Rep. McManus visited with students from the Kansas City School District during their visit to the capitol in February 2012. The subject of their visit was e-commerce and significance of technology on our local economy. The visit gave the students a chance to showcase their skills to state legislators.
“I was very impressed with the quality of work of these students and am excited to see that our schools are placing a strong emphasis on technology,” stated Rep. McManus.
The Kansas City School District is at the center of legislative activity this session. On March 1st, the Missouri House of Representatives voted unanimously to allow for the immediate takeover of the Kansas City School District, which lost its accreditation earlier this year. The House sent the bill, HB 1174, to the Senate on a 148-0 vote.
Under existing law, a school district must remain unaccredited for two years before the state can intervene. HB 1174 would allow the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to immediately take over any district that loses accreditation.
HB 1174 is one of several bills dealing with education reform. More information about other legislation being considered by the House and Senate can be found here.