Whatever it is, I suspect nearby suburbs exist very much because of the KC schools. What the courts integrated, the residents RE-segregated. They didn't really talk about it, they just packed up and moved out, fleeing for the civility new housing developments and new, whiter schools.
My pager went off. (Yes we had pagers in '78.) The assignment desk sent me over to Bishop Carroll Catholic high school to get reaction of the Pope's passing.
Students learned less about the three R's as they did how to get along in those first few years. I'd reported that in some of my TV stories, back when television news actually covered something besides murders and the birth of zoo animals.
This is all relevant to me when I realize this problem has been going on for some time. 35 years ago in another city! And resegregation when whites, and growing numbers of blacks, move to the suburbs and the wealthier ones living in KCMO get out their checkbooks and send their kids to private schools.
Now the article by Randolph Swope you should read:
This link was posted by an anonymous reader on my blog this week. I think it was worthy of more attention so I give it a post of its own. This post is meant to give you something to think and talk about. There is lots of research and even more opinions on the issues of fixing education in major cities like ours. And of course the not-so-subtle assertions that to even TALK about is racist. IS IT?