Skip to comments.Kansas City, Mo., closing nearly half its schools (Democrat run, school district done)
Posted on 03/10/2010 5:52:43 PM PST by tobyhill
The Kansas City school board voted Wednesday night to close nearly half the district's schools in a desperate bid to stay afloat.
The board's 5-4 decision came after parents and community leaders made final pleas for the district not to shut down 29 out of 61 schools as it seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall.
"The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment," Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.
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Interesting ~ as predicted by the opponents of “Forced Busing” the KCMO school system is collapsing.
“”The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, blockbusting by the real estate industry, redlining by banks and other financial institutions, retail and grocery store abandonment,” Kansas City Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks said to applause from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people.”
Wow my BS meter just exploded.
Isn’t KC the city where some judge made them spend more than $1B to upgrade their schools so they looked like Phillips Exeter Academy?
Foolishly liberal city and county government are but two of the many reasons I live out in the sticks now.
Last I checked the urban community was claiming they don’t need whites in their neighborhood.
Remember “Chocolate City”?
Another fine example of liberal rot, coming to a city near you...
Kansas City brought out such shining Obamabots as this:
This, I think was a private school (maybe?)
lets all home school
Covington has stressed that the district's buildings are only half-full as its population has plummeted amid political squabbling and chronically abysmal test scores. The district's enrollment of fewer than 18,000 students is about half of what the schools had a decade ago and just a quarter of its peak in the late 1960s.
These two paragraphs were both taken from the article.
The "peak in the late 1960s" was about 15 years after Brown v. Board of Education.
You know, if the district does indeed close and consolidate unused or underused schools, we should applaud this action. It will be one of the few times government actually cuts back.
LOL! It’s all whitey’s fault.
The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision -———————always always it’s the white man’s fault...
Not to mention crime... drive by shootings, walk by shootings and, bust a cap in yo ass shootings.
My protestant brother-in-law and his wife, living near
downtown KC, MO send their kids to a Catholic school.
“retail and grocery store abandonment”
is one really got me...what are the owners supposed to do? Leave grocery stores open even if they lose money?
Maybe large chains will be required to do that in the not too distant future.
These schools have been nothing but a political jobs programs for favored minority elites. The beauty of the system is that you didn’t have to actually show your face at the school or to be remotely associated with the education of students. All you had to do was to know or to be related to the black mafia that runs Kansas City. The inconvenient fact that actual students, both black and white, were tossed to the curb with this scam mattered not. What mattered is that lots of money was tossed around and those connected to the Democrat Party cashed in.
I haven’t seen so much racist BS since the last time I saw the Congressional Black Caucus on C-SPAN.
The only good thing I can point to it that this proved conclusively that you cannot solve the problems of public schools by throwing MASSIVE money at them.
I doubt these closures hold without some court challenge of some type.
The [Brown] suit called for the school district to reverse its policy of racial segregation. Separate elementary schools were operated by the Topeka Board of Education under an 1879 Kansas law, which permitted (but did not require) districts to maintain separate elementary school facilities for black and white students in twelve communities with populations over 15,000.
Or in the case of when this happened in Boston, engage in outright violence.
Well Ms. Brooks that certianly says a lot about the Black community. What you just said is that once the White Community decided to leave for greener pastures your Black Community could not function. Why is it your community never pulled their boots on and took advantage of the situation and got working and thrived?
I ran into the former neighbor a few months later. The school board had announced a re-districting and they didn't like the new school. They sold their house at a fraction of its value so they could get into a better district before the deadlines hit for the next year.
That's already the law. Ask W. and the dead Drunk about "No school bureaucrat left behind".
Well it was on the NBC evening news I think tonight and they were making a big deal of new mandates.
It was $2 billion. According to the article:
For the past few years, the district has been plowing through the large reserves it built up when money from a $2 billion court-ordered desegregation plan was flooding its coffers.
And now the district is trying to "erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall" by closing nearly half the schools (which are only half full to begin with, according to the article) and cutting "about 700 of the district's 3,000 jobs".
Read that again, and do the math.
And always remember - - it's all whitey's fault.
The KC schools WERE plated in gilt after his ''decision''. Just another do-gooder dildo. His ''decision'' not only didn't improve anything, it laid a ridiculous tax burden on residents of Jackson County...to date, world without end.
The students are still the same lot that they'd been before, in about 94% of cases. Dumbshjts, can't add 30+43, can't name any 10 presidents, and, I daresay, would cheerfully sign a petition that dihydrogen monoxide should be banned by law, insofar as said substance is involved in the occasional drowning.
And the taxpayers still get to pay, world without end, for Black's idiocy, and sponsoring yet more stupidity from the assorted scumbums in the teachers' unions.
The first time that any lawmaker proposes a bill that allows citizens to execute anti-Constitutionalists who happen to be sitting on one or another bench, I shall regain some hope for the survival of the American republic.
