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

Rose Pierre with Students
Christopher Connelly
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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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As Up To Date’s associate producer, I construct daily conversations that give our listeners context to the issues of our time. I strive to provide a platform that holds those in power accountable, while also spotlighting the voices of Kansas City’s creatives and visionaries that may otherwise go unheard. Email me at zach@kcur.org.
Reginald David is an assistant producer with Up To Date. You can reach him at reginalddavid@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.