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Education
1:24 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

UM System Board Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

Credit Flickr/Adam_Procter400

The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted unanimously Thursday to extend employment benefits to same sex couples employed by the UM System.

“Effectively, more and more employers and institutions such as the University of Missouri System realize you need to have these types of benefits in order to remain competitive in a state environment,” said AJ Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – a Missouri LGBT rights group that has been advocating for this change.

Bockelman estimates that benefits will be extended to approximately 250 couples throughout the state.

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Education
1:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton steps to the podium in Jesse Hall just before announcing his retirement. UM System President Tim Wolfe makes his way onto stage. June 12, 2013
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:06 pm

University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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Education
9:50 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Kansas Educators Speak Out For Common Core Standards

Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core reading and math education standards. They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

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Central Standard
6:22 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Program Helps Vets Get STEM Education

Credit "Veteran in transition" Cailey McClurken / veteransinstem.org

They've mastered advanced battlefield operations planning. They’ve navigated years of overseas intricacies and family complexities. But now, can they master trigonometry?

The Veteran in STEM program seeks to support veterans in acquiring the education they need to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.  While the process of retooling your education to focus on math or science might seem daunting to anybody, only half of STEM jobs require a bachelors degree or higher level of education, the other half typically require associate degrees or specific trade training.  Dean Kevin Truman of the School of Computing and Engineering and Alexis Petri, Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the KC BANCS program guide us through the unique supports and programing they've put together to help veterans advance their education and careers.

Tuition Hikes
4:52 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Kansas Universities Hit Hard By Budget Cuts, Tuition Expected To Rise

University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget.

The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University. Cuts were also made to student financial assistance programs, the Board of Regents Office, and adult education programs Board Spokesperson Vanessa Lamoreaux said.

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Central Standard
4:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Challenges Of Saving For College

Credit j.o.h.n. walker via flickr

As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many. But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President.

On July 1, the interest rate for federal education loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not take action, which is where bill H.R. 1911 comes in.

This bill proposes tying the interest rate of education loans to the 10-year treasury note rate plus 2.5 percent.

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Education
8:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

KU Officials Aren't Yet Sure What Budget Cuts Will Mean

The first Kansas legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over.  But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions; one is the Kansas University Medical Center.

Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; in a speech this spring, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations.

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KC Currents
4:37 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Class Of 2013: Preparing The Speech

Sandra Perez sits outside DeLaSalle Education Center. Sandra wrote the commencement speech for her high school graduation.
Credit Suzanne Hogan / KCUR

It’s graduation season, and across the metro, high school valedictorians and senior speakers are putting the finishing touches on their commencement addresses. At DeLaSalle Education Center, Sandra Perez is excited, and a little nervous, to give the speech she wrote, which was selected out of the graduating class of 52 to be part of the commencement celebration.

“It’s a speech that’s going to be remembered at least by someone. I want it to be a speech that could impact at least one person,” says Sandra.

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Central Standard
1:17 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The Challenge of Diversity Training

E pluribus unum—out of many is one—that’s was a founding principle for America.

Indeed, American language and culture shows the imprint of many different cultural influences.  But as the United States becomes more diverse, sometimes unity and understanding between different groups can become strained.

  

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Central Standard Friday
4:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

What's The Story Behind Your Street?

Have you ever wondered why a street is named the what it is?  Or what that one person did that immortalized their name onto our mailing address?  Some are fairly obvious, but many surprises abound when you start exploring.  History host Monroe Dodd invites David Boutros, the Assistant Director at State Historical Society of Missouri, Daniel Serda a teacher at the KU school of Architecture Design and Planning, and Matt Gilligan of the Johnson County Museum to explore our streets and just how they became know for what they are today.

Up to Date
10:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

College Decisions Close To Home

Tom Medlock talks with Nick and Steve Kraske on Up to Date.
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

National Decision Day is edging closer for high school seniors who have yet to choose a college.

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Education
7:39 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Kansas Regents To Study Allowing Guns On Campus

Kansas Board of Regents members say they will study the issue of allowing guns on campuses, but for now they'll continue barring concealed weapons.

A bill signed into law this week by the governor would allow legally carried concealed weapons in most public buildings, unless the buildings meet certain security requirements. The new law takes effect July 1st, but universities can exempt themselves from the requirement for four years.

Regent Fred Logan says they don't have time to thoroughly study the issue by July 1st.

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Education
3:58 am
Sun April 14, 2013

'Core' Curriculum Puts Education Experts At Odds

Originally published on Sun April 14, 2013 5:16 pm

At 2 p.m., it's crunchtime for students who write for The Harbinger Online, the award-winning, student news site at Shawnee Mission East High just outside Kansas City, Kan. They've been investigating an initiative to develop common curriculum and test guidelines for states.

The young reporters have pored over countless documents about the Common Core State Standards and talked to Kansas state legislators who pushed for their adoption, trying to understand why they're necessary.

