KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Sly James is using the last handful of months in office to put on a full-court blitz to pass a funding mechanism to bring free pre-K offerings to Kansas City, but will it succeed at the ballot box?
In this week’s edition of the 41 Files Podcast, anchor Kevin Holmes, anchor/reporter Dia Wall and reporter Steven Dial join anchor Lindsay Shively to talk about the chances of pre-K passing, and for Dia and Steven, they believe the mayor is striking while the iron is hot, adding no organized opposition has formed so far.
Staying on education, Steven talks about a change to Missouri law that will give school districts the option to make up snow days by adding time to the school day instead of adding more days at the end of the school year.
It’s a move done elsewhere, but some are concerned about how it might impact child care for parents and schedules for teachers.
Finally, Kevin details a months-long project called Barbershop Forum.
The project brought together key community stakeholders to have a discussion about crime, race, opportunity and other issues confronting Kansas City.