Take the Two Tour Pledge

Nine years ago when we were looking at schools for my oldest, we toured three and found them all to be great. Looking back, we made the decision harder than it needed to be. We stressed about it and talked about it with many friends and neighbors. In the end, we chose a school where we knew no one. We became a part of that … Continue reading Take the Two Tour Pledge

Navigating school choice with racial/economic privilege

Sunday, December 8th 4:00-5:30 PM Plaza Library 4801 Main Street (Large conference room) Discuss how to make a great choice for your child and be a force for equity. Join other local parents on this journey for a thoughtful discussion. Children are welcome, snacks and toys will be available. Continue reading Navigating school choice with racial/economic privilege

Looking back at school choice decisions through a new lens of race and equity

This episode spoke to me as a parent getting ready to transition kids to high school. Our school choice decisions are not done after you pick an elementary school and Kansas City’s high schools, especially in the central and southern parts of the district, are intensely segregated. We all come to this conversation at different points and sometimes, like it was for this family, you … Continue reading Looking back at school choice decisions through a new lens of race and equity

Race, Equity, and Inclusion trainings

Please consider attending one of the upcoming Race, Equity & Inclusion sessions that will be held March 14-15 and April 11-12. These are 2-day workshops and you must attend sessions on both days to complete the training. I had the opportunity to attend this past fall and the extensive discussions on the history and social contructs of race were eye opening, affirming, and will have … Continue reading Race, Equity, and Inclusion trainings

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

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