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Kansas City schools lose accreditation

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(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
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The State Board of Education meeting in Jefferson City

Missouri’s State Board of Education voted unanimously today to strip Kansas City schools of their accreditation.

The reasons for the action include a decline in meeting academic standards and a failure to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.  Chris Nicastro is Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“At this point, we believe this is the best decision for the children of the Kansas City School District, because it will, in fact, galvanize some definitive action on the part of the district, the community and this department," Nicastro said.

Kansas City now has two years to regain provisional accreditation in order to avoid a state takeover of its school district.  The state took over the St. Louis School District in 2008 after it failed to regain accreditation. 

Marshal was a political reporter for St. Louis Public Radio until 2018.

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