Parents left wondering what KCPS dismantling plan could mean for their students

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Following Monday's recommendations from CEE-Trust to dismantle the Kansas City Public School District, parents want to know how the recommendations will impact their children's education.

Kristi Odum has a son that is a freshman at Paseo Academy. She participated in a focus group late last year that was put together by CEE-Trust and said most of the parents in the focus group expressed their dissatisfaction with the district. She said there are gaps in her son's education and that the district needs to better prepare students for the Missouri Assessment Program, also known as MAP testing.

"As a parent you think everything is fine in grades because you say, ‘Oh my child is getting an A or a B,' and you don't realize how detrimentally they are behind until you get their overall map test scores," Odum said.

She has thought about taking her son out of the district but fears she would disrupt her son's education

"I don't want to make a drastic change on him and it may not be for the better," she said.

While Odum is hopeful about the possibility of restructuring the district, she fears the quality of education will not be the same across the board for schools in Kansas City.

"It could work, but you may also end up in a situation where you have isolated schools and you have an exceptional school like Lincoln that's isolated by itself and then the next school may not be as functional because the administration might not be there," she said. "So, you have to have some level of a system of continuity so that you have consistency in every school so that it won't be isolated pockets of excellence here and then mediocrity over there."

Odum said Tuesday that CEE-Trust is expected to brief parents who were involved in the focus group.

"You're always hopeful when there is a restructuring but you never know what it's going to look like until it's actually put together," she said.

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