Gordon Parks Elementary's wins in fight to stay open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Gordon Parks Elementary has won its fight to stay open.

The school was fighting a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decision to close the charter school.

In a statement from Gordon Parks President Doug Curry, he thanked the community for the support the school received.

"We will need all of the support we can muster to meet and improve upon our ambitious goals enabled by today's favorable court decision," Curry said.

School officials argued that DESE did not give the school an opportunity to show its improvement before making the decision. A judge ruled in Gordon Parks Elementary's favor Monday morning.

"It means they're coming back to us," teacher Mrs. Groves said, "I teach them every day, you have choices and those choices give you opportunities. This is a second chance for Gordon Parks."

Six-year-old Robert couldn't read a year ago, but today, he thanks his passionate kindergarten teacher Mrs. Groves that he can read simple books with ease.

"The other day he told my son, 'We'll have the opportunity to do that as well," and I though wow, he's using big words," Robert's mother said.

According to officials, the school will reopen in August for students in kindergarten, first and second grades. They are working on hiring staff for the school.

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