Parents fear for their children's future after KCPS denied accreditation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Now that the Missouri Board of Education has announced they will not give Kansas City Public Schools provisional accreditation, some parents fear for their child's future.

Without accreditation, some fear students will transfer for other districts to get a better education.

Dasia Calhoun said KCPS isn't giving her kids the education they need.

"I've tried to get my kids in different types of charter schools, they're saying the charter schools are full, they have you on a waiting list," Calhoun said. "You have no choice but to put them in the neighborhood schools or they're not going to go to school at all."

On Thursday, the department said less than 30 percent of students are proficient in science and math, Almost 70 percent of students are not reading or performing math at grade level.

"I try to tell my kids all the time there is more in this world than living in Kansas City. I try to get them to think outside the box, but how can I do that if he's not getting the basic education he needs for the 6th grade," Calhoun worried.

For now, the district is keeping its fingers crossed.

The Board of Education will make a final decision at the end of October.

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