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Kansas City Lacks Latinx Teachers | Kansas City's Esports Team

Rose Pierre with Students
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The Latinx Education Collaborative report also shows an average of one black teacher for every 45 black students.

For every 200 Latinx students in the Kansas City area there is only one Latinx educator and the Pioneers take Kansas City into the ranks of Major League Gaming.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: At schools in the Kansas City metro area, there is a huge diversity problem.

According to a report from the Latinx Education Collaborative in tandem with the Urban Education Research Center, one percent of K-12 teachers identify as Latinx in the Kansas City area. This means that for every 200 Latinx students, there is one Latinx educator. A second report takes a deeper look at improving the "teacher pipeline" that recruits and retains students to the profession.

Segment 2, beginning at 26:59: The Kansas City Pioneers gaming team can draw more viewers than Sporting KC or the Kansas City Royals.

One study estimates that global esports and the game streaming industry is expected to be worth $3.5 billion by 2025. The Pioneers were founded in 2019 with a mission "to use the power of esports to champion diversity, inclusion and opportunity to players and fans." We talk with the team's founder and a major new addition to its roster for an inside look at an industry where competitors can make their fortune playing video games.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Zach Wilson is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Reginald David is an assistant producer with Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.