KCK Schools no longer recommending cameras in the classroom

Survey showed over 80 percent of staff against the $6 million idea
KCK Public Schools is shuttering a plan to place cameras inside classrooms, but may still move forward with putting them in common areas.
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 8:56 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 7:18 PM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

KANSAS CITY, Ks. (KCTV) - Ahead of the KCKPS School Board meeting Tuesday night, the district said it no longer is recommending that cameras be installed in classrooms.

This comes after much pushback in regard to the district’s proposal, but the Board will have the final say on the topic.

Late last year, the KCK school district came forward with a proposal to place cameras inside classrooms. The superintendent said the $6 million move would help elevate the learning experience, assist in live-streaming and provide other benefits.

“This is about academics and providing equitable highly qualified teachers for all of our students and not about surveillance or invading anyone’s privacy,” said Dr. Anna Stubblefield the Superintendent of KCKPS.

Some teachers and parents quickly pushed back. In a survey given to 1,480 staff members in November, 86 percent of respondents said they were against having cameras in the classroom for security/surveillance purposes, and 89 percent said they were against having cameras in the classroom for academic purposes.

Some teachers even mentioned they would consider quitting if cameras were allowed inside their classrooms.

NEA officials in the past have expressed concern over teacher and student privacy, along with the impact kids being recorded will have on their confidence in participating in class.

“A lot of people said that this would be the point where they would have to leave, they don’t feel like they are being valued as professionals, they don’t feel that their voices are being heard. Teachers will work for a little lesser pay if we feel that we are a valued active stakeholder in our district,” says Dom DeRosa, the President of NEA for KCK.

These concerns are part of the reason the district is now not recommending cameras in the classroom. We spoke with some parents today about the cameras, many were in support of them for safety reasons.

“For the sake of the children’s safety and the teacher’s safety, I think it’s important to have the cameras,” said one KCK parent.

Another parent added, “I wouldn’t mind them being in the classroom that way everybody is being supervised, all the teachers need supervision and protection just like the children do”.

The board will discuss the cameras Tuesday night during their meeting at the district building, but KCTV5 has been told most likely the board will not vote on anything related to them.

The School Board meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the KCK Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, at 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, KS. They also livestream meetings here.