The Missouri Board of Education decides not to decide–at least not yet–about the future of the unaccredited Kansas City School District. The Kansas City Star put it this way: “All of the options for the Kansas City Public Schools remain on the table…”. The state board had hinted that one of seven proposals for the district would be selected and intervention would take place. That may still happen, but not at this time.
Kansas City’s Police Chief says the chaos caused by large groups of teens gathering on the Plaza will no longer be tolerated and is discussing enhanced enforcement with top commanders. This is not exactly a new problem and continues to be a concern for Plaza merchants and patrons.
An online petition garnering more than 100,000 signatures is calling on Pope Francis to discipline, i.e., remove, Bishop Finn from his position with the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. Finn is on probation from a misdemeanor conviction for failing to report a priest involved with child pornography.
There has been largely negative reaction to a bill passed last week in the Kansas House permitting businesses to refuse services to gay couples on religious grounds. The Kansas Senate has declined to consider the measure in its present form. This controversy and others are, once again, raising questions in both Missouri and Kansas about gay rights and gay marriage. There seems to be a major change in public opinion on gay rights issues.