The following is an excerpt of an open letter written by Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell and published by the online magazine, Startland.
I have a mission in Kansas City, Mo. to help lead the reintegration of schools into our community.
Reintegration doesn’t mean uniformity or a lack of choice. It means working together and leveraging resources to create a cohesive, highly functional educational system that’s mission-focused and designed to ensure that all of our children have a legitimate opportunity to achieve their dreams.
When I left Baltimore last summer to become superintendent of Kansas City Public Schools, I came to a community with enormous potential and equally imposing challenges. Our city is rich with smart, energetic individuals with a passion for making this one of the best places in the world to live. At the same time, we are fettered by deep and historic economic, social and educational fissures that keep us from leveraging our resources for the betterment of all.