December 30, 2010

The year 2010 was a time of reck­on­ing for the strug­gling Kansas City School District. It shut­tered near­ly half of its 61 schools and elim­i­nat­ed 1,000 jobs.

The steps were dra­con­ian but nec­es­sary, and they have the poten­tial to make the dis­trict much stronger. But lead­ers, staff and stu­dents must work quick­ly in 2011 to iron out some seri­ous prob­lems and show that Superintendent John Covington’s “right-siz­ing” plan is capa­ble of pro­duc­ing good results.

While the spot­light shone on Kansas City, oth­er area school dis­tricts under­went rad­i­cal bud­get-cut­ting surgery in 2010 as a result of dimin­ish­ing tax rev­enue and state aid.

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