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Central Standard
1:18 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Halfway To Graduation: Class Of 2015 Check-In

Harold Burgos, Sache Hawkins and Ashwanth Samuel are on the brink of going places. But where?
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Central Standard is following three high school seniors through the trials and triumphs leading up to graduation. Catch up with Ashwanth Samuel, Harold Burgos and Sache Hawkins on internships, waiting to hear back from colleges, career dreams, school lunch, juggling coursework with outside interests, senior-itis, and what grown-ups don't know about high school today. Plus, one of these seniors surprised us with an early graduation in December.

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Education
11:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Lawmaker's Proposal Would Give Missouri Schools Letter Grades

Lamar Republican Sen. Ed Emery wants to give Missouri schools a report card – he's filed legislation to create an A-F letter grade system similar to those enacted in other states.

"I think if we can do this in Missouri, we'll have better informed parents and more involved parents, and as a result, we'll be moving toward an excellence in education that we all want," Emery said.

Florida was the first state to issue A-F letter grades to schools a decade ago under former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. Now, about a dozen states have similar systems in place.

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Up To Date
1:49 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Finalists For Missouri Education Commissioner

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The slate of candidates to replace Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro has been narrowed to five finalists. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine what the selection committee is looking for in the candidates, what local school districts would like to see in their next commissioner, and who are the frontrunners. 

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Up To Date
12:20 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

FBI Probe Of St. Joseph School District Focuses On Misuse Of Maintenance Staff

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The St. Joseph School District is facing a raft of problems these days. The federal investigation into the District's improper use of stipends continues with a third subpoena issued on Nov. 20. On this edition of Up to Date, we get the latest on the continuing scandal. 

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Beyond Our Borders
5:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Look What Happens When Kansas, Missouri Test Scores Are On A Level Playing Field

Missouri and Kansas fourth-grade math scores compared using the state standards (top), and the international benchmarking.
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For years, states have decided the definition of reading and math proficiency with their own sets of standards.

The result? Kansas children often seem to come out ahead of Missouri children in math and reading, when comparing the states' data.

But when this data is normalized across all 50 states, there's a different story.

RELATED: What You Probably Didn't Know About Academic Standards In Kansas And Missouri

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Beyond Our Borders
5:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

What You Probably Didn't Know About Academic Standards In Kansas And Missouri

When test scores for students in Missouri and Kansas are compared using international benchmarking, Missouri students perform better.
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It’s not really fair, but when many people around here think of quality schools, they think of Kansas.

Indeed, going back decades lots of real estate agents have guided new residents to the Kansas side of the line.

But there’s a significant difference between how Missouri schools and Kansas schools are judged.

"Our Missouri standards tend to rank at the more rigorous levels than do our standards assessments in Kansas," says Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium.

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Education
6:43 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Investigation of St. Joseph School District Narrows

A third grand jury subpoena was served at the St. Joseph School District headquarters, which is about an hour north of Kansas City, Mo.
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The federal investigation into the St. Joseph School District is becoming more focused.

A third grand jury subpoena was served on the Missouri district late Thursday.

This latest subpoena for documents asks for some very specific information.

In a news release, the district says the grand jury sitting in Kansas City, Mo., wants to know about the district's tuition reimbursement and teacher certificate reimbursement programs.

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Central Standard
4:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

What Matters To Kansas City Parents When It Comes To Schools?

Hale Cook, a recently re-opened neighborhood school in Waldo, has been a good choice for one of our callers.
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Maybe it's a decision about which side of the state line to live on. Maybe it's public school versus private, or district versus charter. For some, there may not seem to be a choice in the matter at all. A range of issues factor into where Kansas City families send their kids to school; meanwhile, difficulty discerning myth from reality looms large. Our callers and guests help break it down.

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Up To Date
12:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Fund For Teachers Lets Educators Bring Unique Experiences To Their Classrooms

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Fund for Teachers provides local educators the money to gain unique experiences from around the world and bring them back to their students, and school communities. On this edition of Up To Date, guest host Danie Alexander talks with a panel about the process and results of this program. 

