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Almost half of K.C.-area schools set to close

March 11, 2010

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John Covington

John Covington

— The Kansas City school board 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 pleas to spare the schools as the 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.

Under the plan, buildings will be shuttered before the next school year. Teachers at six other low-performing schools will be required to reapply for jobs, and the district will sell its downtown central office. About 700 of the district’s 3,000 jobs, including 285 teachers, also are expected to be cut.

Some parents called for Superintendent John Covington’s departure after the vote, shouting, “He has to go.”

Covington has spent the past month making the case to sometimes angry groups of parents and students that the closures are necessary. He declined to discuss the closures after the meeting but planned to talk at a news conference today.

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.

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barrypenders 4 years, 1 month ago

What are all those Minority births going to do once they surpass the lagging European descendent births? Their Parents going to build their own schools? Hire their own teachers? Unions will get it fingered out.

Stimulus, PAD SNAFU, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless you all

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grammaddy 4 years, 1 month ago

And we thought we had it bad here in Larryville!

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TheGreatPoser 4 years, 1 month ago

The people make the ghetto, the ghetto doesn’t make the people.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 1 month ago

oh, i totally believe that. suburbs are like magnets.

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Godot 4 years, 1 month ago

I saw it on CNBC. That article says that the student population is now one fourth the size it was in the 60's.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 1 month ago

i just saw this article on yahoo news. its getting national attention.

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TheGreatPoser 4 years, 1 month ago

Agreed close KC MO and deport the population.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 1 month ago

"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."..

Not to mention the city is a festering sh!thole. Can't imagine why people are leaving in droves.

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 1 month ago

"KCMO schools have always had issues. "

ain't that the truth.

my dad worked closely w/ the KCMO school district (he was a psychologist w/ his own practice there for years but worked mostly w/ kids and families) and he would tell me about some of the goings-on in that school district. made me SO glad i chose to live w/ my mom here in salina!

my step sister was one grade above me. when i told her i was in french 2 class she said "i had french last year but the teacher quit so the class ended." i was thinking, "what?! quit?!" i had never heard of such a thing-- an instructor just up and quitting in the middle of the semester! not to mention their teachers striking and such. its just always been a mess.

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SpunKey 4 years, 1 month ago

KCMO schools have always had issues.

They lost acreditation in the past for poor performance (even before funding issues really pinched them).

The people who choose to live on that side either send kids to private schools, cannot afford to live elsewhere or have no kids.

The 1% city gross income tax isn't enough to bridge the gap that the low RE taxes create.

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avoice 4 years, 1 month ago

lounger: The point is, there are no "rich white schools" in the KCMO school district. That's the whole problem. Low incomes among the patrons, low budgets for schools.

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BubbaJones 4 years, 1 month ago

Privatize schools parents can stop having illegitimate kids, spend more on their offspring and less on their favorite vices.

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jmadison 4 years, 1 month ago

Arthur Benson, the lawyer who helped to force the state of Missouri to spend $2 billion on the KC school district (mandated by a federal judge), voted to close the schools.

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Steven Gaudreau 4 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the article should have mentioned that these schools graduated only half of their seniors last year. I'll take a few bright teachers over 100 lazy ones any day.
Shut em down, consolidate the kids and consolidate the good teachers. Trim the fat and get a better, more efficient, education.

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lounger 4 years, 1 month ago

How many of these schools are in black parts of town? Im sure waaay too many! How about rich white schools? Waaay too few-If any. Underperforming my A*s.....

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