How about a clean fix for Kansas City schools?
The Kansas City Star
Can the Missouri legislature ever just get something done?
Apparently not, judging from what’s happening with a bill that would allow the state to immediately intervene in the Kansas City Public Schools.
It’s a good idea to give education Commissioner Chris Nicastro that flexibility as she tries to figure out what to do about the unaccredited district. But, as you can see here, lawmakers won’t let well enough alone.
One of the most objectionable amendments that made it through committee would instantly dissolve the Kansas City School Board. In favor of what? It may well be that some other form of governance would better serve Kansas City’s schoolchildren. But there has to be buy-in here, and that won’t happen if the legislature orders the board dissolved.
Another bad amendment requires students in unaccredited or provisionally accredited districts to repeat third grade if they aren’t proficient in reading. Sorry, but educators should decide on a case-by-case basis whether a child should repeat a grade.
Republican Rep. Myron Neth of Liberty helpfully introduced an amendment that would make the positive changes favored by school board members, such as downsizing the board from nine members to seven, and electing all seats at-large. That amendment should pass, but others are poorly conceived and just muddle an already complicated situation.