Bartending school in Kansas City, Missouri is on the brink of closure


— Bartending schools in Kansas and Missouri are struggling to stay afloat amid growing student debt and falling attendance, according to a new report from the National Bartending Association.

The union representing state-licensed, non-profit schools said the schools have experienced a drop in attendance, a cut in state funding and an increase in debt.

The schools, which have existed since before the Civil War, were created in the 1950s by the state’s Legislature to offer education to low-income students, said John Smith, the union’s executive director.

There are now more than a half-million students in the state-approved schools, according a 2015 report by the Kansas Department of Education.

Teachers and administrators say the students are frustrated and angry, saying they are being punished for trying to make ends meet, Smith said.

Many students have dropped out, and the schools are losing state support and funding to cover costs, he said.

The union also said the students have been subjected to racial bias by school officials, who sometimes refer to them as “pigs” and “cows” when discussing students of color.

The schools have also been accused of using the school-record system to discriminate against students who were not white.

Since the unions began organizing, there have been two teacher strikes and several other protests in the Kansas City area, including in the city’s downtown, where a large crowd gathered Saturday to protest a proposal by city officials to change the name of the city park to “Mountain View Park.”

Smith said the state will not have enough money to keep the schools open without additional state funding, which is slated to run out in 2020.

That would leave schools with few other options than closing, he added.

In a statement released Monday, the state Department of Administration said it would look into the union and its claims.

The department did not provide details on its investigation.

In Kansas, a state agency is working to find a new contract for the state schools.

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More than 100 top students at a top-ranked high school in Alabama have been placed on leave as the school investigates whether it violated a state law banning student bullying, The Montgomery Advertiser reported.

The students, from three different high schools, are expected to be reinstated by the end of the week.

“I’m very proud of the students that were selected,” said Dr. David St. Clair, the school’s principal.

“We want to give them every opportunity to be successful.”

A year ago, a student from the Alabamans School of Music was suspended for a year for making threats to kill his teacher.

Last year, a teacher at the school was suspended and the principal was fired.

Students at the three schools have been banned from using social media or the internet.

The Alabamas students have also been given a letter of warning and a letter from a district safety officer, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.

They have been told that they must take their own precautions, including avoiding certain areas.

“This is a step in the right direction, and we hope this can be the start of the conversation,” St. Claire said.

“It’s a very, very difficult conversation.”

Students have been suspended in previous years because of threats to students and teachers, but it’s the first time students have been put on leave after being investigated for violating the state law.

The law, enacted in 2015, prohibits the use of social media, school transportation and the internet for students to cause harm to others.

It is not clear if the school is being investigated under the law, the Montgomery Ad­vertiser said.

The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.