Joseph C. Jackson

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Joseph C. Jackson
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Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, Sub-district 4
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 6, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCentral High School
Associate'sWayland Baptist University
Bachelor'sWayland Baptist University
Master'sWayland Baptist University
ProfessionRetired, United States Air Force
Office website
Joseph C. Jackson was a candidate for the Sub-district 4 seat on the Kansas City Public Schools school board in Missouri. Jackson was opposed by one challenger for the Sub-district 4 seat in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Joseph C. Jackson is a retired member of the United States Air Force. Jackson earned his Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Wayland Baptist University. Jackson has two daughters and two sons that have attended Kansas City Public Schools.[1]



See also: Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)


Joseph C. Jackson was opposed by Melissa J. Robinson for the Sub-district 4 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Kansas City Public Board of Education, Sub-district 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Robinson 68.3% 897
     Nonpartisan Joseph Jackson 31.7% 416
Total Votes 1,313
Source:, "APRIL 8, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


Jackson did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Jackson did not receive any official endorsements for his 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

About the district

Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools is located in Jackson 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.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Kansas City (%) Missouri (%)
White 59.2 82.8
Black or African American 29.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 3.5

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.[7]

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