Kansas City, MO – At the beginning of July, John Covington started his work as the new superintendent of the Kansas City Missouri School District. He comes with a track record of boosting student achievement in Pueblo, Colorado and in a small district in Lowndes County, Alabama, which is near where he's from. But in Kansas City, most people agree; Covington has his work cut out for him.
Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City city council has settled the Ruth Bates bias suit against the City and Mayor Funkhouser out of court... ending months of controversy and averting a trial that could have started next week.
Mayor Mark Funkhouser expressed disappointment. He said he was ready to go to trial and confident he would have been vindicated, but he had been focusing on his agenda, and "now, we can put this behind us and we can do that."
Kansas City, MO – There'll be no trial, no chance for Mayor Mark Funkhouser to vindicate himslf, and no chance for plaintiff Ruth Bates to win a settlement that could have reached $800,000 or more. The city council voted yesterday to settle Bates' sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit for $550,000.
A state audit finds previous administrators of the Liberty School District spent recklessly and failed to foresee the district's looming financial problems.