Kansas City Star: President of Missouri Education Board defends Chris Nicastro amid calls for resignation By the way, that's Kauffman as in the founder of Marian Merrill Dow and the Kansas City Royals, and Hall Family as in the owners of Hallmark Cards, both foundations having been a driving influence in educational improvement across the U.S. What Mrs. Nicasto is proposing is a move to charter schools for the unaccredited public school districts in Kansas City and St. Louis. Both have been without accreditation for over five years, having failed repeatedly to meet state education commission requirements for improvements in services and test scores. The Kansas City Star did an "exposé" of the "plot" to change the school systems' directions, which just about everybody throughout the state agrees is currently all downhill. Most people in Missouri seem to think Nicastro's is the most sane plan suggested, given that the socialist bureaucracy formed by the tenured administrators and the teachers unions in both cities can't seem to do anything but send money continuously pouring down a black hole. Yet The Star, the unions and the socialst legislators in Jefferson City seem to think what she suggests is horrible. Personally, I don't think there's any hope for students in either district unless Nicastro's plan is fully implemented. These two districts are display examples of what is wrong with American education today.