This year, legislators in both Missouri and Kansas will spend a lot of time dealing with education. Funding, transfer policies and classroom curriculum are all on the agenda, but there is another serious issue which educators say is no less important: chronic mobility. Each school year, thousands of metro students change schools multiple times, causing havoc for the public education system. Sam Zeff talks to Mayor Sly James about a new approach to providing assistance to families dealing with this problem.
Ready to go spelunking? As part of a grant from the Missouri Department of Education, KCPT accompanied faculty members from the Blue Springs, Hickman Mills and Center School Districts to the Ozark Underground Laboratory in southern Missouri. For two days, they experienced first-hand some aspects of science they could bring back to their classrooms.
How does an Episcopalian from Kansas City become the new face of Yiddish Vaudeville? Randy Mason talks to Shane Bertram Baker to find out and to get an in-studio demonstration. Baker will be performing The Big Bupkis! A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville at the Jewish Community Center on March 8-9. The show is described as “an irreverent yet loving review of Yiddish Vaudeville.” The show includes cheap jokes, magic tricks, ukulele music, hypnotism, a Yiddish bullfight poem and a live, onstage beheading.
Education Reporter Lindsey Foat’s been to Westport to see what’s inside the Harris-Kearney House for her Curator’s Choice series. Hint—it’s some of the things once owned by the “Father of Westport,” John McCoy. The Harris-Kearney House at 40th and Baltimore has been closed this winter for renovations, but will reopen on March 5th.