It’s going to get worse, not better.
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing quicker state intervention in Missouri’s failing school districts.
Under existing state law, school districts that lose state accreditation have two years before state education officials can step in. Nixon signed a measure Friday removing the waiting period.
The state Board of Education can prescribe conditions under which a local school board could continue overseeing a failing district. The state board also could set up an alternative governing structure, such as a special administrative board, merging the district with neighboring ones or splitting the district into several new ones. The law takes effect Aug. 28.
Combine this with the Turner law, and you know what this means?
Missouri’s three unaccredited districts are the Kansas City School District, the Normandy School District in St. Louis County and the Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis County.
Aren’t the SLPS still unaccredited? But this reminds me that the KCPS are still unaccredited, which I forgot. Combine that with the Turner law, and any non-KCPS school district in Jackson County, or any school district in Jackson County’s neighbors, those being Clay, Ray, Lafayette, Johnson and Cass Counties, could be a destination for the undertow pouring out of the KCPS.