The Kansas City Board of Education voted Wednesday night to close almost half of the city’s public schools, accepting a sweeping and contentious plan to shrink the system in the face of dwindling enrollment, budget cuts and a $50 million deficit.
In light of this news, the Times gathered a panel of education experts to offer their opinions on whether school size matters since the students who remain in Kansas City schools will now be attending more populous campuses.
The experts are:
- Herbert J. Walberg, University of Illinois
- Don Soifer, Lexington Institute
- Leonie Haimson, Class Size Matters
- Valerie E. Lee, professor, University of Michigan
- Rudy Crew, former chancellor of New York City Schools
Read their opinion pieces here.