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Seg. 1: Education & Online Curriculum | Seg. 2: Angela Ruch

Segment 1: Education & Online Curriculum

A digital education platform introduced to a couple of Kansas school districts has received criticism from some parents. At the forefront of the debate is the question: is education reform tapping into the potential of technology? Or are we disrupting a tried-and-true method of teaching?

  • Mark Whitener, superintendent, Wellington Public School District
  • Tom Henning, parent from Wellington, Kansas, with concerns over Summit Learning platform
  • Kyle Palmer, KCUR morning newscaster & host of No Wrong Answers
  • Jane McManus, director, Virtual Learning Network at the University of Kansas

Segment 2, beginning at 38:50: Angela Ruch

The only mom actively competing in NASCAR is racing in Kansas City during Mother's Day weekend. We find out more about her story and what it's like to balance life as a professional racer with the challenges of parenthood.

  • Angela Ruch, racecar driver
People don't make cameos in news stories; the human story is the story, with characters affected by news events, not defined by them. As a columnist and podcaster, I want to acknowledge what it feels like to live through this time in Kansas City, one vantage point at a time. Together, these weekly vignettes form a collage of daily life in Kansas City as it changes in some ways, and stubbornly resists change in others. You can follow me on Twitter @GinaKCUR or email me at gina@kcur.org.