Independence starts a 4-day school week
This school year will look a lot different for students in Independence, who head back to the classroom this week. Independence is by far the largest district in Missouri to make the switch to a four-day school week. Plus: Dealing with household clutter is a part of life, but for some Kansans it spirals into hoarding.
The Independence School District is the latest Missouri district — most of them small and rural — adopting a four-day school week. Independence says it made the change to help recruit and retain staff amid an ongoing statewide shortage of teachers. KCUR's Jodi Fortino reports how the decision creates more opportunities, and questions, for both faculty and students.
Most of us have extra clutter lying around the house. But sometimes the issue is more extreme and can rise to the level of hoarding. Experts say the problem is on the rise in Kansas because of an aging population and a lack of mental health providers. Rose Conlon of the Kansas News Service reports.
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