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'All hands on deck'

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Kansas City Public Schools has managed to keep its doors open even as COVID-19 causes widespread staffing shortages, but teachers say they need a lot more help. Plus, an obscure property law allowed someone else to claim a woman's home without her knowledge.

While a wave of COVID-related absences has forced several local school districts to temporarily close their doors, Kansas City Public Schools has managed to stay open. Now, teachers are asking for "all hands on deck" as they consolidate classes and skip planning periods to keep kids in the classroom. KCUR’s Jodi Fortino has more from teachers grappling with another semester marked by the pandemic.

For one homeowner in Iowa, an unfamiliar property law allowed someone to claim the title to her house without her knowledge. It's called a "quiet title action," and there are similar laws across the Midwest. As Iowa Public Radio’s Kassidy Arena reports for the Midwest Newsroom, these laws disproportionately affect homeowners who don't speak English fluently.

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