It took Sandra Allen a few years but when she finally read the 60-page autobiographical manuscript her paranoid schizophrenic uncle Bob sent her, she found a lens into his creative, curious and sometimes discombobulating mind. Today, Allen reflects on what her uncle's life reveals about mental health in America. Then, a conversation about the state of Kansas City Public Schools with Superintendent Mark Bedell, who says his district is making progress toward full accreditation, but challenges remain.
Superintendent Mark Bedell will host four community conversations across the KCPS system. The first is at the Linwood YMCA, 3800 E. Linwood Blvd., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 25. For more information, visit theplugKCPS.org.