New contract adds stability to Kansas City schools

10/26/2013 6:40 PM

10/26/2013 6:40 PM

Kansas City Public Schools didn’t get the state to raise its unaccredited status to provisional accreditation even though it earned that change, but the school board did sign Superintendent Stephen Green to a new contract, which commits him to five more years.

That’s a plus for the district, which has had trouble keeping superintendents in the past. The schools, the children and the community need the stability, the high expectations and the push for academic excellence that Green offers.

Green was appointed superintendent in the summer of 2011 after John Covington‘s unexpected and unprofessional exit for a job in Detroit. The Kansas City district is a lot smaller but financially and administratively stable.

Signing Green for five more years should let teachers, students, parents and the community know that the focus won’t change in the push for early childhood education, reopening middle schools and full accreditation.

The Missouri General Assembly just has to amend the law allowing students in unaccredited districts like Kansas City to transfer to a surrounding accredited district, leaving the bill for the change with the floundering schools. Unless the law is changed, Kansas City Public Schools and other unaccredited districts are are in trouble.

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