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Central Standard
2:11 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Emporia State Debate Teams Sweeps National Tournaments

When  most of us think of a debate, presidential debates between two individuals come to mind. But the sport of argument and articulation is as radically different from this scenario as you can imagine. The world of college debate includes lightening fast speech arguments developed on the fly. The best team that encompasses these can be found at Emporia State University. Ryan Wash and Elijah Smith, two members of the ESU debate team recently won both the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association championship tournament. 


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Central Standard
9:30 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Choosing Childcare

From birth, the care and upbringing of a child is a stressful and demanding process. Tough questions that all parents face include who can I leave my child with when I go to work? Am I doing enough to help my child get on track with learning? And for some families, how can I get my child a good meal today? On this Central Standard we are exploring the challenges of childcare and early education for all parents, including the cost of childcare, how the government affects a child's early education and we highlight some local programs that help families in need.


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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Using Hope As An Educational Tool

Shane Lopez

Are you holding out hope for the future? You’re not alone.

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Central Standard
3:11 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rethinking Middle School

Think back to your middle school yearbook picture – do you cringe a little bit?  Do you remember a hormone-filled, socially awkward period of your life where your mind has developed faster than your body... or maybe the other way around.  Ages 11 to 14 can also be a time of intellectual and emotional awakening for young people – when they discover their talents and interests and meet lifelong friends.


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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

KCPS Plans To Reorganize Middle Grades Again

Superintendent Stephen Green addresses a community forum about middle schools.
Sylvia Maria Gross KCUR

Over the past few weeks, Kansas City Public Schools held community forums to discuss the reorganization of the district’s middle grades, and possibly returning to the concept of stand-alone middle schools.  The district’s tweens have been bounced around quite a bit over the past few years. 

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Central Standard
9:49 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Philosophy of Doubt

Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

New Regulations Change Access To Research

Scientific lab
Goldmund100

Due to a new White House directive, results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly.

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Education
5:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Kansas School Funding Boost Put On Hold By State High Court

The Kansas Supreme Court today has put on hold a decision from a district court that ordered Kansas lawmakers to hike spending on public schools.

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KC Currents
1:30 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

KCPS Agrees To Open Hale Cook School

Hale Cook elementary school
Alex Smith

On Friday, February 15, Kansas City Public Schools agreed to a plan to reopen the shuttered Hale Cook elementary school in the Waldo neighborhood.

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High School
12:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Closing Of St. Mary's School Reflects Declining Enrollment In Catholic Schools

St. Mary's High School in Independence will close after this year. It's been around for 160 years.

The St. Mary's community is reeling from what they feel was the abrupt and insensitive way the diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph closed their 160-year-old school.  Many of the families in the Independence,  Sugar Creek and Blue Springs areas are alums and have children and grandchildren there.

But the diocese says closing the 160-year-old school was strictly a business decision; the diocese couldn't pay the bills to keep the school open. The reason, they say, is the tumbling enrollment.  Only seven students enrolled for the 2013-2014 freshman class.

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Central Standard
9:47 am
Tue February 19, 2013

'Nazi Persecution Of Homosexuals' Exhibit Comes To KC

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling exhibit, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 opened at the Dean's Gallery at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Stuart Hinds, head of Special Collections for UMKC libraries, joins us to talk about the exhibit and other events the museum is hosting to accompany the exhibit.


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Central Standard
9:41 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Studying Love

In the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated or scorned by many, but what is love like around the world? William Jankowiak, professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Intimacies: Love and Sex Across Cultures, joins us to talk about love across cultures.

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Central Standard
6:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Race & Gender In The Elections: How Children Are Affected

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?


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KC Currents
11:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Proposed Waldo Walmart Sparks Community Response

Bingham Junior High School sits vacated east of 77th and Wornall, abutting the Trolley Track Trail in Waldo.
Credit Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The redevelopment of each closed school building in Kansas City, Mo. tends to draw a small group of concerned residents.  And that was the case for the old Bingham Junior High School property, at 77th and Wyandotte in Waldo. Until Walmart came knocking.

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KC Currents
5:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

University Of Kansas Changes Core Curriculum

Provost Jeffrey Vitter
Monica Sandreczki

Starting this fall, basic curriculum requirements will change for undergraduates at the University of Kansas.  As of now, each school – whether it is the School of Health Professions or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – sets its own requirements.  Some are pretty extensive and specific. Each student might have to take the same basic math, or western civilization class, for example.

Some question the relevance of classes that aren't connected to their major.

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Education
4:53 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Play Takes New Meaning In Kansas City IT Venture

Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A collection of Missouri corporations have added a million dollars to a similar federal grant creating what’s being labeled the, “Digital Sandbox.”

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Central Standard
2:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

School Choice

With education options more diverse than ever, some parents are eschewing the standard public school system.  With this choice, comes the debate on where taxpayer dollars should be going.

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