8:39 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Lee’s Summit Student Website Ruling Reversed

A Kansas City federal judge has been directed to make another attempt at settling a dispute between the Lee’s Summit School District and two students suspended after a blog caused a furor. A federal appeals panel has rejected a preliminary injunction against the 180 day suspensions of twin brothers.

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4:37 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Bloggers' School Suspension Upheld By Federal Appellate Court

Twin brothers were suspended from Lee's Summit North after a blog they created caused a disruption in school.

Twin brothers suspended earlier this year from Missouri’s Lees Summit North High School for disruptions allegedly caused by a website they created have lost an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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KC Currents
10:52 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Concerned Parents Push For New Public School

Parents and their children gather at a coffee house in Waldo to discuss education.
Alex Smith/KC Currents

For the past several months, a group of mostly 30-something parents have gathered at a coffee shop in Waldo with plenty of babies and toddlers in tow. 

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Election 2012
5:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat

John Vratil is retiring as vice-president of the Kansas Senate.

Retiring Kansas moderate Republican State Senator John Vratil has crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mike Delaney in the 11th Kansas Senate District.

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Central Standard
10:16 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Adult Studio Art Classes / ACT, SAT Prep

flickr / naraekim0801

During the first half of Wednesday's Central Standard, a discussion about broadening artistic learning opportunities for adults.

Then later in the hour, since it's that time of year for students... we'll talk about preparing for the ACT and SAT. Hear about a program aiming to level the playing field with college prep services for local low-income and underprivileged students.

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Central Standard
7:52 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Tomorrow's College: How Higher Education Is Changing

University of Phoenix, a public, for-profit institution

Even with the price of tuition reaching record highs, going to college might be more common than ever. However, less than 10 percent of students actually finish with their bachelor’s degree by age 24.

Why are so many students struggling, or dropping out? Just who is shaping the future of higher education?

During the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard, we learn how today's college is changing. Education reporter Emily Hanford stops by to talk about her radio documentary series Tomorrow’s College.

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Up to Date
3:44 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Libraries Meeting Needs Of Diverse Communities

The 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is being held this week in Kansas City, Missouri.
2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African-Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics, and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.

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Central Standard
10:19 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Why Do We Work?

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

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Central Standard
9:48 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Literacy KC & The Writers Place Team Up To Help Adult Students Learn To Read

Approximately 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area function at the lowest literacy level. On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at how illiteracy is closely linked to poverty, unemployment and health issues, and an area class working to bridge that gap.

Then, in the second half of our show, a quick legal bootcamp for musicians. From copyrights to royalties, our guest Donald Simon has advice for all the legalese that can put a jam in your jamming.

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Up To Date
8:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Applying Open-Source Thinking To Higher Education

Shai Reshef, President of the University of the People.
University of the People

What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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12:16 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Funding Verdict Against Kansas City Public Schools

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western Court ruled Tuesday against the Kansas City, Missouri School District, now known as the KCPS.

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Up To Date
12:21 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Update On Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri's  annual report for school districts came out last week and for the first time in a long time the news for Kansas City wasn't all bad.  In fact, there's been some improvement.

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KC Currents
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Professors Propose Reforms For Foreign Student Entrepreneurs

UMKC Bloch School
University of Missouri - Kansas City

What do companies like Yahoo, eBay, Intel and Google have in common? They were all founded in part by foreign investors.

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad. The Kids Go To College

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikow) off to college in "The Kids Are All Right"

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

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1:38 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Ruling But No Resolution On KC School Transfers

Jackson County judge W. Brent Powell ruled on the lawsuit filed by five school districts against the Kansas City district yesterday. 

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Up to Date
10:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The 'Flexbook': A Textbook Replacement

Who needs textbooks any more? And given how much they cost, even if you do need them, it's a huge expense in university education.

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12:11 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Breaking It Down: Kansas School Funding Lawsuit


In Kansas, 54 school districts are currently suing the state for cutting their funding. The state has budgeted $3,800 per student for the coming school year. 

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5:21 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Leadership Change At African-Centered Schools

A student in class at the old ACE school in 2010.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

There’s been changing of the guard at Kansas City's African-centered schools.  

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7:16 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Testimony Wraps Up In Kansas School Finance Trial

Testimony in the Kan. school finance trial draws to a close today.

Testimony in the Kansas school finance trial will draw to a close today as lawyers in the case call their final witnesses.

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9:10 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Mizzou Plans For Stadium Expansion With Money From Kansas City Group

Faurot Field at the University of Missouri's Memorial Stadium.
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The University of Missouri in Columbia is set for a $102 million upgrade to its football stadium and other athletic facilities. 

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8:30 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Kansas Senate Leader Testifies In School Finance Case

The trial in the ongoing school finance lawsuit is continuing this week, with a leading member of the Kansas Senate testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs.

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8:22 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Some Kansas School Districts On The Brink

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his new public school funding proposal Wednesday.

A top official at the Kansas State Department of Education says recent budget cuts have pushed some school districts to the brink of insolvency.

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8:28 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Kansas School Finance Trial Continues

Shawnee County Courthouse.
Peter Hancock Kansas Education Policy Report

The trial resumes today in the school finance lawsuit where 54 school districts are claiming the state of Kansas is under-funding public education.

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7:34 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Concern About Evolution As Kansas Helps Set National Science Standards

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Kansas education officials are working with 25 other states to develop new science standards that could serve as a model for the rest of the country. 

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8:09 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Witness Says Kansas Schools Underfunded

Dr. Bruce Baker
Peter Hancock

An expert witness in the ongoing school finance trial says Kansas is under-funding public schools by thousands of dollars per pupil each year. 

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11:35 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Pencils, Papers, Shoes: What Factors Into The Kansas School Finance Formula?

Judges in the Kansas school finance lawsuit are being asked to decide how much responsibility the state has in making sure all children have the same chance at a quality education.

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4:47 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

KC Port Authority Buys Into Richards-Gebauer, MCC Expands To Site

MCCKC training center lab.
Lee Stauffer

The Kansas City Port Authority has snapped up six buildings at Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park and is leasing a portion to Metropolitan Community College.

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Up to Date
10:41 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan On Joplin School Recovery

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

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Up to Date
10:02 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The University Of Kansas (City)?

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

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Central Standard
2:10 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

David Ford / Freedom School

Artist David Ford at the Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Coming from a long line of what he calls “prairie people”artist David Ford is the quintessence of politically incorrect and this is exemplified through his works. On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we learn about his journey to West Africa for National VooDoo Day.

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