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Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 23, 2018
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Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Superintendent Cynthia Lane
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  1. "Working for Kansas City Public Schools was an amazing experience."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The staff was friendly and helpful. There was generous time off. The teachers union is strong. Teachers generally support each other. The students are great.

    Cons

    The behavior management for students was lacking. There was not a lot of positive feedback and support for teachers. The evaluation system allows for bias.

    Advice to Management

    Support your best teachers and staff that often go unnoticed in favor of male employees.


  2. "Vocal Music Instructor Northwest Middle"

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    Current Employee - Vocal Music Instructor in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Vocal Music Instructor in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful staff and good support from district music program. Most students enjoy singing.

    Cons

    Scheduling - vocal music is always considered a last slot and I often don't get students that want me or that I want. This has been an ongoing problem for probably 20 years or more (since before me). Because scheduling is poor, I end up with more than my share of behavior problems.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make scheduling more equitable for elective classes.

  3. "Chance to Make an Impact, but at a Price"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Opportunity to make a difference in a child's life
    - High cultural diversity

    Cons

    - Lack of support and consistency in programming and development
    - Lack of parental support
    - Overburdened workload on teachers and support staff
    - High employee turnover


  4. "KCKCPS - Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Social Studies Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teacher friendly environment.

    Cons

    Teachers are given a lot of freedom, as well a lot of responsibility. Discipline is unfortunately the major problem, lots of politics, few solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying people who don't directly work with students. Listen to teachers, not to people who can't remember what it was like to teach. Deal with the reality before you promote utopian theory.


  5. "Decent Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Holidays off, chunks of summers you have off.

    Cons

    Cliquish. Who you know matters more than what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining talent.


  6. "Administration Work in KCK District"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    An opportunity to know that you may make a positive difference in the lives of children.

    Cons

    They allow their best employees to leave. They refuse to write a reference for their best employees when they leave even when they have said in writing they will do so. The executive leadership hires their own family members and puts them in positions for which they are not qualified. They do not practice the values that they preach.


  7. "Lack of Competent Central Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The teachers are tough, dedicated and band together to weather some serious challenges caused by a lack of consistency and direction from administrators. I love working with my colleagues and it is because of these relationships amongst teachers and support staff that the district is able to hold together at all.

    Cons

    The district leadership (including the board, specifically) is all talk and no support. They choose constantly to throw money at complicated issues rather than focus in and address them appropriately, either because they just won't or because they lack the skills necessary. Community engagement programs are severely underdeveloped and the district does not appear to be proactively networking with enough organizations that could provide key support for our kids outside of school hours. A huge con for me has been the severe lack of consistency in district expectations across school sites as well. Administrators refuse to standardize plan times and use purposely vague contract descriptions to impose unfair expectations on teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals who are trained in large scale program development who will communicate with the wider Kansas City network to invest in our community. Evaluate and hold central office departments to higher standards for resolving staff needs, and work to lessen the overwhelming amount of errors in these departments. Stop adopting new programs that are driven by a worthy mission but not tangibly supported at all at the site level.

  8. "Parent Liason"

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    Former Employee - Parent Liaison in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Parent Liaison in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff, parents and students will forever be my family.

    Cons

    Administration doesn't stand by staff

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for your employees and you might not lose them so frequently.


  9. "Mission with Passion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The students are awesome. The administration is moving in the right direction. The community is supportive when they know you are in it to win it.

    Cons

    The reputation is not that great and people love to talk down on the district but Cinderella wore rags and she ended put a queen.


  10. "A Great District"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kansas City Kansas Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The students are wonderful and it's a great population to work with if you care about making a difference where it's really needed.

    Cons

    As always, funding can be an issue.


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