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Kansas City Neighborhoods Shape Student Outcomes

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Elle Moxley
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KCUR 89.3

The relationship between schools and the communities to which they belong is crucial. In the latest Conversation at the SquareKansas City Mayor Sly James, school superintendents Mark Bedell and Jim Hinson, and Citizens of the World CEO Kristin Droege explore how factors that educators have little or no control over can affect the performance of their students. This week's Local Listen features Springfield, Missouri, songbird Erica Joy.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.