Almost Half of Kansas City, Missouri Schools Are Closing

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If you were a student at Westport High School in Kansas City, Missouri, you'd be one of thousands of other kids in the same school district who've felt the effects of a struggling economy firsthand. It's been confirmed that a whopping 29 of the district's 61 schools will be closing at the end of the year, amidst administrators struggling to avoid filing bankruptcy.

Besides uprooting students, approximately 700 jobs will be lost, including about 285 teachers. The superintendent insists these cutbacks are necessary because of the lack of enrollment. Schools today in this district are only half-full and enrollment is just half of what it was 10 years ago.

School board member Duane Kelly told a crowd of angry parents this week that the decision was "the most painful vote I have ever cast" in 10 years on the board. Some parents even started questioning whether they should homeschool their children. Officials remain adamant that without the budget cuts, they'd be in debt by next year.

What do you think about closing so many schools at once? Is it the right decision?
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