Segment 1: School across Kansas and Missouri struggle each year to fill teaching positions.
Having enough teachers to fill classrooms is a perennial problem for schools in all parts of the Kansas City metro. Raytown Schools has created a novel way to address the shortage in their district, but several factors, including pay, are working against Missouri and Kansas districts' efforts to attract and retain qualified talent.
- Marlene DeVilbiss, assistant superintendent of human resources, Raytown C-2 School District
- Marcus Baltzell, director of communications, Kansas National Education Association
Segment 2, beginning at 24:38: Stories from behind the school bus steering wheel.
They play a critical role in getting kids to school (and back home) every day, but their influence and impact on the day-to-day lives of school children is often overlooked. Two experienced drivers described their favorite parts of the job, and how they approach some of the challenges it can bring.
- Brooke Winfield, Student Transportation of America bus driver for Kansas City Public Schools
- Tom Ott, Student Transportation of America terminal manager and bus driver for Center School District