Last week a group of parents in Midtown Kansas City realized a dream: they raised enough money to get two new charter schools off the ground.
There was a time when such an announcement would be met with suspicion and perhaps even hostility from the Kansas City Public Schools.
Superintendent Steve Green says the district saw itself as a target.
"We isolated ourselves. It’s sometimes a typical response when you’re wounded or in some way hurting you isolate yourself. But it’s probably the last thing you should do," he says.