plague taught us that school is mostly a place for poor parents to practice their politics.
Whilst local politicos are quick to cite progress for this paperwork accomplishment . . . It's fair that skeptical parents view mostly unchanged and awful test scores as a sign that the accreditation win was mostly a political decision from beleaguered Missouri officials.
In fairness, here's part of Dr. Bedell's statement and links to more info . . .
“We have accomplished so much together these last six years. It has been a phenomenal experience working alongside all of you to achieve accreditation for our students. However, the time has come for me to move on personally and professionally. Today I am announcing my resignation from Kansas City Public Schools, effective August 5, 2022.
"I know this announcement may come as a surprise. When the KCPS Board of Directors took a chance on me in 2016, I promised to move this district to full accreditation. Together, we increased our graduation rate from 68% to 78%. We increased the number of KCPS students taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual credit classes by 44% — and quintupled the number of students who received college credit. Nearly 300 students have graduated from our Middle College program, many of whom wouldn’t have received a diploma without support from KCPS, Metropolitan Community College and the Full Employment Council. Think about the lives we have changed as a result.
"After the Missouri State Board of Education restored our accreditation in January, I emphasized that the work would continue — and it will. What we have built over the last six years is a solid foundation of support for our students and families. I am leaving strong people and programs in place, and I trust them to keep moving KCPS forward . . ."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .
'I think Dr. Bedell has done a wonderful job': Colleague reacts to KCPS superintendent's resignation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - News of the resignation of Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell has garnered reactions of shock and sadness among many in the Kansas City community. "I'm certainly sad. I think Dr. Bedell has done a wonderful job for us," said Jason Roberts, president of the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel.
Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) announced today that Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell will be leaving the district after six years. The KCPS Board of Directors has voted unanimously to make Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier Interim Superintendent for the 2022-23 school year.
After six years at the helm of the Kansas City, Missouri, Public School District, Dr. Mark Bedell is stepping down as superintendent.Bedell has pushed the district through triumph and sorrow, from regaining the district's accreditation, to losing a student in a stabbing inside a middle school bathroom, and countless moments in between.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A surprise for many families with students in the Kansas City, Missouri, School District: Dr. Mark Bedell will be leaving Kansas City Public Schools after six years as superintendent.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After serving as the superintendent for the Kansas City, Missouri, Public Schools district since 2016, Dr. Mark Bedell is heading to Maryland. Bedell, who announced his resignation from KCPS on Thursday, was named as the new superintendent for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools district.
You decide . . .