- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Board of Education has approved a new charter school amid efforts to revitalize a neighborhood in Kansas City’s urban core.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/1PD7Lbe ) that the Kansas City Neighborhood Academy will be the first charter sponsored by Kansas City Public Schools.

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is aiming to build a target area of about 200 blocks into a safe and prosperous mixed-income neighborhood anchored by a successful school.

The new charter school expects to serve about 180 students in kindergarten through second grade in its first year of operation. The charter application says a grade would be added each year up to sixth grade.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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