KCMSDKansas City, Missouri School District
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The problem faced by KCMSD was that it did not have enough money to comply with the district court's order.
Studies indicate that about half of Kansas City charter schools provide a viable alternative for KCMSD students.
Attracting suburban students into KCMSD proved largely illusive, and the Supreme Court ultimately deemed suburban comparability an impermissible remedial goal.
According to the About KCMSD website, the racial composition is now 63.
The broad restructuring resulted in balanced budgets for FY2011 and FY2012, demonstrating the district's ability to respond effectively to changing student needs; even with fewer dollars, KCMSD can no longer depend on its once "privileged" funding status.
The central staff of the KCMSD grew to 600--one for every 60 students.
Judge Clark had to find the KCMSD schools "segregated," according to these higher-court decisions, and had to respond, limited by the Supreme Court decision that he could not require the suburbs to participate.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals generally approved the district court's approach but required that, in the future, the district court simply authorize KCMSD to submit a levy to the state tax collection authorities and enjoin the operation of state laws that might prevent KCMSD from adequately financing the remedy, instead of setting the property tax rate itself.
all students attending the KCMSD," including full-day kindergarten;
Further, in agreement with the state, KCMSD argued that the district court still should oversee the desegregation plans because the test scores of the students had not improved appreciably.