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Center Schools Superintendent | Women's Suffrage Documentary | COVID-19 Ethics Professors

At a press briefing on Monday, Gov. Mike Parson lays out phase one of his plan to reopen Missouri. In one week, all businesses in the state will be allowed to open again but must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Jaclyn Driscoll
St. Louis Public Radio
At a press briefing in June, Gov. Mike Parson deflected personal responsibility for the spread of the coronavirus in Missouri. We asked the Ethics Professors what amount of responsibility can be placed on elected officials for what they do or don't do regarding COVID-19.

The new leader of Center School District brings years of experience with her including leading another metro district, Kansas' pioneering role in the battle for women's suffrage, and the moral quandaries brought about by an enduring viral pandemic.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:59: Center School District's new superintendent is a familiar face in the metro area.

The move from Hickman Mills schools to Center schools was what was best for herself and her family, said Yolanda Cargile. The shift means new challenges, including navigating the global pandemic that's putting the prospect of in-person learning in peril and a push to make the district more racially equitable.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:05: Kansas has a legacy of female political leadership.

KMBC is taking a look at Kansas’ pioneering role as a leader in getting women the right to vote with the documentary "Chronicle: Pioneers. Patriots. Trailblazers." The film airs Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Segment 3, beginning at 35:20: With COVID-19's spread comes serious ethical dilemmas.

Americans are looking for an end to mass precautionary measures, but rushing things brings our society up against some serious ethical questions. Is it fair to risk the health of our children, parents and teachers for in-person classes? Are political leaders personally responsible for failures to control the coronavirus' spread?

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