KC Schools Superintendent Hears Concerns

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Superintendent Stephen Green answered some tough questions, and made some promises to parents.

The issues ranged from accreditation to air conditioning units.

"On the scene with Dr. Green."

That's how the Kansas City. Mo. school district has dubbed these community talks. It's an opportunity for parents to hear how the district is doing, and to have their questions answered on the spot without a staged response.

"I think the superintendent is really honest in answering questions," Jamekia Kendrix said.  "It's good to get a response that isn't one that is thought out. It's kind of like one your feet come up with the response."

Dr. Stephen Green told the audience of about two dozen that the district is fiscally sound, and its able to shift funds to have a greater impact in the classroom. Green says that impact is already in place with the district meeting five of the 14 state targets to achieve accreditation.

"We want them to know we have a system of assessment in place of accountability and assessment particularly for our students with regards to test scores and their academic performance," Dr. Green said. He added that's something his district hadn't done before.

Dr. Green explained how data from base line tests are being used to help teachers focus on math and reading.

Jennifer Wolfsie a parent with two kids in the district. She wanted to make sure the data from test scores will make their way from the board room to the classroom.

"The data will help them so even better to really focus where they need to focus," Wolfsie said. "That's the beauty of data."

Green says he hopes more students who need help will attend the three weekly tutor sessions. He also said the district  will be open the first week in January to help students who are struggling.

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