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A Family's Struggle With Schizophrenia, And A KCPS Update With Superintendent Bedell

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
An upcoming series of community conversations is a way of following up and being transparent with parents and the media, says KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell, "and just being honest about where we are [as a district] and where we plan to head."

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

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.