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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