We pick he best passage from an otherwise meandering column as a former newspaper scribe shares her perspective on KCPS recently regaining accreditation in the shadow of former failures and the current racial drama confronting politicos.
Here's the money line . . .
Critical race theory-obsessed politicians are already lining up to start year two of this nonsense. Meanwhile, school districts are pushing forward, neither nostalgic nor overly concerned by those hellbent on questioning initiatives classified as “diversity, equity or inclusion.”
Like most urban and many suburban school districts, Kansas City doesn’t have the patience or the time to deal with those sorts of nonsensical, heavily politicized, and often flagrantly racist discussions.
Our past is illustrative of the ways racism and lesser political minds can meddle with the lives of children. Kansas City had one of the longest and most expensive desegregation cases in the nation’s history. In the mid-’80s, the court ordered plans to remedy the horrendous conditions that the schools had been allowed to fall into, to fix what racism broke.
The goal of the Kansas City district was always — then and now — to offer a quality public education to the students enrolled, no matter their race or ethnicity or other classification.
But at one point, luring white students to achieve a 60/40 Black/white split was part of the court ordered remedies of a series of magnet schools. For some, this led to the misconstrued and offensive idea that more white students were necessary to raise the quality of a predominantly Black district . . .
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The Kansas City School District is now fully accredited by the state, the first time since 2000. It's been a long arduous journey and officials concede that the hill is barely crested.