Data: Kansas City’s Schools Are Segregated, Costly

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City district has found that its public and charter schools are increasingly racially segregated, expensive to operate and losing high school students.

The district released new analysis showing that 78% of schools in the Kansas City system were racially segregated by 2017, well over the 32% of schools in 1999.

The report says it’s in part due to white families opting out of the system. Only 10% of the city’s public school students are white.

The analysis also says Kansas City spends $80 million more on administration, transportation and overhead than the comparably sized Springfield district. The report attributes high costs to inefficiencies from operating 83 schools, compared to Springfield’s 53.

Public schools have been losing nearly half of all students between kindergarten and 12th grade.