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Missouri official recommends that Kansas City district remain unaccredited

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro will recommend that the Kansas City school district remain unaccredited this year. The Kansas City Star reports that Nicastro praised Kansas City’s improvement in the latest state report card, but she held to her position that the district needs to show more sustained improvement before gaining provisional accreditation. The state school board will consider Kansas City’s accreditation status on Oct. 22. The board decides accreditation matters, but it usually follows the commissioner’s recommendation. Neighboring districts are concerned about Kansas City's accreditation because its unaccredited status could trigger a school transfer law in the 2014-2015 school year. That law allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to surrounding accredited districts.

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