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Kansas City schools likely on track for full accreditation

Steve Green, departing superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, talked about his role as superintendent. He is leaving at the end of June for a similar position with the DeKalb County School District in the Atlanta area.
Steve Green, departing superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools, talked about his role as superintendent. He is leaving at the end of June for a similar position with the DeKalb County School District in the Atlanta area. tljungblad@kcstar.com

As Steve Green leaves Kansas City Public Schools for the superintendent’s job at DeKalb County Schools in the Atlanta area, he can at least know that he kept the promise he made about a year ago for the district to be on track to attain full accreditation in 2015.

Green leaves Kansas City after serving four years as its superintendent. With incredible help from teachers, the administration, the school board, the parents, the students and the community, the district was able to claw its way from losing state accreditation in January 2012 with the threat of a state take over, to earning provisional accreditation in August 2014.

Preliminary results from spring high school testing indicates that the districts scores are likely high enough for it to quality for full accreditation. The state, however, will likely want to see at least two years of progress before upgrading Kansas City Public Schools’ accreditation status.

It couldn’t come soon enough. Certainly the banners on some schools in the district proudly proclaiming that they are provisionally accredited would speak with a lot more authority and credibility if they touted that the schools finally have earned full accreditation.

With a little more time and work, certainly that’s possible as well as Kansas City Public Schools earning and keeping the community’s trust and support.

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