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Mass school closures approved in Kansas City, Mo.
Townhall ^ | March 10, 2010 | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

Posted on 03/11/2010 12:08:08 AM PST by kingattax

The Kansas City school board narrowly approved a plan Wednesday night to close nearly half the district's schools in a desperate bid to avoid a potential bankruptcy.

The board voted 5-4 after parents and community leaders made final pleas to spare the schools even as the beleaguered district seeks to erase a projected $50 million budget shortfall.

The approved plan calls for shuttering 29 of 61 schools _ a striking amount even as public school closures rise nationwide while the recession eats away at academic budgets.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: kansascity; schoolboard

1 posted on 03/11/2010 12:08:09 AM PST by kingattax
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To: kingattax

I wonder how St Louis is doing? I noticed the state has proposed a law to allow students to attend any school district they want. (KC and StLouis excluded)

Bussing was always a stupid answer to the segregation issue.


2 posted on 03/11/2010 1:09:24 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: kingattax

Wasn’t Kansas City where some judge ordered lavishly expensive schools in order to redress preceived racial disparities and attrack white students from the suburbs or some such nonsense?

IIRC, they were by far the most expensive schools in the country per student, by far. How’d that work out?

I’ve lived to see my country die a death of a thousand cuts.


3 posted on 03/11/2010 2:42:55 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The naked casuistry of the high priests of Warmism would make a Jesuit blush.)
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"The urban core has suffered white flight post-the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education ..."

Ahh... it is always whitey's fault. How dare whiteys move out of this school district and stop paying their tax money to keep this place running.

4 posted on 03/11/2010 3:17:49 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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There is black flight too. I lived in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi FILLED with middle-class blacks that had voted with their feet out of urban Jackson.

It was a half-white, half-black neighborhood with no crime that fought off a proposed affordable-housing project.


5 posted on 03/11/2010 3:40:49 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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Let me get this straight. KC has budget issues so they close 50% of schools? There was NOTHING else they could do? NOTHING? This is kind of like having money issues at home and deciding to kill one of your kids rather than disconnect the cable TV.


6 posted on 03/11/2010 5:33:18 AM PST by NCBraveheart (I think therefore I am Libertarian)
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Let me get this straight. KC has budget issues so they close 50% of schools? There was NOTHING else they could do? NOTHING?

What would you have them do? They're facing a $50 million shortfall and the state isn't willing to cough up with any more money.

7 posted on 03/11/2010 5:37:41 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: NCBraveheart

I don’t think shutting off cable TV is gonna find them $50 million dollars (this year alone).


8 posted on 03/11/2010 5:40:12 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Wasn’t Kansas City where some judge ordered lavishly expensive schools in order to redress preceived racial disparities and attrack white students from the suburbs or some such nonsense?

Correct. And Judge Clark, a Carter appointee ordered them to spend millions upon millions to make these schools the very best in the nation.

Judge Clark told them to "dream" and to carry out their dreams on the school system. And everything they dreamed up he ordered the city and state to pony up the funds with taxes to support the dreams.

And when he made those rulings, everyone said, "Wonder how long it will be before Kansas City is bankrupt?"

Now we know.

9 posted on 03/11/2010 6:21:06 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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Givent the state of “education” in KC, I don’t think this will damage too many of the “students”

KC=Middle America cesspit.

I have relatives that live in the AO - won’t go into the coty - about 40 miles is as close as they get. Shame really - KC used to be a pretty good city.


10 posted on 03/11/2010 9:23:46 AM PST by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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“Let me get this straight. KC has budget issues so they close 50% of schools? There was NOTHING else they could do? NOTHING?”

The schools are half empty (or half full depending on your point of view). They are consolidating.

The school age population has dropped dramatically over the last 50 years.


11 posted on 03/11/2010 11:00:12 AM PST by CriticalJ
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“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 the standing-room-only crowd.

Seems like an insult to those who stayed behind. It cuts both ways. Sure, people left, but why didn’t anyone stand up and make something good out of what was left?


12 posted on 03/11/2010 11:03:18 AM PST by CriticalJ
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