KCMOSD Superintendent Predicts No State Takeover

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The interim superintendent of the troubled Kansas City Missouri School District says that he predicts that the district will avoid being taken over by the state.

Dr. Stephen Green's bold prediction came at a meeting on Thursday where district officials gave state education officials and the public an update on what the district is doing to regain accreditation by the fall of 2014.

To regain full accreditation and avoid being taken over by the Missouri Department of Education, the district has to meet 14 state benchmarks. On Thursday, Dr. Green told those gathered at the meeting that the district now meets "five or six" of the standards, and has a "zoom lens" focus on meeting the rest.

"We're projecting five to six areas, so we will move from three to five or six," said Dr. Green. "We think that that's showing the state that we're making progress. Not that we're there yet, but that we're moving in the right direction."

Dr. Green admitted that the district still doesn't meet any of the state academic benchmarks, but he says that they are very close when it comes to grades three through five mathematics. He says that the district could regain accreditation in about a year.

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