Kansas City man helps propose two new midtown charter schools

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two public charter schools for midtown Kansas City; that's what the Missouri Charter Public School Commission is considering in a meeting at the KC Public Library on the plaza.

Andrew Johnson says he wanted more neighborhood school options for his kids. So two years ago, he started brainstorming with other parents from the neighborhood.

They came up with a plan for two charter schools in midtown for 2016. They wrote up a proposal and partnered with Citizens of the World Charter Schools. The proposed school will serve kindergarten through first grade. Eventually it will expand to a middle and high school.

Johnson, the co-organizer, said, "Schools have been increasingly more segregated along the socioeconomic and racial lines. We wanted a model that really reflected the midtown community which is really diverse and works together as a community."