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11:23 am
Tue May 28, 2013

K.C. To D.C., Driven By Social Media

MindDrive's converted 1967 Karmann Ghia

The goal: Have at-risk students take an old rundown car, restore it and convert it to run on electric power then drive it from K.C. to D.C.   If that's not enough, have it powered solely by social media interaction.

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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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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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9:48 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A packed committee room for the bill's hearing.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Governor Sam Brownback.

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9:28 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Nixon Wants More Money For Education

Courtesy of

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says his budget for next year will expand funding for education for students of all ages.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Re-Imagining Education Online

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Examining Early Childhood Education

Lily Wade reads to a preschool class at the Child Development Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C.

ABC and 123: They’re the basics of early childhood education, but the way kids learn these is up for debate.

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Central Standard
5:15 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Saving Public Education In America

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

What will transform America's public high schools?

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8:44 am
Thu October 18, 2012

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In Kansas Report Card

The Kansas Board of Education voted not to include ACT test scores used in three districts in the state's official report card provided to the federal government.

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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
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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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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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

John Tilton, High-fired oxidation porcelain. Part of the show External Views, up at Red Star Studios through September 28th

On this Thursday's Central Standard, learn what makes Kansas City a Clay Town.

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Up to Date
12:53 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Ending The Myth Of Amateurism In College Sports

State Library and Archives of Florida

College athletes are considered amateurs in their sports because they are not allowed to be paid for their efforts. 

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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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Central Standard
9:14 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Financial Advice: Kids And Money

om5com flickr

There comes a time when every parents needs to sit their kid down for the talk. Because your kids have questions like -- "How much money do you make?" "Is this a recession?" "Are we poor?" On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at how best to teach your kids about money and saving.

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Central Standard
10:42 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KC Makers And The Democratizing Of Manufacturing

Our guest Vince Thompson has created this incredibly fun looking golf game. You can see it this weekend at Maker Faire.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

The maker movement is about changing the way things are made. It's been called a new industrial revolution, with a focus on building things in garages or community workspaces, instead of in factories. It’s like the DIY crafts movement, only for engineers and hackers instead of knitters.

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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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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
1:02 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Kansas City, Mo Schools: State Takeover Or Start Over?

Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo.

After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

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Central Standard
2:39 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Students from the Youth Leadership Summit from the Urban League's national conference in Boston last year

If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

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Up To Date
8:05 am
Wed February 15, 2012

The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution

Oxford University Press

From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,  teaching evolution remains a most divisive issue in America.   Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.

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Central Standard
6:46 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

New Approaches to Teaching Postsecondary Writing


First up on Thursday's Central Standard, a look at new approaches to helping students write at a postsecondary level. We discuss a new framework that fosters what’s called “habits of mind” and is gaining wider use, even in light of the current teach-to-the-test mentality in school systems across the nation. We're joined by Professor Linda Adler-Kassner, President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and Director of Writing Program at UC-Santa Barbara.

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Up to Date
1:28 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Kansas Governor Calls For Tax Cuts And Changes In School Funding Mechanism

At his annual State of the State address on Wednesday night, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback advocated a plan to cut taxes for roughly 1.6 million Kansans

He also outlined a plan to change the way Kansas public schools are funded, and called for the Kansas Legislature to fix the Sunflower State's state employee pension plan.

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9:12 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • Kansas School Districts Examine New Funding Formula
  • Local Poultry Producers In A Bind
  • Blunt Says Failed Balance Budget Amendment Typical

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Central Standard
9:24 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Saving Up For A Future

Today on Central Standard, a look at the United Way of Greater Kansas City, and how they're partnering with area non-profits to teach financial literacy.

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board of education
4:34 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Nicastro Punts On KCPS Governance

board of education
4:33 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pitch for KC Mayor To Run Schools

Diane Cleaver, flanked by Missouri Representatives Mike Talboy (r) and Jason Holsman(l), favor Mayor's operation of KC schools.(Click to enlarge.)
Photo by Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Kansas City, MO. – Kansas City's Mayor wants to run the Kansas City School District.

A forum of educators, politicians and parents drawn together by Kansas City's Mayor to save the district from a state takeover is wagering the Missouri Board of Education will buy in.

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4:56 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Rescue Plans Abound For KC Schools

Kansas City, MO – A diverse collection of forces are working alone or in concert to help the soon-to-be- accreditation-stripped Kansas City School District. One high profile group of minority leaders is asking Missouri's Education Commissioner to immediately appoint a panel to take over the District. Mayor Sly James has convened his own forum that includes neighboring schools.

The breaking developments come just days before the state education board meets and the local district is on the agenda.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular

Today on the show, the art slash kids show Whoop Dee Doo returns to take another stab at making radio. They’ve created a spooky Halloween Frankenfun Dractacular to debut live on today’s show.