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House Gives First Round Approval for Kansas City Board Member Recall

April 16, 2002
By: Matt Flener
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 1809

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No more controversy from the Kansas City School Board.

That's what some House Representatives are calling for.

The Missouri House gave first round approval to a bill allowing voters to recall any board member causing too much trouble for the district.

The district has been under fire in recent years for accreditation problems and micromanagement from board members.

Kansas City resident, voter, and state representative Sharon Brooks says taxpayers are fed up with the board's nonsense.

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Contents: Taxpayers, voters, and patron's are tired of the board's problems.

Brooks sponsors the bill and says 25 percent of the voters from the original election would have to sign a petition to get rid of a board member.

Then the city would have to hold another special election.

Representatives shot down an amendment that tried to expand the bill to include all school boards in Missouri.

So the bill now moves on to a final vote in the house, and then if accepted, a vote in the Senate.

In Jefferson City, I'm Matt Flener



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One Kansas City resident is on a mission to get rid of the city's school board troubles.

That resident also happens to be a state legislator.

Sharon Brooks is fed up with what she calls foolishness from the Kansas City School Board.

Brooks says she is very familiar with the schools accreditation problems and micromanagement.

So she was happy Tuesday when the Missouri House gave first round approval to her bill that would allow voters to recall Kansas City School Board Members.

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Brooks says that 25 percent of the voters in the original election would need to sign a petition to oust a board member.

That way a special election could be held to determine the board members fate.

So what's up next?

The bill needs one more vote in the house and approval from the senate

Then, Sharon Brooks and other Kansas City residents could put more pressure on board members.

In Jefferson City, I'm Matt Flener.