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Wheeler, Once KC Schools Chief, Dies
March 7, 2008
Robert Wheeler, Kansas City school superintendent from 1977 to 1982, died March 5, 2008. Prior to that position, he was a counselor at Manual High School, vice principal at Central High School, and assistant...
West High Sale Seems a Bittersweet Development
July 7, 2014
Article announces that the Kansas City School District has approved a redevelopment plan for the West High School complex located at 20th Street and Madison Avenue. Details of the plan, which included...
Waldo Residents Plant Seeds to Reopen Elementary School
July 24, 2012
A group of Waldo residents have formed the Friends of Hale Cook organization to convince the Kansas City Public School District to reopen Hale Cook Elementary School. The group wants their children to...
Voters Back Plan to Switch 7 Schools
November 7, 2007
Voters in both the Kansas City School District and the Independence School District voted overwhelmingly to move seven schools located in western Independence, Missouri, from the Kansas City School District...
Two KC Schools Starting New Eras
August 30, 2010
Article describes the changes and challenges facing Central High School and the Southwest Early College Campus as they enter the 2010-2011 school year. Central opens as a "reconstituted" school with a...
They've All Fought This Battle Before
February 20, 2010
Article describes the controversy raised by Kansas City School District Superintendent John Covington when he announced the potential closing of 30 schools. The article discusses past attempts to close...
The Halfway Point
January 16, 2011
Article describes the state of the Kansas City Missouri School District seven months after the closure of 24 schools. Students that were profiled when the closures occurred were interviewed again about...
Students Play Role in School Plans
December 21, 2010
A team of students in UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design “spent the past semester building a guidebook to help inform what will be a communitywide effort to deal with about...
Squeezed by the State
June 27, 2013
Article reports on efforts by supporters to save the Gordon Parks Elementary School (3715 Wyoming St). State legislators have decided not to renew the school's charter after determining that it has underperformed...
Somber Choices Await District and Families
May 14, 2011
The R. J. Delano school that serves only students with severe disabilities may be closed by the school district. Part of the reason is that the Kansas City school district students with disabilities are...
Saving 17,000 Kids
August 22-27, 2010
Series of six articles examines the problems of the Kansas City, Missouri, School District and the measures taken by Superintendent John Covington to deal with them. In addition to examining the district...
Painful History of Segregation Worth Remembering for KC School District
January 3, 2011
Article describes a school district map showing segregated school boundary lines of Kansas City Public Schools. Maurice Smith, son of the teacher who originally owned the map, recognized its historical...
Opportunities To Tout District Are Knocking
July 15, 2010
Volunteers plan to knock on the 73,000 doors of homes in the Kansas City School District to tell residents about improvements and encourage them to enroll their children in the district's schools. Support...
On a Quest for Best Schools
February 26, 2015
Article reports on the rise of charter school enrollment and several school options available to parents. The twenty charter schools in Kansas City, Missouri have an enrollment of 10,182 students or roughly...
Old Schools, New Lessons
July 16, 2013
Two years after it began an initiative to repurpose 30 vacant properties, the Kansas City School District has either sold or created reuse plans pending for at least half the properties. The article focuses...
Old Schools Await New Uses in KC Urban Core
December 9, 2007
This article gives information on the abandoned school buildings owned by the Kansas City School District. "Since the 1970s, the Kansas City district has closed at least 34 schools. Fifteen were sold....
New Ways of Learning
October 5, 2010
Five Kansas City district schools are “pioneering a revolutionary standards-based system,” that puts children in classes not based on age-level but on what they have learned. “Leveled” classes...
Learning Gap Remains
January 20, 2013
Article describes demographic shifts in Kansas City area public schools. The achievement gap between whites and minority students is focused upon. Representatives from various school districts are interviewed...
KC District Lands A Superintendent
May 1, 2009
The Kansas City School board has chosen John Covington by unanimous vote to become Kansas City's 26th school superintendent. Covington was formerly the Superintendent for Pueblo, Colorado, schools but...
KC Board Approves School Changes
April 26, 2007
The Kansas City School Board agreed by a 5-2 vote to phase out most of the district's middle schools. Superintendent Anthony Amato has pushed the phase out in favor of neighborhood elementary schools serving...
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