Consultants for KC Schools Temper Expectations

3 years 8 months 5 days ago October 21, 2013 Oct 21, 2013 Monday, October 21 2013 Monday, October 21, 2013 3:13:43 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The consultants hired to recommend ways to improve Kansas City's public schools are tempering expectations.

In a progress report Monday to the State Board of Education, the consultants said there is little precedent of an urban district seeing a dramatic turnaround. But they also said a district of Kansas City's size could see substantial improvement.

The state hired The Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust to analyze the Kansas City School District and make recommendations for turning around troubled schools. The organization is working with a North Carolina-based education policy firm called Public Impact.

The consultants have begun interviews and focus-group sessions and are to release a draft report by January. A final report is expected in February.

Kansas City schools have been unaccredited since January 2012.

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