Charter Schools Gain Popularity in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charter Schools are seeing a surge in applications as the debate over control of the Kansas City School District drags on. More parents are unhappy with turmoil in the Kansas City School District and are applying to enroll their children in charter schools.

Charter school leaders say parents are more interested in finding options for their kids. Frontier School of Innovation near 56th & Troost has become more popular in part because it specializes in providing young kids a background in Match and Science.

Once accepted, 95 percent of the students stick with the school. So many other kids want to be part of the UMKC sponsored charger program that the school is expanding by 400 more students for the next school year. Parents FOX 4 spoke to say they like the school because they say they know the jobs of the future require a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math.

"Kansas City being what it is, hiring so many engineers and at the crossroads of trade, I think all of the parents like me would like to have their kids here be prepared for the 21st century," said Robert Bonsasa, parent.

Since Frontier School of Innovation started five years ago, all of its high school graduates have been accepted to colleges.

Interest in the Frontier School System is so strong that the superintendent says they're looking to buy a more traditional school building to accommodate growth.

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