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A farewell to the Kansas City Public Schools superintendent

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Kansas City Public Schools superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell is exiting after six years. He led the struggling district through some major transitions — including regaining full accreditation — and tells KCUR he leaves the district in a "much better situation."

Dr. Mark Bedell, Kansas City Public School's longest running superintendent in 50 years, has resigned. After six years in the position, Bedell is headed for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with the hopes of being closer to family and where he grew up.

Bedell came in as superintendent in 2016, just four years after the district lost its accreditation. Earlier this year, Bedell achieved his major goal of winning back that accreditation, but remains critical of other long-standing problems, like Kansas City's unfair economic development practices. Up To Date's Steve Kraske spoke with Bedell about the school district's accomplishments during his tenure and the difficulties he wasn't able to tackle.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love, Trevor Grandin and KCUR Studios and edited by Lisa Rodriguez and Gabe Rosenberg.

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Trevor Grandin is a contributing producer for KCUR Studios.