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Full School Board Member Photo with Dr. Bedell

The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Missouri School District will hold the following Special Board Meeting via videoconferencing. The public may attend via telephone conference call.

The Public may phone in using the following Conference Call numbers:
+1 816-702-6421 United States, Kansas City (Toll)
Conference ID: 644 741 088#

Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

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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