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.
This Part will first discuss the academic performance of Missouri's two largest school districts, SLPS and KCMSD as compared with charter schools in those areas.
Attracting suburban students into KCMSD proved largely illusive, and the Supreme Court ultimately deemed suburban comparability an impermissible remedial goal.
She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and was involved in several activities at Lincoln, including the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Secretary Senior Class, YWCA, Choral Society, Octette, Student Forum, Second Associate Editor Archives, Pan-Hellenic Council, and the History Club She also taught in the KCMSD then became counselor and served for 47 years.
According to the About KCMSD website, the racial composition is now 63.3 African American, 25.4% Hispanic, and 8.6% Caucasian.
The central staff of the KCMSD grew to 600--one for every 60 students.
In 1984, after a "tortuous" seven-year discovery process and a six-month trial, Judge Clark dismissed all the defendants except the state of Missouri, and "realigned" the KCMSD as a defendant along with the state.
After concluding that "'even with Court help it would be very difficult for the KCMSD to fund more than 25% of the costs of the entire remedial plan,'" (8) the district court determined that "the State and KCMSD were 75% and 25% at fault, respectively, and ordered them to share the cost of the desegregation remedy in that proportion." (9) The board submitted its need for higher taxes to the voters, as required by the Missouri Constitution.
The district court cited to a long list of dislocations that the litigation and judicial supervision had caused and concluded that "[t]hese byproducts of court oversight suggest that retention of judicial control may be more disruptive than beneficial to the KCMSD. The court is drawn even closer to this conclusion by the fact that the KCMSD and the Kansas City community have repeatedly used the court's presence as a shield from responsibility." Id.
devoted to KCMSD. The court required the state to pay a bit more than
Jenkins(63) that the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) was in violation of desegregation orders, required the school district to raise property taxes in order to pay for the desegregation plan even when in violation of the state constitution, and forced the state to fund 75 percent of the costs.(64) The school district, siding with the parents who forced the desegregation issue, contended that desegregation would take longer than the three years already elapsed under the order.