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School transfers

January 6, 2012 

The Kansas City Star and Lee’s Summit Journal have both published stories about legislative action to occur this year in the General Assembly to consider regulating student transfers from the Kansas City Missouri School District to area school districts. I am 100 percent supportive of the R-7 School District’s superintendent and school board to do all they can to mitigate the impact to our schools by refusing enrollment of students from the KCMSD, but they also need our help. I believe there must be specific legislation to provide assurance to taxpayers that we will not become “the next answer” to a billion-dollar-plus mistake that has no financial answer, as long as judges are allowed to tax without representation and use judicial activism to achieve ideological educational goals. The late federal judge Russell G. Clark started this mess in the 1980s by ordering taxes at the local and state level to pay for an “extreme makeover” of the KCMSD. After that colossal fiasco for over 10 years and the subsequent failure of the KCMSD board of education to maintain accreditation, citizens in surrounding school districts are now being ordered by the Missouri Supreme Court to come to the rescue. It doesn’t take much intelligence to understand that most of us do not want to live in the KCMSD boundaries, and many of those people that do so chose alternative schooling options, because we do not want to be associated with incompetent leadership, as evidenced by the revolving door of 25 superintendents over the last 40 years. If you care about how you pay for elementary and secondary education, please contact Governor Nixon and your elected senator and representative and voice your opposition to becoming the solution for other people’s problems that only they can solve.

Russ Klement Lee’s Summit

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