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Education
7:41 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Chamber Adds Early Childhood Development To Big 5

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President Roshann Parris. The chamber is adding early childhood education to its Big 5 goals.
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There’s been a push in the past couple of years to improve both the access to and quality of pre-kindergarten education.

Now the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will jump into that effort and add early childhood development to its Big Five initiative.

Chamber President Roshann Parris says after meeting for months with area school superintendents, education researchers and, of course, business people, members decided that the best place to put their considerable clout and resources was in pre-K education.

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Education
4:56 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Central Middle School Gets High-Tech Overhaul

Central Middle School math teacher Stacy Gilson says the school's focus on the 7th 8th grades will help students form a good relationship with education.
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"That's the boys' restroom," Central Middle School 7th grader Camryn Jones says as she gives her family a tour of her brand-new school. 

"Is it different than the girls' bathroom?" her grandmother asks as she pokes her head through the door.

Camryn keeps walking. What she really wants to show off to her family is her math classroom at the end of the hall. 

“I can learn a lot from this room, because math’s my favorite subject," she says standing by her desk. 

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Education
4:20 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Program To Fight Chronic School Absenteeism In Kansas City

A new mentoring project aimed at getting young students to go to school was announced at the Kansas City Public Library
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Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced a new program Monday aimed at getting kids to go to school.

A recently released report from the nonprofit Attendance Works says 20 percent of American students are chronically absent from school. The organization calls it a national challenge.

The Missouri superintendents from Kansas City, Center and Hickman Mills all say chronic absenteeism is about the same in their districts.

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Central Standard
2:15 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

What's At Stake The Senior Year Of High School?

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High school seniors have a lot on their minds: graduation, applying to colleges, a whole year of "lasts." Meet two members of the class of 2015; we'll check in with them throughout the year, exploring the tricky issues that come up in that final stretch to the finish line.

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Northland Schools
4:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

New Way To Manage Northland Crime Tips

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Parents and students in Northland school districts  have a new, more efficient way to relay tips to Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers has promoted its 474-TIPS hotline number for 32 years. More recently, the organization started taking tips by texts. The Northland Safe School Task Force got so many texts that officials reached out to Kansas City Crime Stoppers to help manage the information from students and parents.

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Up to Date
10:12 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Back-To-School Means Higher Security For Area Students

Schools all over the country have increased security on their campuses.
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If you haven’t been in a school lately, you might be surprised that entering one feels like passing through security at Fort Knox.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk about the heightened safety procedures that schools have established in the wake of a trail of school shootings. We also look at the costs and effects of having a larger police presence there.

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Education
3:43 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Educators Meet In Kansas City For Early Childhood Education Summit

Educators are meeting in Kansas City to discuss the importance of pre-kindergarten education.
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Educators, politicians, doctors and clergy all gathered in Kansas City Monday to discuss early childhood development.

Almost everyone agrees Pre-K education is crucial. The mantra for early educators is, "Talk, read, play."

Before they start kindergarten, teachers say, children need a lot of interaction with adults. Research shows that, on average, lower income children start school knowing 900 fewer words than more affluent children.

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Education
12:31 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward As School Days In Kansas City Begin

Hundreds of families line up for school supplies at a back-to-school fair at Kansas City Kansas Community College last week.
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Many of the schools in the Kansas City metro area began this week. As we look around and see students toting backpacks and boarding school busses, we take a look at what's universal about this "back-to-school" time of year with this audio postcard.

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Central Standard
9:57 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Identifying And Teaching 'English Language Learners'

In many school districts, immigrant students with low English comprehension aren't always immediately identified as needing ESL (English as a Second Language) courses when they enroll. A new proposal in Kansas City, Missouri would help identify these students earlier so they have access to the assistance they need. We look at this program as well as the latest trends in ESL education. 

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Author Puts Unconventional Spin On Economics

John Hope Bryant's recent book has a different take on the relationship between capitalism and the poor.

Who has the power in capitalism? The critics of capitalism say the rich have the upper hand. But author John Hope Bryant thinks the story is more complex than that. He thinks that capitalism works best when it benefits not the few, but the many.

