Charter Schools in KCMO Become Independent

One flaw with the Kansas charter school law is the relative weakness of charter schools. In short, they are creatures of the local district and have little autonomy. Missouri is showing a better way, as KMBC reports:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thirteen of the 16 charter schools in Kansas City are cutting ties with the Kansas City School District and will become local education agencies instead. The change means that the 13 schools will no longer need the school district to collect federal or state aid or to apply for government grants.

Kansas would do well to follow this example.

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