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KC History: Wornall/Majors House Museums

Oct 25, 2012
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You've driven past those historic houses in Kansas City, and no doubt they've piqued your curiosity.  What's inside?  Who once lived there?  And how do these places figure into our area's history?

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The Kansas Board of Education voted not to include ACT test scores used in three districts in the state's official report card provided to the federal government.

Lee’s Summit Student Website Ruling Reversed

Oct 18, 2012

A Kansas City federal judge has been directed to make another attempt at settling a dispute between the Lee’s Summit School District and two students suspended after a blog caused a furor. A federal appeals panel has rejected a preliminary injunction against the 180 day suspensions of twin brothers.

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Twin brothers suspended earlier this year from Missouri’s Lees Summit North High School for disruptions allegedly caused by a website they created have lost an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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For the past several months, a group of mostly 30-something parents have gathered at a coffee shop in Waldo with plenty of babies and toddlers in tow. 

Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat

Oct 3, 2012

Retiring Kansas moderate Republican State Senator John Vratil has crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mike Delaney in the 11th Kansas Senate District.

Adult Studio Art Classes / ACT, SAT Prep

Sep 26, 2012
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During the first half of Wednesday's Central Standard, a discussion about broadening artistic learning opportunities for adults.

Then later in the hour, since it's that time of year for students... we'll talk about preparing for the ACT and SAT. Hear about a program aiming to level the playing field with college prep services for local low-income and underprivileged students.

Tomorrow's College: How Higher Education Is Changing

Sep 20, 2012

Even with the price of tuition reaching record highs, going to college might be more common than ever. However, less than 10 percent of students actually finish with their bachelor’s degree by age 24.

Why are so many students struggling, or dropping out? Just who is shaping the future of higher education?

During the first half of Thursday’s Central Standard, we learn how today's college is changing. Education reporter Emily Hanford stops by to talk about her radio documentary series Tomorrow’s College.

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Demographers predict that by the year 2050, African-Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanics, and Native Americans will constitute the majority of Americans.

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.

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