Pamela L. Pearson
|Pamela L. Pearson|
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|Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, Sub-district 6|
|Associate's||Penn Valley Community College|
|Master's||University of Missouri, Kansas City|
|Profession||Executive director, Genesis School, Inc.|
|[www.linkedin.com/pub/pamela-pearson/3b/47a/b69 Personal website]|
Pamela L. Pearson is the Executive Director of Genesis School, Inc. and a co-founder of Legacy Education & Development, Inc., an early education development firm. Pearson earned her Associate's degree from Penn Valley Community College and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree from Park University. She later earned her Master's degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Pamela Pearson withdrew from the race against Carl Evans for the Sub-district 6 seat in the general election on April 8, 2014.
Pearson did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Pearson 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 district
- See also: Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- [www.linkedin.com/pub/pamela-pearson/3b/47a/b69 LinkedIn.com, "Pamela Pearson," accessed February 20, 2014]
- 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, "Jackson County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- 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|