KCKPS Joins the Coalition of Innovative Districts


October 15, 2014

Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2242

Yesterday, the Kansas State Board of education selected the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) to join the Coalition of Innovative Districts. KCKPS joins McPherson and Concordia, the two founding districts, along with the Blue Valley and Hugoton school districts.

The Kansas Legislature created the Coalition of Innovative Districts in 2013, in order to provide a limited number of districts with exemptions from certain state laws and regulations, in order to allow them to function in more innovative ways.

In their applications, districts were required to specify which state laws and regulations they would seek to have waived. KCKPS applied to be a member of the coalition in order to strengthen its ability to prepare students for college and careers. Specifically, the district is seeking to continue to use alternatives to the state assessment; to have relief from teacher licensure requirements, in order to give high school students access to classes taught by industry experts; to have students taking high school classes in middle school receive state Regents credits; to pay college tuition for high school students; and to allow students to take college classes from higher education institutions in Missouri.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242