Kansas City School District Setting Up Committee on Middle School Plan

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Public School District may be bringing back its middle schools, but first it wants input from parents, employees and community members.

An advisory committee will be formed to discuss the possible transition.

District leaders say the timing is right to make such a move. Enrollment is going up, it fits the district's push toward improved academic performance and it could help the district regain accreditation, which it lost in January.

Kansas City first moved seventh and eighth graders to K-8 schools in 2007 after consistently poor academic performance and disciplinary problems at the middle schools.
They were forced to move again in 2010 when the district closed nearly half of its schools because of declining enrollment and money problems.

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Now the district is finding that disciplinary problems have only gotten worse by combining the 12 and 13 year olds with high schoolers, leading officials to push to give middle schoolers their own space again, believing it will boost the curriculum and keep parents from pulling their children out of the district after elemenary school.

If approved, this change will take effect beginning for the 2014-2015 school year.

The application for those interested in becoming part of the advisory comittee can be found on the district's website. Click here for more details.

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