Kansas City Missouri schools without a district
The Kansas City Star
I read Barb Shelly’s column today. Her shared idea of annexation sounds interesting. In this case, what if surrounding districts folded a few Kansas City Missouri public schools into their fold?
Proposal: Imagine a public school without the administrative layers of oversight and district leadership. No school board? Yes, that too.
In most discussions about the Kansas City Missouri School District, I read a narrative that takes a top-down view of the issues. Many believe that schools can improve, students can learn given proper leadership: school boards, superintendents with their degree-CV’d staffs, judges, not-for-profit think tanks. I encourage here, consideration for a simpler, primordial approach.
Students . Parents . Teachers . Principal . School Staff
A school network rather than a district. A council of principals. Parent/citizen foundations under the rubric of a not-for-profit who bolster the schools with resources: time, talent and treasure.
Principals, left to their own competent devices in a collaborative atmosphere with their faculties, can do great things. They will make progress one school at a time, and collectively as a network, if we support them as captains of their ships. Good fleets are a collection of great ships, Oh Captain, My Captain!