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Seg. 1: KCK Public Schools Fight Student Homelessness. Seg. 2: Police De-escalation Tactics.

Jessica Smith seated in front of a microphone in the KCUR studio.
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Jessica Smith, the McKinney-Vento Program Specialist with Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, says, "we want the children to be able to stay in their school of origin. We don't want to interrupt them academically."

Segment 1: How local activists are reducing student homelessness on the Kansas side of the metro.

Over the last several years a coalition of social services groups in Kansas City, Kansas, operating under the banner Impact Wednesday, have been working to cut in half the number of homeless students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Today, we heard how the district is collaborating with Impact Wednesday and volunteer teachers to reach zero homelessness among students by 2020. 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:00: KCPD on training officers to diffuse crisis situations.

Recent instances where metro-area police have shot and killed persons armed with decorative swords have raised questions about officers' use of deadly force. We examined the Kansas City Police Department's de-escalation tactics, up to and including lethal measures, and looked at the various conditions officers face in critical moments.

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.