Senator’s Bill Would Bring an End to Kansas City School District

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

If Jane Cunningham gets her way, the class of 2013 would be the last to graduate from the Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools.

The Republican state senator from Chesterfield is pushing legislation that, among other things, would permanently dissolve the unaccredited school district, carve it up and require neighboring districts to take over city schools.

“For decades we’ve watched as (the Kansas City) district has gone down and down and down,” Cunningham said. “The district has not served its students or the community, so a dramatic change is needed.”

A public hearing on the bill, one of many introduced this session addressing the troubled district and other education issues, is scheduled for 3 p.m. today in the Capitol.

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