KC Currents
11:22 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

KCPS Accreditation, Medical Apps, Lupe Gonzalez

Kindergartners at James Elementary use laptops in the classroom.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR
The show for October 10, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

How One Kansas City Public School Is Improving Scores And Making Change

Visit James Elementary School, in Kansas City's historic Northeast neighborhood, which has seen substantial improvement in student test scores. So much so that the school recently landed on Missouri’s list of most-improved low-income schools. 

Mo. Education Commissioner Defends Accreditation Recommendation

The hopes of Kansas City Public School officials were dashed last month when Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro recommended the district stay unaccredited, despite major gains on its state report card.  Nicastro explains why, and what plans she has in store for the district.

Kansas City Star Changes Commenting Policy To Clean Up Site, Engage Users

The Kansas City Star recently changed the way visitors to their website can comment on stories. Like many newspapers across the country, these comments can get out of control and become offensive, racist or sexist. That’s why commentors must now login to the system using a Facebook account, and their comments will be displayed using the name and photograph attached to that account.

Sprint Pushes Medical App Development With KC Boot Camp

Sprint recently launched Accelerator, an incubator for Kansas City start-up companies to develop mobile medical applications. They're looking for 10 groups who will receive $20,000 each and take part in a 90-day start-up boot camp focusing on mobile medical technology.

Technology Looks To Prevent Grain Bin Entrapments

Tall, cylindrical storage containers for grain, dot the rural Midwestern landscape. Typically, these belong to commercial grain elevators, but increasingly, farmers who want to market their grain throughout the year are installing their own storage bins. This presents a major safety concerns, in particular, the risk of entrapment when a person enters a bin to check on the grain.

From Musician To Community Activist, The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra

An exhibit opens this weekend at the Kansas City Museum. “Music Is My First Love: The Lupe Gonzalez Orchestra,” follows the life of local musician Lupe Gonzalez, who became an icon in the Latino community.

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