'The Argument' Behind A Local Murder, And Addressing Suspension In KC Schools

Sep 5, 2017

"We're tackling the issue of forced suspensions because that creates absenteeism," says Kansas City Mayor Sly James on the impetus behind the School Suspension Summit. "Not only that, but it also, I would think, creates more tension in the classroom between students and teacher."
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Despite a drop in murder rates at the national level, homicides in Kansas City are on the rise. Today, we delve into the story behind the brutal murder of Pretty Pennington, the subject of the latest installment of KCUR's "The Argument." Then, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell share their thoughts on the practice of forced suspensions in schools and on the need to look at what is behind students' behaviors and teachers' reactions to them.

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