Letters Show KC Anger Over School District Problems

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last week, the Missouri State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said that she wants feedback from Kansas City residents before making a recommendation about the future of the Kansas City Missouri School District – and Kansas City residents have responded – mostly in anger.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has compiled and posted over 500 of the letters they’ve received on their website, ranging from parents and teachers to taxpayers, and the overwhelming consensus appears to be that Kansas City residents are angry about the state of the district, which will lose its state accreditation on January 1 following years of poor test scores, declining enrollment and a virtual revolving-door at the superintendent position.

“Do away with the Kansas City School District and start anew,” said John Murphy in his letter. Murphy says that when he moved to the city 12 years ago, he attended a few school board meetings and says that he knew right away that he was going to send his child to a private school.

“Everytime I go down there, it’s bedlam,” said Murphy. “We would love to be able to do is take over that school district in smaller chunks and run and run it well.”

Murphy says that he is in favor of other options as well, including one in which the district would be run by a mayoral-controlled committee.

“That’s telling me that finally the elected class in the city and the business class in the city have realized what a detriment in having no school district has been to the city,” said Murphy. “With the resources we have in the city and in this country and the brain power we have in this country that we can’t find a better way to run a school district, it’s shocking and it’s sinful.”

If you would like to write a letter to the Education Commissioner, or read other letters already sent in, click here.

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