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KCUR 89.3 covers education issues across the Kansas City region and in Kansas and Missouri. 

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Have you ever wondered why a street is named the what it is?  Or what that one person did that immortalized their name onto our mailing address?  Some are fairly obvious, but many surprises abound when you start exploring.  History host Monroe Dodd invites David Boutros, the Assistant Director at State Historical Society of Missouri, Daniel Serda a teacher at the KU school of Architecture Design and Planning, and Matt Gilligan of the Johnson County Museum to explore our streets and just how they became know for what they are today.

College Decisions Close To Home

Apr 26, 2013
Beth Lipoff/KCUR

National Decision Day is edging closer for high school seniors who have yet to choose a college.

Kansas Board of Regents members say they will study the issue of allowing guns on campuses, but for now they'll continue barring concealed weapons.

A bill signed into law this week by the governor would allow legally carried concealed weapons in most public buildings, unless the buildings meet certain security requirements. The new law takes effect July 1st, but universities can exempt themselves from the requirement for four years.

Regent Fred Logan says they don't have time to thoroughly study the issue by July 1st.

At 2 p.m., it's crunchtime for students who write for The Harbinger Online, the award-winning, student news site at Shawnee Mission East High just outside Kansas City, Kan. They've been investigating an initiative to develop common curriculum and test guidelines for states.

The young reporters have pored over countless documents about the Common Core State Standards and talked to Kansas state legislators who pushed for their adoption, trying to understand why they're necessary.

When  most of us think of a debate, presidential debates between two individuals come to mind. But the sport of argument and articulation is as radically different from this scenario as you can imagine. The world of college debate includes lightening fast speech arguments developed on the fly. The best team that encompasses these can be found at Emporia State University. Ryan Wash and Elijah Smith, two members of the ESU debate team recently won both the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association championship tournament. 


Choosing Childcare

Apr 4, 2013

From birth, the care and upbringing of a child is a stressful and demanding process. Tough questions that all parents face include who can I leave my child with when I go to work? Am I doing enough to help my child get on track with learning? And for some families, how can I get my child a good meal today? On this Central Standard we are exploring the challenges of childcare and early education for all parents, including the cost of childcare, how the government affects a child's early education and we highlight some local programs that help families in need.


Using Hope As An Educational Tool

Mar 20, 2013

Are you holding out hope for the future? You’re not alone.

Think back to your middle school yearbook picture – do you cringe a little bit?  Do you remember a hormone-filled, socially awkward period of your life where your mind has developed faster than your body... or maybe the other way around.  Ages 11 to 14 can also be a time of intellectual and emotional awakening for young people – when they discover their talents and interests and meet lifelong friends.


Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

Over the past few weeks, Kansas City Public Schools held community forums to discuss the reorganization of the district’s middle grades, and possibly returning to the concept of stand-alone middle schools.  The district’s tweens have been bounced around quite a bit over the past few years. 

The Philosophy of Doubt

Mar 14, 2013

Throughout the course of the day we ask ourselves a lot of questions; what should I have for breakfast? Should I run to the store before picking up my kids or after? Should I read my book before bed or watch a TV show? We rarely take the time to contemplate larger, more philosophical questions that probe our very existence.

New Regulations Change Access To Research

Mar 1, 2013
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Due to a new White House directive, results from federally-funded research will be easier to access publicly.

The Kansas Supreme Court today has put on hold a decision from a district court that ordered Kansas lawmakers to hike spending on public schools.

KCPS Agrees To Open Hale Cook School

Feb 25, 2013
Alex Smith / KCUR 89.3

On Friday, February 15, Kansas City Public Schools agreed to a plan to reopen the shuttered Hale Cook elementary school in the Waldo neighborhood.

The St. Mary's community is reeling from what they feel was the abrupt and insensitive way the diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph closed their 160-year-old school.  Many of the families in the Independence,  Sugar Creek and Blue Springs areas are alums and have children and grandchildren there.

But the diocese says closing the 160-year-old school was strictly a business decision; the diocese couldn't pay the bills to keep the school open. The reason, they say, is the tumbling enrollment.  Only seven students enrolled for the 2013-2014 freshman class.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's traveling exhibit, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 opened at the Dean's Gallery at the Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Stuart Hinds, head of Special Collections for UMKC libraries, joins us to talk about the exhibit and other events the museum is hosting to accompany the exhibit.


Studying Love

Feb 14, 2013

In the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated or scorned by many, but what is love like around the world? William Jankowiak, professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and author of Intimacies: Love and Sex Across Cultures, joins us to talk about love across cultures.

It may be hard to remember, but the 2008 election broke racial and gender norms for politics. With President Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton among the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in both major parties, the idea of race and gender was a common discussion. But what did that election mean to those who didn’t, and couldn’t vote?


Monica Sandreczki / KCUR

The redevelopment of each closed school building in Kansas City, Mo. tends to draw a small group of concerned residents.  And that was the case for the old Bingham Junior High School property, at 77th and Wyandotte in Waldo. Until Walmart came knocking.

University Of Kansas Changes Core Curriculum

Feb 4, 2013
Monica Sandreczki

Starting this fall, basic curriculum requirements will change for undergraduates at the University of Kansas.  As of now, each school – whether it is the School of Health Professions or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – sets its own requirements.  Some are pretty extensive and specific. Each student might have to take the same basic math, or western civilization class, for example.

Some question the relevance of classes that aren't connected to their major.

Play Takes New Meaning In Kansas City IT Venture

Feb 1, 2013
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A collection of Missouri corporations have added a million dollars to a similar federal grant creating what’s being labeled the, “Digital Sandbox.”

School Choice

Jan 23, 2013

With education options more diverse than ever, some parents are eschewing the standard public school system.  With this choice, comes the debate on where taxpayer dollars should be going.

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

Examining Early Childhood Education

Jan 18, 2013
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ABC and 123: They’re the basics of early childhood education, but the way kids learn these is up for debate.

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Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway surprised more than a few people in October when he announced that he would step down come August.

Surviving The College Application Process

Jan 15, 2013

Most of the time, the long and winding road of choosing a college is forgotten in the subsequent years of hazy academic exploits.  But for most high school seniors, this time of year is an involved process that can lead to anxious days and sleepless nights.

Looking To The Future At UMKC

Dec 18, 2012

Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is no exception.

KU Lobbies To Save Research Grants

Dec 17, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Amid negotiations in Washington to year end avoid budget cuts and tax hikes, universities are lobbying against grant reductions.

The historic Donaldson House in Kansas City, Mo. is slated for demolition on December 19. It's something that's been in the works for at least a decade.

Alex Smith / KCUR

The news is filled with stories about the success and struggles of the Kansas City, Missouri School District, but the metro area contains dozens of districts, each with its own story to tell.

Alex Smith / KCUR

The Kansas City, Missouri school district gets all the press, but school districts all over the metro area deal with big challenges. This year has been one of the toughest ever for Missouri’s very first school district, Hickman Mills.

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