Kansas City, Mo., faces mass school closures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Facing potential bankruptcy, the Kansas City school board is shuttering almost half the district's schools.

Administrators say the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case. The school board has agreed to close 29 out of 61 schools.

Although other districts nationwide are considering closures as the recession ravages their budgets, the Kansas City's plan is striking.

In Detroit, 29 schools closed before classes began this fall, but that still left the district with 172 schools. Most other districts are closing just one or two schools.

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