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  • Pre-K: Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders
    Posted November 14, 2018

    For the past seven years, I’ve been honored to lead this city during a time when we’ve tackled difficult problems together and faced our challenges head on. We have learned that if we want to be the city we can … Read More »

  • Pre-K: It’s time to refocus the conversation
    Posted August 17, 2018

    Over the past several months, I’ve been joined by a coalition of dedicated community organizations, leaders and educators in an unprecedented effort to ensure every 4-year-old living in Kansas City has access to high-quality pre-K instruction. We’ve met with well … Read More »

  • KC Race & Equity Initiative: Starting the Conversation
    Posted July 26, 2018

    Kansas City is stronger and more vibrant than ever. Together, we’ve revitalized a stagnant downtown with the Power & Light District, Sprint Center, the Streetcar, the Kauffman Center, and so much more. We’re the smartest city in the world with … Read More »

  • A Letter from Mayor Sly James to Students for the National School Walkout Day
    Posted April 19, 2018

    To: The Students of Kansas City From: Mayor Sly James RE: April 20, 2018 National School Walkout Day Dear Student Leaders: Let me first tell you how proud I am of you for persisting in this effort to make your … Read More »

  • A Letter from Mayor Sly James to Students
    Posted February 20, 2018

    Originally published in The Kansas City Star. Dear Students, I’ve been listening and watching the news for several days since the violence in Parkland, Florida and wondering how did we, once again, allow more of you to be mowed down by … Read More »

  • Mayor James’ Remarks Regarding the Airport MOU Vote
    Posted February 8, 2018

    Today, I’m proud to announce that the City Council adopted the MOU between the City and Edgemoor for a new single terminal airport, 8-5. Before asking the clerk to take roll for the vote, I addressed council: “I came into office … Read More »

  • 25 Years After the Family & Medical Leave Act: Why Every Workplace Should Offer Paid Parental Leave
    Posted February 7, 2018

    When Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 1993, it was the first in a series of actions that recognized the changing face of America’s labor force. The legislation mandated that employers provide their employees up to … Read More »

  • It takes a community
    Posted January 10, 2018

    Co-authored by Mayor Sly James and KCPD Chief Rick Smith If you’re like both of us, you look at Kansas City’s crime statistics and wince. Maybe you get angry. Maybe you want someone or something to blame. We get it. … Read More »

  • Third-grade Reading Proficiency: There’s work to do
    Posted January 4, 2018

    If you’ve ever seen the look on a child’s face when they learn how to read a word, then you know there is simply nothing else like it. Reading is the basis for developing critical thinking skills and lifelong learning … Read More »

  • In Good Faith
    Posted December 19, 2017

    For six-and-a-half years, we’ve enjoyed unprecedented levels of progress and momentum in Kansas City. I believe that is, in no small part, the result of confronting complex problems with thoughtful analysis, precise data, and a careful deliberative process. Unfortunately, the … Read More »