KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Members of the parent and citizen group
the Right Thing For Kids" want to hold the Kansas City School
Board accountable. Group members began Wednesday night by filling
out a report card about the school board meeting.
“We’re talking about policies, are they following
the policies, are they staying within the financial limits and
conducting the meetings correctly,” said former school board
member Dr. Bill Eddy.
Eddy is currently a member of “Do the Right Thing For
Kids.” He said members spent months observing meetings to
come up with the report card’s criteria. Eddy believes the
district has done a good job of getting out of a financial crisis,
but more work needs to be done.
“One way you improve is to get some good feedback from
outside your system who will maybe tell you the truth,” said
About 7 group members will attend each meeting to grade board
members. The postings will first be available to school board
members to see, and then the evaluations will be posted on the
Parent Linnea Williams is one of several hundred supporters that
make up "Do the Right Thing For Kids." She hopes the report card
will make a difference.
“I think if they can be more precise in their meetings
that will attract more people to come to the meetings and involved
with what happens in the school board,” said Williams.
Eddy said he told the board about the report card before the
program began. He believes board members have mixed emotions.
“Some of them think it's going to be useful some of them
are wary until they see what we are doing, but I think that's
natural," said Eddy.