KCMO school superintendent: Full accreditation within reach

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dr. Stephen Green, the superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, made it perfectly clear in his annual address Monday that the district's main goal is to regain full accreditation.

And with the test results in the last two years, the district is knocking on the door of full accreditation.

Dr. Green compared his state of the schools address in 2011.  He said it was the darkest times for the district when it was stripped of accreditation.  In Monday's address, Green said the district would continue to redirect rebuild and revamp school like bringing back middle schools by next year.

Other top points of the superintendent's speech included focusing on early childhood development -- treating the whole child by taking it to one stop needs --basically save our children from the streets and focusing on success.

Some of the statistics Green quoted to show improvement -- 13 out of 32 schools qualified individually for full accreditation.  Six out of 32 schools qualified for provisional accreditation.  The overall score for Kansas City was 60 percent.  It will take 70 percent to get full accreditation.

The school district will continue to make students the CEO of their own education.

The district will also have a literacy focus.  The focus will be on getting better teachers. Green pointed out that it was morning when he gave his speech.

"It's a new day at the Kansas City Public School System," he said.

The district also released a public meeting schedule.  The next public meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Paseo Academy located at 4747 Flora Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

See the school district's master plan at http://www.kcpublicschools.org/masterplan

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