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Pamela L. Pearson

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Pamela L. Pearson
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Board member, Kansas City Public Schools, Sub-district 6
Former Candidate
Associate'sPenn Valley Community College
Bachelor'sPark University
Master'sUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City
ProfessionExecutive director, Genesis School, Inc.
[ Personal website]
Pamela L. Pearson was a candidate for an Sub-district 6 seat on the Kansas City Public Schools school board in Missouri. Pearson withdrew from the race for Sub-district 6 seat in the general election on April 8, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Kansas City Public Schools elections (2014)


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.[2]


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.[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

See also: Kansas City Public Schools, Missouri
Kansas City Public Schools is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Kansas City Public Schools is located in north-west Missouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Kansas City Public Schools was the 11th-largest school district in Missouri and served 16,610 students.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

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.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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