Kansas City teachers rally in support of public education

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City teachers are rallying in an effort to raise awareness of the problems with the public education system.  

It's being called ‘Reclaim the Promise.' 

Monday's rally comes just one day after documents, which rally organizers believe show a state education leader working against the Kansas City School District, were made public.

The rally has been planned for weeks; this just happened to be perfect timing for MORE 2 after requesting more than 500 pages full of e-mails from the State Education Commissioner of Education Dr. Chris Nicastro showing what many are calling an abuse of power.

The emails contain what MORE 2 believes a rigged bidding process with the educational reform company CEE-Trust. 

"I don't think anything was fair from the beginning," said Rev. Ronald Williams, a co-chair of MORE 2 .

Williams told 41 Action News that the documents show that CEE-Trust had information from the beginning that they were able to use to win the bid; a bid that would allow them to come up with a plan for the Kansas City School District.

"It does appear that there has been a plan for months and months to deny the accreditation of the Kansas City School System," Williams said.

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green was surprised himself that his team was kept in the dark. 

"When I first learned about this, I was concerned, and quite frankly disturbed that all this was going on without any engagements of any of my team or me," Green said.

Williams said the things discovered in these documents remind him of insider trading on Wall Street: "It appears to me that our children are being traded as commodities on the stock market, and I think that is something the community needs to stand against."

41 Action News has reached out to Nicastro's office for comment, but has not heard back at this time.

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