Re-enrollment begins for inner city schools in KC

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KANSAS CITY -- Classes begin one week from today in Kansas City Public Schools and parents are lining up to register their children in the unaccredited district.

Kansas City Public Schools are strongly encouraging parents to enroll their kids before the first day of classes next Monday.

Parents are lined up with photo IDs, copies of their children's birth certificates, current immunization records, their lease or mortgage and a current utility bill.

This urban district is a little unusual in that it requires parents to re-register and re-enroll all students every year.

That's because there's a lot of mobility in the urban core. Many families move more than once a year. And district administrators say this process helps make sure the schools have the most resources where there will be the most students.

Parents waiting to enroll and register are a good sign for the district, which says the concern about parents trying to transfer kids to suburban schools just hasn't panned out.

"It's a very minimal number," said Andre Riley, the district's public relations director. "We've just not heard a lot from our families about that. Queries we've gotten are more about what's going on, seeing things on TV, hearing things, they want to know what this means for their students."

Riley says he expects enrollment in the unaccredited district to remain steady this year as administrators have been promising parents that they will see great strides in student achievement.

Some parents tell FOX 4 News they had no other option but to re-enroll, saying suburban transfers aren't happening because of court challenges and charter schools are not close enough to where they live.

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