From The Kansas City Star: The Kansas City (Mo.) school district has been conducting tours of vacant schools coveted as potential charter schools. That sends the message that the board is willing to consider charters, but the road ahead is still rocky in what has been a sometimes contentious relationship with charters in Kansas City. DECEMBER 2010....from The Kansas City Star: Some closed school buildings in the Kansas City (Mo.) district could be starting new lives — as schools. In some cases, school board President Airick Leonard West says, that will mean easing old animosities and striking deals to lease buildings to charter schools. One deal is done. The tutoring company W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center will be putting students back inside Pinkerton Elementary School in early 2011.