Education: Yes!

To the sober, civic-conscious Kansas City Star, the city's school system was in "a terrible mess." Moreover, it was attracting unfavorable attention outside Kansas City. Something, cried the Star, had to be done.

For two years the people of Kansas City had done nothing at all. For one thing, they had let their schools squeak by without enough money. Every time the school board tried to raise the school levy, they voted it down. Finally, in a desperate economy move last year, the school board pared the school year from 40 weeks down to 34.

That brought down on Kansas City the...

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