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Lawmakers’ listening tour to take public’s pulse on education issues

Updated: 2013-10-22T02:25:41Z

By JOE ROBERTSON

The Kansas City Star

Several hot items stand atop a legislative listening tour coming to Kansas City this week — such as early childhood education and the Common Core.

But a worrisome student transfer law and Kansas City Public Schools’ accreditation situation figure to top them all.

“That is so thorny,” said state Rep. Judy Morgan, a Democrat from Kansas City and member of the House Interim Education Committee.

The listening tour stops in Kansas City at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 245 of the the Atterbury Student Success Center in Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes St., on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

The public is welcome, and people can sign up to speak on any of 10 topics on the event’s agenda.

In addition to early childhood education, the Common Core State Standards and the transfer law, the committee also will discuss teacher evaluation, lengthening the school day and school year, virtual schools and technology, student safety, parent-community-school relationships, wraparound social services in schools and college students’ perspectives on high school.

The Kansas City district has improved its performance in some areas but remains unaccredited. The transfer law, as it stands, allows students to leave the district for nearby accredited districts. The unaccredited district must pay for the student’s education and transportation.

“I would like to see a show of force from people that they support the schools,” Morgan said.

To reach Joe Robertson, call 816-234-4789 or send email to jrobertson@kcstar.com.

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