Seg. 1: Opposition To Mayor's Pre-K Tax Plan. Seg. 2: A Jazz History Tour Of Kansas City.
Segment 1: Most people agree access to pre-K needs to be expanded. Not everyone agrees on how to pay for and oversee it.
Days after Kansas City Mayor Sly James made public the particulars of his plan to fund expanded early childhood education, opposition to the proposal is piping up. Today, we heard educators and community organizers explain why they think the mayor's scheme to get more 4-year-olds into pre-K needs work.
- Gwen Grant, Urban League of Greater Kansas City president and CEO
- Mark Bedell, Kansas City Public Schools superintendent
- Dan Clemens, North Kansas City Schools superintendent
Segment 2, beginning at 26:22: Some sites are more obvious than others, but Kansas City offers jazz lovers plenty of historical points of interest.
Kansas City's UNESCO designation this year as a "Creative City of Music" is international recognition of the town's influence and impact on the direction of a distincly American art form. To guide us through some local sites where early- and mid-century musicians blew their horns, wet their whistles, and generally just hung out, we sat down with two advocates for local jazz remembrance.
- Jacob Wagner, UMKC associate professor of urban planning and design
- Christopher Burnett, saxophonist, bandleader and founder of Artists Recording Collective
As part of the Charlie Parker Celebration, Wagner and Burnett will guide a Kansas City jazz history tour starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, beginning in the 18th and Vine District. For ticketing information, visit the tour's Eventbrite page.