Lawmakers to decide on Kansas City School District accreditation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The future of the Kansas City, Mo., School District is in the hands of Missouri lawmakers.

District officials were in Jefferson City Tuesday morning to make a case as to why Kansas City schools deserves partial accreditation.

It’s been a long road to this point, with the latest testing data shows a marked improvement among Kansas City students.

Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green says test scores jumped 40 percent year to year and they are now high enough to deserve partial accreditation.

For the past two years, the state has threatened to take over the school district and disband the school board. But with students showing progress in the classroom, Green says the district deserves to be re-instated with partial accreditation – and he doesn’t want to stop there.

He wants full accreditation by this time next year.

“We think that this is a question many will have, yes, you made a tremendous leap this year but can you sustain that and go forward and we think absolutely we can,” Green said. “We have the talent in the district, we have the resources to do so and we have the focus and the priority to do so.”

The district came within one-one-thousandth of a point of qualifying for partial accreditation last year, and if they don’t get it, students could transfer out of the district without penalty, though a pending lawsuit has stopped that from happening so far.

The State Board of Education is not expected to rule on the issue on Tuesday, but we should know soon whether the students and teachers efforts in the classroom will pay off.

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