Signing of bill quickens possible state takeover of Kansas City schools

Monday, July 15, 2013

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro, who has long been eager to speed up the state’s intervention in Kansas City Public Schools, got her wish Friday.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that will give the state the chance to begin a possible takeover once the law takes effect Aug. 28.

There will be community meetings, Nicastro said. The state is taking bids from agencies to create a statewide plan for helping struggling school districts. And she expects to have a plan for Kansas City in place by January 2014.

“We will be listening to folks, trying to get opinions,” Nicastro said. “It’s going to be an exciting time, and we look forward to working with the Kansas City community.”

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