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Kansas City Missouri School District

Education Commissioner Outlines Options for KC Schools

Citing a critical need to not underestimate the stakes at hand, Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro presented to the State Board of Education her analysis of ways the state could assist the Kansas City Public Schools in regaining accreditation.


Community Feedback Received

Since the State Board’s action in September to classify the Kansas City Public Schools unaccredited effective Jan. 1, 2012, Nicastro has been collecting written and verbal feedback and having discussions with the district’s leadership, school staff, parents, community leaders and elected officials.  The written feedback has been scanned to PDF and provided for public review.


Town Hall Meeting

Commissioner Chris L. Nicastro held a town hall meeting in Kansas City on Tuesday evening, Oct. 11, to discuss the accreditation status and next steps for the Kansas City Missouri School District.  Nearly 130 residents and community leaders gathered at the Paseo Academy of Performing and Fine Arts to receive an overview and update by the commissioner.

A goal of the town hall meeting was to solicit community feedback about the possible formation of a State Monitoring and Assistance Team. Nicastro asked attendees to weigh in on what the team’s role and responsibilities should be and to help identify the characteristics of the individuals who should be selected to serve on the team.  She also invited other ideas for ways DESE could provide assistance, as the district works to regain accredited status.

Nicastro devoted the remainder of the meeting to answer questions submitted by the audience.  With an attentive group and about 15 minutes of extra time, she addressed every question submitted.


Town Hall Meeting Materials