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Kansas District Closes Half Its Schools To Avoid Going Broke

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DOUGLAS BELKIN
Wall St Journal
March 11, 2010

The Kansas City Missouri School Board voted Wednesday night to shutter nearly half of its schools in an effort to avoid going broke.

The action closes 28 of 58 campuses and eliminates about 700 of the district’s 3,300 jobs, including 285 teachers.

“None of us like doing this but it was necessary, it had to be done,” said board member Arthur Benson after a tense five to four vote that was interrupted several times by upset parents.

The plan comes as school districts around the country, battered by the recession and budget cutbacks, are closing facilities to save money. Detroit …

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