African-Centered Schools Fight To Maintain Autonomy

Mar 8, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – Chick Elementary School opened in 1991 as the district's first African Centered Education school. Three years ago, the program expanded to include a 6th grade, and a 7th through 11th grade program on what's known as the ACE Collegium Campus.

Recently, the schools have been in the news because the district wants to combine the 786 students into one building, as part of is "right-sizing" plan, which parents and the school's administrators vehemently oppose.

To find out more about the program, KCUR's Susan B. Wilson recently went to the ACE campus to look around.

This story was produced for KC Currents, as part of a special broadcast on the Future of Kansas City Public Schools. To hear the entire one-hour show, go to our audio archives.