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Seg. 1: Kansas City School Board | Seg. 2: Millennials & Charlie Parker

Segment 1: The Kansas City Public School Board prepares for a new school year

Both new and returning school board members are preparing for the start of the school year next week. They talked about the timeline for accreditation, the inefficiency of charter schools and how the Jackson County reassessment issues are making an impact on the district. 

  • Pattie Mansur, member-at-large and board chairwoman
  • Marvia Jones, Subdistrict 4 board member
  • Manny Abarca, Subdistrict 3 board member

Segment 2, beginning at 25:15: The life and legacy of Charlie Parker

Throughout the month of August, KC Jazz Alive will be putting on events celebrating Kansas City native Charlie Parker, who changed the jazz industry forever. We explored how millennials are connecting with jazz and the great Charlie Parker. 

  • Chuck Haddix, curator of UMKC's Marr Sound Archives and author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker"
  • Mitch Butler, coordinator of Jazz Studies, UMKC
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, 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. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.