I fricking knew it from reading the storyh before I looked it up on Google. Is it stereotyping if you're always right?
Even when we leave and get out of the way. Damn but we’re powerful /s
Whitey left the schools and because of that, the blacks can’t learn. Scratching my head at this kind of logic. Oh well, the ass hat Federal Judge can sleep well at nights. A couple more billion taxpayer dollars up in smoke. It doesn’t matter though. The know it all judge’s intentions were good.
Fourth Generation welfare/foodstamp/Medicaid/etc. recipients who want OTHERS to fund their entire lives and vote only for those who would hand them freebies.
Get used to it; this is the future for Amerika under the Socialists.....
Actually it was Judge Russell G. Clark who did it. As you say it was an expensive disaster.
Can someone from KC explain how much the property taxes were forced up.
There is a world of difference between Brown v Board of Education, (neighborhood schools), and Missouri v Jenkins, mandating forced busing to schools far away from home, pulling suburban kids into inner city schools. Also known as Insta-sprawl.
He was criticized.
Obviously his critics were right and he was wrong is they can come up with a rational plan to close 29 of the existing buildings.
That's $1.7 billion down the drain, more or less, or, at least the waste of a great deal of that money.
No doubt he died feeling good about himself ~ that was on April 17, 2003, nearly 7 years ago.
If he did died feeling good about himself he was delusional. The facts repudiated his judgment totally. Clark was an imperious pig who arrogantly squandered a fortune of taxpayers money.
I fled this school district when the supposed 'intelligentsia' of the liberal methodology decided they would use young children to perform a social experiment. IT was NOT redlining by banks or other financial institutions that sent me packing. IT was the sheer idiocy of putting kindergartners on a bus starting around 5:30 a.m. and 'busing' them through rush hour traffic out of their neighborhoods.
I as a parent would NEVER put my 5 year old in that situation.
These idiots have NO problem with legislating an 'earnings' tax upon business that operated within their urban zone and then belly ache, itch, whine and moan that it is some banking institution's fault for urban rot. It has been a 'crime' against humanity what these liberal social engineers have accomplished, and the literal dollar figure can never be calculated.
And I firmly believe there will be a 'heavenly' accounting for what these plotters and planners have reeked over the years upon young children. Race actually is not the issue, but the vehicle devised by reprobate double minded people of all colors to put as many into bondage as they possibly can. My heart aches for the carnage cause by these 'evil' twisted people that in the name of education set in motion actions that have destroyed so many lives over the generations.
Kansas City, MO, oddly enough, is in Missouri, not Kansas.
But a whole bunch of the whites did indeed move to Johnson County, Kansas.
This is the same school district that engaged in this little experiment back in the mid 1980's:
Judge Russell Clark
Taxation went on for at least a decade and many families that lived near KS State Line, moved out of MO entirely to avoid excessive taxation.
KCMO School District went on a spending spree that, to this day, defies belief, i.e. Computer labs that make many large companies jealous, except computers disappeared or no one knew how to install or operate; French magnet schools taught exclusively in French(?????); School specializing in the Performing Arts; on and on.
Unfortunately the reason for KC's miserable performance was not replaced: the administration and most of the Union teachers!
School system no longer is accredited or on probation now, schools that resemble collapsed public housing, on and on.
The KCMO public school enrollment no longer supports as many schools, many schools are in such disrepair that it is not cost-effective to inhabit.
Proving yet again that throwing billions at a problem will not solve that problem - especially if it is public education.
Thanks for the link, that was an eye-opening read. I can’t believe the liberals are still ignoring this, and the Sausalito district, for two examples, and continuing to insist that it’s a matter of money.
Results were that with inner city kids, parents didn't participate in school activities which were far from home, slow learners and juvenile delinquents from ghettos were sitting in classes with high performing kids in upscale neighborhoods, good teachers left because of physical violence from affected students, shootings and knifings were occurring regularly, especially at athletics, shootings at school buses regular event. Well off parents refused to allow their children to be bused out of their own neighborhoods. Even black parents resisted busing their kids but didn't have the clout to refuse outright.
Nice schools in very nice neighborhoods began looking like ghetto schools. People not only left the public schools, many who didn't move, put their children in private schools.
The fact remains is that it was never Brown v. Board of Ed. that drove the stake in the heart of KCMO schools, it was liberal management, black and minority school board making awful decisions and always firing school head any time they disagreed with the "black experience" and for a number of decades, will only hire minority to head the district, whether or not barely qualified.
School board insisted that teachers needed to "reflect the classrooms," meaning that if majority of students were black, teacher MUST be black also, regardless of qualifications. Of course, that meant principal and administrators at school also be "minority" which always meant black.
When you have a school whose "theme" was "African-centered" meant all classes revolved around whatever was deemed "African."
What sane parent wanted their kid to suffer their entire adulthood because of this kind of preferences being placed at the top of their education.