Kansas City committee to discuss return of middle schools

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City school district is forming an advisory committee to discuss the possibility of bringing back middle schools.

The district said Tuesday that it is seeking parents, community members and employees to serve on the committee.

Kansas City began transitioning seventh- and eighth-graders to K-8 schools in 2007. Then-superintendent Anthony Amato initiated the plan because of academic and discipline problems at the district's middle schools. The hope was that K-8 schools would keep parents involved.

But in 2010, middle-schoolers moved to the high schools when the district closed nearly half its schools as part of a massive cost-cutting consolidation effort.

Teachers have complained that the seventh- and eighth-graders need to be in their own schools. One challenge is that reopening middle schools would come with a financial cost.


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