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Mass school closures approved in Kansas City, Mo.

What do you think? I think that before you know it you will either HAVE to home school OR pay for private school. Either way I think parents will have to start paying cash for their childs education.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Facing potential bankruptcy, the board that governs the once flush-with-cash Kansas City school district is taking the unusual and contentious step of shuttering almost half its schools.

Administrators say the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case. The Kansas City school board narrowly approved the plan to close 29 out of 61 schools Wednesday night at a meeting packed with angry parents.

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Asked by Mrs.Owen86 at 6:46 AM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Although other districts nationwide are considering closures as the recession ravages their budgets, Kansas City's plan is striking. In rapidly shrinking Detroit, 29 schools closed before classes began this fall, but that still left the district with 172 schools. Most other districts are closing just one or two schools.



    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 6:46 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • WOW. What I want to know is - how were they managing their money so badly? What on earth made it necessary to close 29 of 61 schools, and what are the plans for the children who are now "school-less"?

    Answer by DusterMommy at 8:43 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Our district just informed 20 teachers they won't have jobs next year. One teacher had a heart attack and died that night and one committed suicide. The front page of our paper today says more cuts are coming due to revenue losses of more than 25%, more than any recorded in history for this region of GA. We only have one school, for the whole county so I'm sure we will continue to have big cutbacks as with the rest of the Nation until things turn around.
    People aren't paying any taxes. What did everyone think was going to happen?
    No jobs, no tax revenue.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:48 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • It would be interesting to know which schools they chose to shut, and is what neighborhoods.

    We really need everyone to focus on getting the economy back on track, create jobs, and forget everything else.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:07 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • They rather close schools that increase alcohol, wine cigarette taxes....?
    The bill would have doubled a wholesale tax on beer, wine and alcohol that’s been unchanged since 1977. The current tax is 18 cents per gallon of beer, 30 cents per gallon of wine and $2.50 per gallon of alcohol. The tax, amounting to a few pennies per drink, is passed on to the consumer.

    The tax would go up by 55 cents per pack of cigarettes to $1.34, the national average. The increase would raise $69 million.
    Anti-tobacco groups argue that the measure.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 AM on Mar. 11, 2010

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