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

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

“If you have choice without civil rights policies, it stratifies the system.” – Gary Orfield, the co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA

A panel took place recently that explored segregation in Kansas City. The guest speakers were Michelle Wimes, Mayor Sly James, Arthur Benson, and Tanner Colby. It’s important that this conversation took place here and that the focus was on Kansas City. Too often, Kansas City avoids this discussion, and would rather assume what is happening across the country is not the same as what is … Continue reading “If you have choice without civil rights policies, it stratifies the system.” – Gary Orfield, the co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA