Amy H. Hartsfield
|Amy H. Hartsfield|
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|Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|First elected||April 8, 2014|
Amy H. Hartsfield was opposed by three challengers for two at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.
Carl Evans and Gunnar Hand were unopposed for their respective positions and these elections did not appear on the ballot.
|Kansas City Public Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Patricia Mansur Incumbent||37.8%||5,932|
|Source: KSHB.com, "APRIL 8, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014|
Hartsfield did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
'Hartsfield did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
What was at stake?
Five seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Sub-district 2 incumbent Gunnar Hand was unopposed. As a result, this election did not appear on the ballot.
Issues in the district
Loss of accredidation
Kansas City Public Schools has been unaccredited since January 2012. The district has shown improvement over the last two school years and scored in the provisionally accredited range in August 2013. On January 13, 2014, the organization CEE-Trust presented a plan to the Missouri State Board of Education that would dismantle the district of Kansas City Public Schools. If implemented, Kansas City would be the home of an education system where each school earns independence within the system, each school would have its own board and each school would earn funding to choose its leadership, staff and curriculum. Schools would be administered charter school programs, nonprofit education agencies and foundations, neighboring school districts or community organizations. Kansas City Public Schools presented a version of a plan that would allow KCPS to maintain administration over their school district. Their plan relies on a plan in which unaccredited districts enter into a performance agreement with the state school board.
About the districtJackson County in Kansas City, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Kansas City is home to 459,787 residents.
Kansas City underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9% of Kansas City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Kansas City was $45,150 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Kansas City was 18.8% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Joe Robertson, Kansas City.com, "CEE-Trust presents its proposal to remake Kansas City’s public schools," January 13, 2014
- Joe Robertson, Kansas City.com, "School boards group pitches way around Missouri’s student transfer law," February 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Kansas City (city), Missouri," accessed February 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Kansas City Public Schools Elections|
|Kansas City, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||Sub-district 2: • Incumbent, Gunnar Hand|
At-large: • Patricia Mansur • Catina K. Taylor • Amy H. Hartsfield • Janelle N. Bailey
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|