Inside the Eddie Baker School of Music by David Hudnall
The Kansas City, Missouri, School District crept back into the headlines this autumn, following the abrupt resignation of its superintendent, John Covington, and the state of Missouri's announcement that it intends to strip the district of its accreditation, effective January 1. But the sorry state of the city's public schools is hardly news. The district has been the great shame of our city for decades. It's why, in 1999, Jerry McEvoy raised $1 million, renovated a fire-damaged space above St. Louis Church at 60th Street and Swope Parkway, and founded the Upper Room.