Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Kansas City Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools
Jackson County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Five seats on the Kansas City Public Schools school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014.

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.[1]

Demographics

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 percent of Kansas City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent 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 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
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.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Kansas City Public Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms with six seats elected by geographic electoral districts and the remaining three seats elected at-large. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on April 8, 2014.[3] Seats in sub-district 2, 4, 6 and two at-large seats were on the ballot in 2014, and the remaining seats will appear on the ballot in 2016.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 28, 2014.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Sub-district 2
Sub-district 4
Sub-district 6
At-large

Election results

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Mansur Incumbent 37.8% 5,932
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Hartsfield 28% 4,395
     Nonpartisan Janelle Bailey 24.1% 3,784
     Nonpartisan Catina Taylor 10.1% 1,581
Total Votes 15,692
Source: KSHB.com, "APRIL 8, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 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: KSHB.com, "APRIL 8, 2014 ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014

Endorsements

No candidates received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[6]

Past elections

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 will 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.[8] 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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Kansas City Public Schools election in 2014:[5][10]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First Day for Candidate Filing
January 21, 2014 Last Day for Candidate Filing
January 28, 2014 Deadline for entities to certify elections to election authority
February 25, 2014 First Day for Absentee Voting
April 2, 2014 Last Day Absentee Ballot can be mailed
March 12, 2014 Voter Registration deadline
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The April 8, 2014 General Municipal Election will feature races for local, municipal and school positions. Additional election information is available on the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners website.[11]

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