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Why Do We Work?

Sep 12, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

Literacy KC & The Writers Place Team Up To Help Adult Students Learn To Read

Sep 5, 2012

Approximately 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area function at the lowest literacy level. On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at how illiteracy is closely linked to poverty, unemployment and health issues, and an area class working to bridge that gap.

Then, in the second half of our show, a quick legal bootcamp for musicians. From copyrights to royalties, our guest Donald Simon has advice for all the legalese that can put a jam in your jamming.

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What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western Court ruled Tuesday against the Kansas City, Missouri School District, now known as the KCPS.

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Missouri's  annual report for school districts came out last week and for the first time in a long time the news for Kansas City wasn't all bad.  In fact, there's been some improvement.

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What do companies like Yahoo, eBay, Intel and Google have in common? They were all founded in part by foreign investors.

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

Ruling But No Resolution On KC School Transfers

Aug 17, 2012

Jackson County judge W. Brent Powell ruled on the lawsuit filed by five school districts against the Kansas City district yesterday. 

Who needs textbooks any more? And given how much they cost, even if you do need them, it's a huge expense in university education.

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In Kansas, 54 school districts are currently suing the state for cutting their funding. The state has budgeted $3,800 per student for the coming school year. 

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There’s been changing of the guard at Kansas City's African-centered schools.  

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Testimony in the Kansas school finance trial will draw to a close today as lawyers in the case call their final witnesses.

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The University of Missouri in Columbia is set for a $102 million upgrade to its football stadium and other athletic facilities. 

Kansas Senate Leader Testifies In School Finance Case

Jun 26, 2012
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The trial in the ongoing school finance lawsuit is continuing this week, with a leading member of the Kansas Senate testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Some Kansas School Districts On The Brink

Jun 20, 2012
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A top official at the Kansas State Department of Education says recent budget cuts have pushed some school districts to the brink of insolvency.

Kansas School Finance Trial Continues

Jun 19, 2012
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The trial resumes today in the school finance lawsuit where 54 school districts are claiming the state of Kansas is under-funding public education.

Concern About Evolution As Kansas Helps Set National Science Standards

Jun 13, 2012
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Kansas education officials are working with 25 other states to develop new science standards that could serve as a model for the rest of the country. 

Witness Says Kansas Schools Underfunded

Jun 12, 2012
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An expert witness in the ongoing school finance trial says Kansas is under-funding public schools by thousands of dollars per pupil each year. 

Pencils, Papers, Shoes: What Factors Into The Kansas School Finance Formula?

Jun 7, 2012
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Judges in the Kansas school finance lawsuit are being asked to decide how much responsibility the state has in making sure all children have the same chance at a quality education.

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The Kansas City Port Authority has snapped up six buildings at Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park and is leasing a portion to Metropolitan Community College.

Next Monday, President Barack Obama will visit Joplin, Mo, almost one year to the day after a devastating tornado ripped through the center of the city, destroying countless homes and the lives of more than 160 people.

UMKC is considering a name change to what it was back in the day. The university was founded in 1929 with the name The University of Kansas City. 

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May 7, 2012
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Coming from a long line of what he calls “prairie people”artist David Ford is the quintessence of politically incorrect and this is exemplified through his works. On this Tuesday's Central Standard, we learn about his journey to West Africa for National VooDoo Day.

Judge Rules Mo. School Transfer Law Unconstitutional

May 1, 2012

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.

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After years of short-term superintendents, attempted re-inventions and restarts, failing state test scores, and the loss of accreditation, opinions are flying every which way on what to do with the KCMO School District.

Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh-grade English teacher in Burbank, Calif., was just honored at the White House by being named National Teacher of the Year.

In expressing her thanks, Mieliwocki offered this thought: "I am not the best teacher in America. There isn't just one."

And she went on to talk about the hard work and dedication displayed by most American teachers.

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The Traveling Trunk Of African American & Latino Inventors

Apr 18, 2012
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If you're a young black or latino student plotting your future, do you look up to athletes or entrepreneurs? Entertainers or innovators?

Multicultural Education

Apr 17, 2012

There’s a lot asked of our teachers today - and here’s another thing to add to that list - the ability to recognize and teach to a student’s cultural background.

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Just after winning re-election by a couple hundred write-in votes, Kansas City Missouri's school board president Airick Leonard West and three newly elected board members immediately got down to business at their first meeting last night.  The agenda included a plan to overhaul the structure of the board itself.

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