That’s right.  Senior staff knew about the debacle in Kansas City Schools, yet permitted the School Board to short list Bernard Taylor nonetheless.

The reality is that staff had no fewer than three opportunities to supply Board members with information about the debacle but simply didn’t.

But they certainly knew enough to publish the results of the debacle in the upcoming workshop on consolidation of schools that was scheduled for the day after the Superintendent vote.

It’s one thing for me to do the research from the various sources I’ve read over the last several years and ultimately putting two and two together.

But it’s another thing entirely to collect some of the very same documentation right from staff’s information to the Board itself on a different subject.

The article presented to the workshop validates everything I’ve written about the issue and the questions about Dr. Taylor’s participation.

I do have to admit that I was wrong on one minor point.

The district voted to close 29 schools, not the 28 that I had reported.

The 2011 budget shortfall was projected to be $50 million, or about 10% of a normal year’s budget.

It’s a bigger comparative bite than $130 million out of $2.9 billion in Broward.

The point is that staff knew things were amiss in the Kansas City school district while a Superintendent involved up to his hip boots (maybe higher) was being paraded in front of the School Board as a potential boss.

Either that, or they’re just plain incapable of putting two and two together.

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