Faith-based group MORE2 proposes fix for Kansas City Public Schools

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City faith-based group is speaking out against state school leaders over how they're handling plans to fix the unaccredited Kansas City Public School District.

MORE2 believes state education leaders need to give the district more time to let the current plan succeed under Superintendent Stephen Green.

On Thursday, the organization held a news conference to send a message to the state board of education, criticizing them for a meeting they held Wednesday night at the Paseo Academy.

They are calling for a year extension to give the district the chance to grow student performance even more.

"We need to make sure that our district is operated by stakeholders in the district," MORE2 Co-Chair Rodney Williams said.

The state board is expected to vote on a proposal in three weeks, but the group is afraid the board will chose the proposal from CEE-Trust, a group hired by the board.

"The part of the process of fairness that we're seeking would include an open, objective look at the progress that has been made in the last couple of years," MORE2's Rabbi Douglas Alpert said.

MORE2 believes that proposal would only turn the district into groups of charter schools.

"What we want is change that is equitable for all of our children, and we would continue to be a part of creating that," said Jan Parks of MORE2. "We would never be against new ideas and solutions, but we must question them."

The group's sister organization in St. Louis also held the same presentation in their area.

MORE2 plans to request a meeting with state leaders to address their concerns and ideas.

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