Friday, August 10, 2012

Reading between the lines at the KC Public School District



The Kansas City Public School District is a mess right now. There is no denying that.

Still, I'd like to think there are individuals within the district trying to steer the ship in the right direction and ensure that the students that are trying to be successful will be successful.

That is probably how this marketing flyer (originally made public by Tony's Kansas City) was conceived. I am sure there were good intentions from the folks who had a hand in creating it. But flyers don't fix a lack of accreditation or failing leadership.

Sure, any student in any high school who works hard, attends class and tests well is going to have a bright future. There are colleges across the country that will accept students from unaccredited schools as long as the student tests well and shows they are willing to work at a college level. Usually that work ethic and support network is build in middle and high school by a number of factors that relate to the management of the school district.

When KC lost its public school accreditation it meant that state does not have enough confidence that the district or the people in charge of the district are providing the tools necessary to build those support networks for those students to be successful.

Ultimately what the copy on this flyer should really say is:

"Sure you can be successful here if you are already motivated, supported by family or friends and have set achievable life goals. But if you don't have those things, then you are not going to find any of that at a Kansas City Public School."

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