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1. 'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down 'Sad, Sad Day'--21 KC Schools Close Down June 4, 2010 Article describes 21 schools in the Kansas City School District that will close as a first step in the district's improvement plan. Includes a two-page tribute to the schools being closed including Westport...

2. 26 Schools Will Close 26 Schools Will Close March 11, 2010 On March 10, 2010, the Kansas City school board voted 5-4 to close 26 schools as recommended by new superintendent John Covington in his "Right Sizing Plan." The closings will reduce the number of school...

3. 3 Schools Spared in Plan that Will Close 9 Others 3 Schools Spared in Plan that Will Close 9 Others June 25, 2009 The Kansas City (MO) School District has decided to close three schools along with some temporary schools that had housed eighth grade centers and special programs. The three elementary schools are Bryant,...

4. A 'Whirlwind' is Coming A 'Whirlwind' is Coming May 7, 2009 Article profiles John Covington who was chosen unanimously to be the new Superintendant of Schools for the Kansas City School District. Covington comes to Kansas City from Pueblo, Colorado, and is a graduate...

5. A Legacy That Burns Brightly A Legacy That Burns Brightly April 25, 2008 The sons of debate coach and poet Melvin Tolson were in Kansas City to take part in the Debate-Kansas City's award ceremony. Tolson's story has recently been depicted in the movie, "The Great Debaters,"...

6. A New Look for Troost, DeLaSalle A New Look for Troost, DeLaSalle June 8, 2011 The DeLaSalle Education Center broke ground for the addition of a 1,600-square-foot building that will contain a library, early childhood center, experiential learning classrooms, and a new printing shop....

7. A Positive Power Force A Positive Power Force April 29, 2013 Profile on Inez Kaiser, a Kansas City civil rights activist known for her work in promoting the role of African-American women in business and community service. In the 1950s, Kaiser began her career as...

8. A Report Card on Local Schools A Report Card on Local Schools September 18, 2011 The annual publication of the performance reports of Missouri public school districts included charter schools for the first time. A chart, "Scoring Area Schools," lists standards met by Cass, Clay, Jackson,...

9. A Transformation Worthy of Some Celebration A Transformation Worthy of Some Celebration September 18, 2013 Article reports on the opening of the Mary L. Kelly Community Center in the vacated Graceland Elementary School building at 2803 E. 51st Street. The non-profit agency Upper Room, in conjuction with neighborhood...

10. Accreditation Is Lost Accreditation Is Lost September 21, 2011 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has stripped the Kansas City, Missouri, School District of its accreditation. The change in status takes place January 1, 2012. If the district...

11. ACE Backers Stage Protest ACE Backers Stage Protest April 14, 2012 On Friday, April 13, 2012, “the founders of Kansas City’s African-centered education program summoned all the campus’s children, staff and its drum corps to rally against the school district’s...

12. Annexation Efforts Proceed Annexation Efforts Proceed August 29, 2007 Independence, Missouri, school board "voted to put on the Nov. 6 ballot the plan to acquire seven schools that are now in the Kansas City district...." The schools in question include Van Horn High School,...

13. Catholic High School in Independence to Close Catholic High School in Independence to Close January 25, 2013 Article announces that St. Mary's High School in Independence will close following the 2012-2013 academic year. Parents of students and school officials are interviewed and describe their reactions. Factors...

14. Changing Lives, One by One Changing Lives, One by One January 12, 2009 Article describes a campaign to enlist 100,000 adults to intervene in the lives of Kansas City schoolchildren through programs like YouthFriends, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Young Achievers, LNESC,...

15. Classmates Remember White Flight Classmates Remember White Flight October 13, 2013 Article records details of a reunion of former students who attended the Sanford B. Ladd School from 1950 - 1957. Attendees are interviewed and describe how the school was changed following the desegregation...

16. Closings Rile KC District Parents Closings Rile KC District Parents February 19, 2010 In an effort to cut $50 million from the budget, the Kansas City school district is attempting to consolidate the district's 60 schools. Superintendant John Covington has recommended that the African Centered...

17. Covington Steps Down Covington Steps Down August 25, 2011 Kansas City school superintendent John Covington unexpectedly resigned on August 24. Recently there have disputes between Covington and school board President Airick Leonard West, which some speculate...

18. Despite Deep Cuts, KC Still Strained Despite Deep Cuts, KC Still Strained May 15, 2012 Article reports on the ongoing financial difficulties of the Kansas City Missouri School District. Despite deep cuts to the budget and jobs over the last four years, more trimming may be necessary. The...

19. District Walks Fine Line in Reopening an Icon District Walks Fine Line in Reopening an Icon December 3, 2007 The Kansas City School District is planning to open an early college school focused on math and science in the former Southwest High School building. "It will provide a college-level curriculum that will...

20. District's Learning as It Sells Schools District's Learning as It Sells Schools June 9, 2009 Article reports on efforts by the Kansas City, Missouri, School District to sell several vacant properties. The Old Faxon, Bancroft, and Norman school buildings have been sold and negotiations are underway...