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Kansas City Superintendent Speaks to House Committee

February 15, 2000
By: Kyle Elfrink
State Capital Bureau

According to Kansas City's school superintendent, performance is improving in his soon-to-be unaccredited district. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Benjamin Demps spoke before the House Education Committee Tuesday night. Last fall, the Missouri Education Board decided to deny accredidation to the district after very poor assessment grades. But, Demps says the district is on the upswing.

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Contents: DEMPS SAYS THE DISTRICT HAS INSTALLED AN EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR ITS TEACHERS.

The House Education Committee discussed what steps Kansas City is making to get their schools accredited. Kyle Elfrink has the story from Jefferson City.

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Benjamin Demps, superintendent for Kansas City schools, says his district is steadily improving its' education performance. Last fall, Missouri's Board of Education ruled Kansas City schools unaccredited beginning May 1. Demps says there are a couple of reasons for low test scores in the schools ...

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Contents: DEMPS SAYS THE VARIETY OF LANGUAGES SPOKEN AMONGST STUDENTS AND THE HOMELESS RATE ALL EFFECT THE DISTRICT'S PERFORMANCE.

To improve student performance, Demps has stressed a core curriculum and improved education for teachers in the district. From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.NM»

In addition to forwarding teacher development, Demps says Kansas City schools now offer Saturday schooling for remedial reading students.

From the state capitol, I'm Kyle Elfrink.