The Missouri Charter Public School Commission may soon accept the application of Citizens of the World, a new system of charter schools for Kansas City seeking to build “a socioeconomically, culturally and racially diverse community of students” in midtown.
The Missouri Charter Public School Commission may soon accept the application of Citizens of the World, a new system of charter schools for Kansas City seeking to build “a socioeconomically, culturally and racially diverse community of students” in midtown. File photo by Jill Toyoshiba The Kansas City Star
The Missouri Charter Public School Commission may soon accept the application of Citizens of the World, a new system of charter schools for Kansas City seeking to build “a socioeconomically, culturally and racially diverse community of students” in midtown. File photo by Jill Toyoshiba The Kansas City Star

Proposed charter schools for Kansas City’s midtown could combine diversity with achievement

July 21, 2015 06:58 PM

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