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Central Standard
4:49 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Historic Dividing Lines In Public Education Still Affect Kansas And Missouri Schools

US Marshalls escort Ruby Bridges to and from school in New Orleans in 1960.
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This spring marked the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, a Kansas case that went to the Supreme Court and ultimately ended with the ruling that the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. In the first half of Tuesday's Central Standard, we shared some little-known stories of the desegregation process from the months and years that followed.

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Education
6:47 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Kansas Board Of Education OKs Teaching License Changes

The Kansas State Board of Education has approved changes that will allow people with career experience – but no education degree — to teach in public schools. The changes will allow people with real-world experience to teach subjects including math, science and technical education.

The new regulations were prompted by a bill passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, although the Board of Ed had already been considering some new rules. The changes easily passed on a 9-1 vote.

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Up To Date
11:15 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Visiting Author Pays It Forward With Independence Students

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Sergio Troncoso writes books dealing with the communities we belong to and the borders that surround us. Every summer he crosses his own borders from his home in New York to teach creative writing to local high schoolers, at the George Caleb Bingham Academy for the Arts.

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Education
8:01 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Kansas Teachers Union Promises Lawsuit

The largest teachers union in Kansas is promising a legal challenge to part of a controversial education funding law. The legislation includes additional school funding in response to a court ruling, but lawmakers also added policy changes that angered many teachers.

The bill makes it easier to fire teachers in Kansas, by eliminating the guarantee of a due process hearing before a teacher is removed, if the teacher requests it. The KNEA says the provision was added to the bill in an improper manner.

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Up to Date
10:04 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Delving Into Debate

Debate has become a popular competitive activity at high schools and colleges.
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High school debate competitions are about more than just arguing over one issue. Fierce rivalries on the floor become close friendships when the dust settles, and the skills kids are learning can propel them far beyond the local classroom.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the relevance and benefits of participating in high school debate and speech and why it’s so popular with students.

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Up To Date
11:04 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Online University Offers Missourians An Alternate Route To Degrees

Host Steve Kraske sits down with the chancellor and an alum of the Western Governors University, an online university dedicated to affordable higher education.
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Last year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a new partnership between the state of Missouri and nationally recognized, non-profit Western Governors University.  The idea: help thousands of the 750,000 Missourians with some higher education obtain an affordable college degree.  And affordable it is at just under $3,000 a semester.

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Central Standard
12:38 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City

Our nation's classrooms are gaining diversity; is there a need for teachers to reflect that reality?
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Recent studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association point to what some are calling a diversity gap in American schools. While student populations are growing more and more racially diverse, the teaching pool isn't changing at a pace that reflects that reality.

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Central Standard
3:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Brown V. Board Of Education: 60 Years Later

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As of next month 60 years will have passed since Brown v. Board of Education took place in Topeka, Kan. The landmark case ruled that "separate but equal" was in fact unequal, and all public schools began the desegregation process.

On today's Central Standard, host Gina Kaufmann discusses the history of education in the state of Kansas and why Topeka was the ideal setting for this case.

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Up To Date
2:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

What Happens To Due Process For Kansas Teachers?

KNEA members protesting the school finance bill.
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A controversial move by Kansas lawmakers has teachers up in arms all over the state.  Steve Kraske talks with Kansas State Rep. John Bradford, who supported the change in the law, and Mark Desetti of the Kansas National Education Association.  They'll discuss how it will now be easier to fire teachers by eliminating their due-process rights and how supporters say that will improve education.  They also look at how this affects job security for teachers as well as their ability to criticize administrators when called for.

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Up to Date
10:33 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Promoting The Arts In The Urban Core

Aaron Dworkin is the founder of Sphinx in Detroit.
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The Musical Bridges program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music aims to give more arts opportunities to young people in the urban core of the city.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with a MacArthur Fellow who's done a similar thing in Detroit.

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Education
1:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Making 'Tinkering' An Art

Karen Wilkinson is the co-author of The Art of Tinkering.

"Tinkering" might conjure up images of a garage workshop or someone just puttering around, but a new book is putting a different spin on the term.

On Friday's Up to Date, author Karen Wilkinson joins us to discuss what she calls "the art of tinkering" and some of the creative ways anyone can become a tinkerer.

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