Skip To Main Content
KCPS NEWS
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.

Curbside Pick-Up for School Meals

The Kansas City Public Schools Department of Child Nutrition Services is launching a curbside pick-up service for student meals starting on Monday, Dec. 14 and continuing through our upcoming Winter Break.

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.

Join Us In Dismantling the Legacy of Racism

Dr. Mark Bedell

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell released the following statement in response to the historic events of Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Mark Bedell

I struggled to sleep last night after watching the protesting and rioting at Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The fact that these actions were encouraged and condoned further supports the disparities in how privilege plays out in this country. The delay in additional law enforcement presence leads me to believe that this was an intentional act to dismantle democracy because this event would not have continued for the duration it did if it were people of color.  

It’s hard to imagine that this is 2021 and these rioters showed up with nooses and cable ties in an effort to intimidate and cause physical harm to elected officials. Unfortunately, it’s not unbelievable because this is where we are as a country. 

As an educational leader, I’ve fought hard to address discriminatory practices and inequities that are naturally built into the fabric of schooling. We have to continue to dismantle this structure which is built on systemic racism. Failure to address the root cause will only lead to further disparities for the oppressed, disproportionately impacting African Americans at a much higher rate than any other race in this country. 

In 2021, we will continue to adhere to our equity policy that was adopted in 2018. All administrative and board policies must and will be examined to be more responsive to the children we serve. Our student handbook is in the final stages of being revised and oppressive language is being removed. We are also examining the removal of subjectivity in how our discipline policies are administered. Failure to do so could again place KCPS within the Office of Civil Rights data, highlighting disproportionate numbers of African American students being suspended. 

As I reflect on how divided this country is, I have to share what that looks like as an educator in Kansas City. Our recent educational landscape analysis reveals that we are more intensely segregated as an educational system (including KCPS and charter schools) than we were in 1999. This means that most of our schools are still majority minority students. Yet here we are in 2021 - it’s been six decades since the Civil Rights Movement and we are still having this conversation. We are still experiencing the remnants of what should have already been crushed. 

We have made some progress, but not nearly enough. We have yet to fully address racism in Kansas City. Nothing will improve until we together take steps to acknowledge, understand and correct the lasting impact of racism’s legacy. We have an opportunity to dismantle the tenets of structural racism and make Kansas City a place for all. This is our vision, and we hope you join us in making it a reality.

Yours in education,
Dr. Mark T. Bedell

Versión en español:

Anoche me fué dificil dormir después de ver las protestas y los disturbios en Capitol Hill el miércoles. El hecho de que estas acciones fueran alentadas y aprobadas respalda aún más las disparidades en la forma en que se desarrollan los privilegios en este país. La demora en la presencia adicional de las fuerzas del orden público me lleva a creer que se trató de un acto intencional para desmantelar la democracia porque este evento no habría continuado durante el tiempo que lo hizo si hubiera sido gente de color.

Es difícil imaginar que estamos en el 2021 y estos alborotadores aparecieron con sogas y ataduras de cables en un esfuerzo por intimidar y causar daño físico a los funcionarios electos. Desafortunadamente, no es increíble, porque es aquí donde hemos llegado como país.

Como líder educativo, he luchado arduamente para abordar las prácticas discriminatorias y las desigualdades que están naturalmente integradas en la estructura de la educación. Tenemos que seguir desmantelando esta estructura que se basa en el racismo sistémico. No abordar la causa raíz solo conducirá a mayores disparidades para los oprimidos, lo que afectará de manera desproporcionada a los afroamericanos en una tasa mucho más alta que cualquier otra raza en este país.

En el 2021, continuaremos adhiriéndonos a nuestra política de equidad que se adoptó en 2018. Todas las políticas administrativas y de la junta deben y serán examinadas para ser más receptivas a los niños a quienes servimos. Nuestro manual del estudiante está en las etapas finales de revisión y se está eliminando el lenguaje opresivo. También estamos examinando la eliminación de la subjetividad en cómo se administran nuestras políticas de disciplina. No hacerlo podría colocar nuevamente a KCPS dentro de los datos de la Oficina de Derechos Civiles, destacando un número desproporcionado de estudiantes afroamericanos suspendidos.

Mientras reflexiono sobre lo dividido que está este país, tengo que compartir cómo se ve esto como educador en Kansas City. Nuestro análisis reciente del panorama educativo revela que estamos más intensamente segregados como sistema educativo (incluidas KCPS y escuelas Charter) de lo que estábamos en 1999. Esto significa que la mayoría de nuestras escuelas siguen siendo estudiantes de minorías mayoritarias. Sin embargo, aquí estamos en el 2021, han pasado seis décadas desde el Movimiento de Derechos Civiles y todavía estamos teniendo esta conversación. Todavía estamos experimentando los restos de lo que ya debería haber sido aplastado.

Hemos logrado algunos avances, pero no lo suficiente. Todavía tenemos que abordar por completo el racismo en Kansas City. Nada mejorará hasta que juntos tomemos medidas para reconocer, comprender y corregir el impacto duradero del legado del racismo. Tenemos la oportunidad de desmantelar los principios del racismo estructural y hacer de Kansas City un lugar para todos. Esta es nuestra visión y esperamos que se una a nosotros para hacerla realidad.

  • Read