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January 14, 2014

James supports “elements” of school reform plan

The Kansas City mayor says he supports some reforms in the new study — and claims credit for offering similar solution two years ago.

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Kansas City Mayor Sly James has offered qualified support for recommendations in a study suggesting a major overhaul of the Kansas City Mo. Public Schools


“We need to look at how we can re-envision the educational landscape to replicate current success stories and bring more of the best teaching minds to our City,” James’ statement said. “I do not believe that equates to the state micromanaging our local classrooms, bold actions without accountability, or shipping students from the urban core to the suburbs with the expectation that they will succeed academically, socially, or emotionally.”

The state-sponsored study, released yesterday, suggested a transition to a non-profit model for Kansas City, Mo. schools — there would still be an overarching central office, but school buildings would be run by other districts or non-profits.

In an email, the mayor’s office said he was not endorsing the specific study, but wants further exploration of some of the parts in it.

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