Complex Justice: A conversation with Dr. Bedell and Dr. Dunn

Mark your calendar and register for this important event: Complex Justice: A conversation with Dr. Bedell and Dr. Dunn. Thursday, January 24 from 5:15-6:30pm at Paseo Academy. The community is invited to discuss the important desegregation case of Missouri v. Jenkins. Learn about the history of segregation and desegregation and how it impacted the Kansas City School District. Engage in a fireside chat with Dr. … Continue reading Complex Justice: A conversation with Dr. Bedell and Dr. Dunn

Interview with Charlie Shields, President of the Missouri State Board of Education

Steve Kraske’s KCUR interview with Charlie Shields this fall made headlines when he said there was a possibility KCPS might regain full accreditation sooner than later. But the interview also led Shields to share sage advice about the perception of Kansas City schools. The idea of expanding school choice in Kansas City continues to be promoted as a necessity to ensure our students receive a … Continue reading Interview with Charlie Shields, President of the Missouri State Board of Education

Tour your neighborhood school

Eight years ago when we were looking at schools for my oldest, we toured 3 schools and found them all to be great. One of the best ways to learn more about KC schools is to take a tour. Please consider touring your neighborhood schools as well as other schools you are interested in. Neighborhood schools do not always have prescheduled tours or open houses … Continue reading Tour your neighborhood school

Takeaways from KCUR Integration Discussion Sept 20, 2018

I was grateful to be included in a local conversation about integration in schools this fall with KCUR’s Central Standard. The resulting dialogue was thoughtful and candid. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing, and below are a few of the takeaways that stuck with me the most. Listen: KCUR Central Standard: Integration of Schools Susan Wilson, Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion … Continue reading Takeaways from KCUR Integration Discussion Sept 20, 2018

Integrated Schools Parent Meetup Dec 9 at the Plaza Library 4-6pm

Thinking about school choice? Then think about Integrated Schools! Join us to talk about racial & socioeconomic integration and public schools and the integrated schools movement and YOUR KID. Casual conversation. Thoughtful discussion. Bring your questions and your kids. Snacks and toys will be available. Continue reading Integrated Schools Parent Meetup Dec 9 at the Plaza Library 4-6pm

Starting with the same information around integrating Kansas City schools

It’s important we start conversations today around integrating Kansas City schools with the same information. School desegregation reached it’s peak in the US in 1988. In the 1987-88 school year, KCPS received a AAA rating from the state, the highest possible. However since Brown v. Board, a series of subsequent court decisions reduced court oversight and the ability of districts to desegregate. Among them: decisions … Continue reading Starting with the same information around integrating Kansas City schools

School choice, privilege, and impact in Kansas City

It is so important for us to think about school choice, privilege, and impact in Kansas City, where we are so full of school options. We have dozens of private, charter, signature, and neighborhood choices. Over 30% of school aged children are white, yet only 10% students enrolled in public schools are white. The zoned areas for our public schools often include diverse neighborhoods, yet … Continue reading School choice, privilege, and impact in Kansas City