Dr. Mark Bedell

A Letter From Dr. Bedell

Hello, KCPS families, friends, staff and visitors!

Dr Mark Bedell

Friday morning, Dec. 7, the Kansas City Public Schools Board of Directors hosted their annual Legislative Breakfast for a large group of stakeholders from across the community at the BOE. Board Chair Melissa Robinson and members John Fierro and Jennifer Wolfsie outlined the current public education landscape and walked through the 2019 KCPS Legislative Priorities.

The School Board members – led by the Government Relations Ad Hoc Committee – worked extremely hard to craft these priorities. They carefully considered the most important issues that we need our elected representatives to address in the coming legislative session in Jefferson City. Here are the top three priorities:

  • Adequate and equitable public school funding
  • Legislation and the enforcement of current statutes to provide transparency regarding the financial stewardship and governance of public school districts and charter schools to ensure accountability for the use of public funds
  • Laws and local ordinances pertaining to tax incentive and abatement programs to provide school districts with greater determination over the use of the duly authorized local revenue sources
  • We are very blessed to have our own School Board of elected officials who care deeply about our schools and devote a remarkable amount of time, energy and talent to helping our system thrive with great policy and governance. It’s important for everyone who cares about the future of our schools to take a few minutes to read through our 2019 Legislative Priorities. Access the full document by visiting the School Board’s page.

    Yours in education,
    Dr. Mark Bedell
    Superintendent of Schools