March 7, 2010

Kansas City Missouri School System Discovers Hard Truth

You cannot spend your way to success. The AP reports that the Kansas City Missouri Public School system is considering closing half of their schools. They currently spend over $15,000 per pupil mainly due to continued decline in enrollment.

And to this day, the district continues to lose students. In the late 1960s enrollment peaked at 75,000, dropped to 35,000 a decade ago and now sits at just under 18,000.

Only about half of Kansas City's elementary school students and about 40 percent of middle and high school students now attend the city's public schools. Many of the other students have left for publicly funded charter schools, private and parochial schools and the suburbs.

The school system's past has a direct connection to Federal policy.