When Kansas City, Missouri, School District Superintendent Anthony Amato was fired last year, Melissa Eddy wanted an explanation. The mother of two elementary-school students was tired of the Kansas City School Board acting untouchable, so she started a group of parents that was determined to hold them accountable. Over the past year, the members of Eddy's group have come to public meetings and sat in the front row, pencils poised over legal pads, taking notes and turning them into report cards that they post on their Web site (kc4kids.wordpress.com). They've done their research outside the boardroom, too, analyzing election-board data to reveal the depressing number of citizens who actually care enough to vote in school board elections and the disturbing number of board members who win their seats running unopposed. While some organizations and parents simply bemoan the ailing district, the members of this group do their homework, show up and talk about solutions.