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House Republicans want smaller school districts

January 12, 2000
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

The loss of accreditation in the Kansas City School District has House Republicans expressing worry.

Renny MacKay from Jefferson City has more.

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The Republicans proposal... to divide up the school district. St. Jo Representative Charles Shields is sponsoring the bill.

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Contents: He says that the state has to take action to correct the problem and may have to do the same in St. Louis if St. Louis loses its accreditation next year.

The Republicans are saying the issue should be a top priority.

Democrat Rodger Fitzwater is Chair of an education committee. He says that a new superintendant and the end of the courts involvement may fix the problem in Kansas City, but is taking a wait and see approach.

From the State Capitol I'm Renny MacKay.


House Republicans have said there is a crisis in the Kansas City School District and St. Louis isn't far behind.

From Jefferson City Renny MacKay has more.

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The two biggest school districts in Missouri have become unmanageable according to St. Jo Representative Charles Shields.

Kansas City loses its accreditation in May and the Republicans proposed dividing its school district.

Shields says that St. Louis is headed toward the same fate as Kansas City's school district.

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Contents: He says the Kansas City school district is in disrepair and the same happen in St. Louis without a change.

The Democrats aren't panicking yet. Rodger Fitzwater is chair of the education committee that is responsible for the school districts. He says he'll wait and see what the two school districts have to say in a hearing next month.

From the State Capitol I'm Renny MacKay.


Kansas City will lose its accreditation May 1st. House Republicans are saying this is a crisis... The Democrats aren't panicking just yet.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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The Republicans have proposed a bill to divide Kansas City's school district, they want a hearing to discuss their proposed bill as soon as possible.

Democrat Rodger Fitzwater says a hearing will be held in early February and dividing the district will be discussed.

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Contents: He says the Republicans have been proposing it for years and it is feesible, but needs to be evaluated.

The lead sponsor of the bill, Charles Shields from St. Jo thinks the district is currently unmanageable.

From the State Capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.