education http://kbia.org en Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits http://kbia.org/post/moberly-college-approves-domestic-partner-benefits <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:01:05 +0000 Associated Press 50749 at http://kbia.org Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan http://kbia.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-600-million-bonding-plan <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:23:10 +0000 Associated Press 50745 at http://kbia.org Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan Lawmakers consider new education funding formula http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-consider-new-education-funding-formula <p>State lawmakers return from their spring break today, and the Missouri House is preparing to consider a proposed state budget that partly ties education funding to the strength of the economy.</p><p>House Majority Leader John Diehl says debate will begin this week on the budget for the next fiscal year. The plan endorsed by the House Budget Committee would add $122 million to the state's $3 billion in basic school funding. But if state revenues meet more optimistic projections, then it would provide a $278 million increase for schools.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:07:21 +0000 Associated Press 50115 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers consider new education funding formula Missouri School for the Deaf gets first deaf leader http://kbia.org/post/missouri-school-deaf-gets-first-deaf-leader <p>The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton will have its first deaf superintendent as of July 1 this year.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:21 +0000 Rikki-Lee Burley 49333 at http://kbia.org Missouri School for the Deaf gets first deaf leader Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-endorse-bill-fix-funding-gaps-education <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:48:33 +0000 Associated Press 49058 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-selects-four-candidates-superintendent-position <p><span style="color: #333333">Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Colin Hope 48922 at http://kbia.org Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position Senate approves student transfer bill http://kbia.org/post/senate-approves-student-transfer-bill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri senators have approved legislation that would control student transfers from the state's most troubled school districts.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:55:14 +0000 Associated Press 48868 at http://kbia.org Senate approves student transfer bill PM Newscast for February 24, 2014 http://kbia.org/post/pm-newscast-february-24-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Regional news coverage from the </span>KBIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Newsroom, including:&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:44:35 +0000 Maureen Lewis-Stump 48673 at http://kbia.org Higher education will be needed to boost Missouri's future workforce http://kbia.org/post/higher-education-will-be-needed-boost-missouris-future-workforce <p>The chairman of the Missouri House Higher Education committee spoke to students and staff at Westminster College today about the future of higher education.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:59:17 +0000 Kyle Norris 48670 at http://kbia.org Higher education will be needed to boost Missouri's future workforce Explosives Ph.D. program to be nation's first http://kbia.org/post/explosives-phd-program-be-nations-first <p>Missouri S&amp;T will begin planning their doctorate program in explosive engineering. The university is the first to have a program in the field after gaining approval from the Missouri Board of Higher Education this week.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:52:00 +0000 Luke Slabaugh 48147 at http://kbia.org Explosives Ph.D. program to be nation's first Mo. Lottery makes 3rd largest education transfer http://kbia.org/post/mo-lottery-makes-3rd-largest-education-transfer <div>The Missouri Lottery has provided a larger-than-usual payment to public education because of stronger-than-usual sales.</div><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:26:57 +0000 Associated Press 46500 at http://kbia.org Mo. Lottery makes 3rd largest education transfer Missouri's high school equivalency exam gets a reboot http://kbia.org/post/missouris-high-school-equivalency-exam-gets-reboot <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:21:54 +0000 Tim Lloyd 45701 at http://kbia.org Missouri's high school equivalency exam gets a reboot Mo. unemployment rate falls; 15,000 jobs added http://kbia.org/post/mo-unemployment-rate-falls-15000-jobs-added <p>Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.</p><p>The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:45:09 +0000 Associated Press 45448 at http://kbia.org Mo. unemployment rate falls; 15,000 jobs added Legislature to consider school transfer bill http://kbia.org/post/legislature-consider-school-transfer-bill <p>A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.</p><p>If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:14:15 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45142 at http://kbia.org Legislature to consider school transfer bill Gov. Nixon announces education funding proposal http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-announces-education-funding-proposal <p>Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri's universities to freeze undergraduate tuition next year while also proposing more state funding.</p><p>The governor says the budget he recommends next year will include an additional $36.7 million for public universities. The 5 percent funding increase would be distributed using a performance-based funding system.</p><p>Nixon announced the proposal Wednesday at Missouri State University in Springfield.</p><p>The governor called for a tuition freeze at four-year schools for Missouri undergraduates in the 2014-2015 academic year.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:37:30 +0000 Associated Press 45134 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon announces education funding proposal Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas http://kbia.org/post/garden-city-tending-cultural-crossroads-kansas <p><em><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 2</strong>: Immigrant communities have sprung up around the meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., and while change hasn't been easy, city leaders have built a strong grassroots network supporting and embracing the town’s cultural evolution and its youngest citizens.