The school board narrowly approved the plan Wednesday night to close 29 of the district's 61 schools to try to stave off bankruptcy. The closures have angered many parents, students and teachers, but administrators say they had no choice because without them, the district would have been in the red by 2011.
The public, readers, inherently know that the future greatness of our country will be defined by our children and their children's children. Numerous cities, not limited to Kansas City, are making tough choices, such as wholesale school closings to ensure their financial survival. Yet, as many world leaders have rushed to support the OTC derivative winners, while the masses retreat into survival mode, what message are we sending to the future generations? For me, this stuff is largely business, but this never implies that I am not embarrassed as citizen about the choices being made.