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Seg. 1: Education Inequality Endures | Seg. 2: Girls And Cybersecurity

Segment 1: Decades after desegregation, there remain students in the Kansas City area who are still not receiving a quality education. 

Education professor John Rury detailed the inequalities as they exist in urban and suburban school districts. As the Kansas City area expanded in the 1950s, wealth moved to the suburbs. The levels of poverty in many urban, black neighborhoods have remained in the 30-40 percentile. "This brings a whole host of issues that makes it very difficult for schools to function," Rury said. 

Segment 2, beginning at 24:57: Kansas City girls have new opportunities in the cybersecurity field.

The cybersecurity industry is expanding across the nation, Kansas City included. Jobs are projected to grow by the millions in coming years, but a significant demographic has been left out of the equation. WinS and Fishtech are two local groups demonstrating pathways for young women to enter the booming cybersecurity field. 

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.