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The Range | Feb. 28, 2020

In the Wichita public school district, roughly 80 percent of the teaching staff is white, the majority are women, and they’re standing in front of classrooms that are prominently students of color. That's why artist and educator Janice Thacker founded the Black Educators Hall of Fame in Wichita — to celebrate black teachers, and get more of them into classrooms. This week on The Range, we meet the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, and some of the students they had an impact on.

Also, following the news that McClatchy — parent company of the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle — filed for bankruptcy, we talk to an expert on news deserts (who also happens to be a former Eagle editor) about what McClatchy's troubles could mean for local media.

Plus, there's a changing of the guard at Fidelity Bank, business jets see a boost, and sparks fly between Wichita State and a California-based company.

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