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No Cost Covid Testing

Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, KC Cares, Samuel U. Rogers Health Center and Swope Health to offer no-cost COVID-19 testing for KCPS staff, students, families and community members.

KCPS Celebrates Church As Community Champion

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell honored Friendship Baptist Church as a Community Champion during a School Board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Taps Trio As Terrific Teammates

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following staff members as Terrific Teammates during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 9.

KCPS Honors Six Students As Scholar Superstars

The Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent Mark Bedell recognized the following students as Scholar Superstars during a virtual School Board meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 10.

KCPS Seeking Feedback from Families with Thoughtexchange

We want to stay connected and hear your questions and ideas about how we should move forward during this pandemic and in this educational landscape. With that in mind, we're asking KCPS families for five minutes today and another five minutes tomorrow to help us plan for the future. Please join our “Thoughtexchange” today to share your thoughts and questions.

Pivot International Donates 7,000 Shields to KCPS

Pivot International, a Lenexa, KS-based global leader in product design, development, and manufacturing, has partnered with Kansas City Public Schools to enhance maximal protection for students and staff with a gift of 7,000 safety shields.

KCPS Board of Education (BOE)

The Kansas City Public Schools IT support team is changing their hours of operation for walk-in support to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the BOE building, which is located at 2901 Troost Ave. in Kansas City, MO.

Lincoln Middle Debate Takes Tourney Title

The Lincoln Middle School debate team successfully made the case for being among the best in the region with a first-place finish in the DEBATE Kansas City (DKC) tournament held virtually on Thursday evening, Dec.3.

Charter School Initiative

Kansas City Public Schools will explore any and all opportunities that may offer an enhanced educational experience for children and families with the goal to ensure all children living within the KCPS boundaries have access to a quality Pre-K through 12 educational experience and graduate ready for college, career and life.

Kansas City Public Schools sponsors charter schools through the KCPS Office of Education Collaboration. A charter school is an independent public school, supported with public funds, and operated in partnership with a state-approved sponsor. Charter schools are non-sectarian, do not discriminate in their admission policies and may not charge tuition or fees. A charter school sponsored by KCPS may operate independently or in partnership with KCPS serving as the Sponsor and Local Educational Agency (LEA).

Charter school sponsorship is another way in which KCPS supports quality education for all children in the Kansas City Public Education System. Charter school sponsors in Missouri are charged by the state with three primary tasks

  • Evaluate and approve charter school applications
  • Monitor school compliance with state and federal regulations and meeting charter goals
  • Renew or revoke school charters based on performance

Additionally, sponsors are charged by state law with ensuring that their charter schools meet the student achievement goals and financial and operational standards required by the contracts (or "charters" — hence the term "charter school") made between the charter schools and their sponsors.

The office routinely attends school governing board meetings, reviews documentation, and visits schools to an ensure an understanding of operations. The office may provide technical assistance and connections to resources when schools make requests.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in KCPS’ sponsorship of charter schools, contact Charnissa Holliday-Scott, Director of Education Systems, at 816-418-7285 or chollidayscott@kcpublicschools.org.

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