</em></p><p>GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:13:59 +0000 Peggy Lowe 42867 at http://kbia.org Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children http://kbia.org/post/noel-mo-schools-build-safety-net-immigrant-children <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: </strong>Attracted to stable jobs in the </span>meatpacking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.</span></em></p><p>It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 42822 at http://kbia.org Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children Columbia Public Schools to seek $50 million bond issue http://kbia.org/post/columbia-public-schools-seek-50-million-bond-issue <p>Leaders of the Columbia public school district plan to seek another $50 million bond issue in April, followed by new $40 million bond proposals every two years until 2020.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune <a href="http://bit.ly/GLgrLc">reports</a>&nbsp;the $50 million bond issue on the April ballot will require a 4-cent tax increase. The subsequent $40 million bonds in 2016, 2018 and 2020 would require no tax increase.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:43:41 +0000 Associated Press 41855 at http://kbia.org Columbia Public Schools to seek $50 million bond issue Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds http://kbia.org/post/nixon-releases-just-over-half-withheld-budget-funds <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: normal;">Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget.&nbsp; 215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri.&nbsp; Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.</span></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:59:08 +0000 Marshall Griffin 40442 at http://kbia.org Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds Gov. Nixon visits Fairview Elementary http://kbia.org/post/gov-nixon-visits-fairview-elementary <p>Governor Jay Nixon visited Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Wednesday morning. Nixon went back to the school where his mother used to teach.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nixon was at Fairview Elementary to applaud the academic success of the students.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:27:50 +0000 Tony Nochim 40366 at http://kbia.org Gov. Nixon visits Fairview Elementary Mo. legislative committee to review teacher tenure http://kbia.org/post/mo-legislative-committee-review-teacher-tenure <p>Missouri lawmakers plan to focus on teacher tenure this week. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:33:44 +0000 Associated Press 40178 at http://kbia.org Mo. legislative committee to review teacher tenure Joplin School District reports high graduation rate http://kbia.org/post/joplin-school-district-reports-high-graduation-rate <p>The Joplin School District says it has had its highest graduation rate in years.</p><p>The Joplin Globe <a href="http://bit.ly/15UWzgP">reports</a>&nbsp;that about 87 percent of Joplin's class of 2013 graduated. The average rate throughout Missouri was about 88 percent.</p><p>Joplin's graduation rate was close to 79 percent in 2011 and 2012, and was down to 54 percent in 1996.</p><p>Superintendent C.J. Huff says the improved rate is the result of "strategic work," as well as support from teachers, principals, staff and others.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:33:29 +0000 Associated Press 38677 at http://kbia.org Joplin School District reports high graduation rate Linn State to get a new name http://kbia.org/post/linn-state-get-new-name <p>Missouri's only state-funded, two-year technical college is getting a new name. Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday that will change the name of Linn State Technical College to the State Technical College of Missouri.</p><p>The name change for the central Missouri school will take effect July 1, 2014. The college offers certificates and associate degrees with an emphasis on industrial and technology programs.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:58:33 +0000 Associated Press 36933 at http://kbia.org Mo. House interim committee to examine education http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-interim-committee-examine-education <div>Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:10:27 +0000 Associated Press 36633 at http://kbia.org Mo. House interim committee to examine education Mo. chapter of NEA to send delegates to national conference http://kbia.org/post/mo-chapter-nea-send-delegates-national-conference <p>Although kids may not be in the classroom, Missouri educators are still working this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year.&nbsp;</p><p>The National Education Association (NEA) is hosting a meeting July 1 through 5 to discuss pressing educational issues. Public school teachers, librarians, coaches and custodians are just some of the members of the Missouri NEA that are working to improve educational issues around Missouri. About 10,000 delegates from around the nation will be present at the NEA Representative Assembly this year.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:25:28 +0000 Genevieve Reaume 35841 at http://kbia.org Mo. Board of Education recommends new assessment program http://kbia.org/post/mo-board-education-recommends-new-assessment-program <p>The Missouri Board of Education is recommending a new assessment tool state wide for early childhood development. The Desired Results Developmental Profile, created by the California Department of Education, is an assessment that will help determine a child’s learning needs before he or she enters kindergarten.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The assessment will not only give teachers an idea of how their student is progressing, but it will also help give the state a better idea of how ready kids in Missouri are for kindergarten.</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:21:10 +0000 Meredith Miller 35840 at http://kbia.org Mo. Board of Education recommends new assessment program Camdenton school under investigation for charges of MAP test cheating http://kbia.org/post/camdenton-school-under-investigation-charges-map-test-cheating <p>Camdenton school district is under investigation over allegations of cheating on their middle school’s MAP Test.</p><p>The investigation began with a call from a concerned parent in the district who believed the testing protocol had been violated.</p><p>Superintendent Tim Hadfield said he is doing everything he can to assist the Department of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the investigation.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:46:35 +0000 Dara Williams 35790 at http://kbia.org Camdenton school under investigation for charges of MAP test cheating University of Missouri System expands employee benefits http://kbia.org/post/university-missouri-system-expands-employee-benefits <p>The University of Missouri System Board of Curators unanimously passed a proposal to extend employee benefits to eligible adult dependents who meet certain criteria. This extension now means that same-sex partners may be eligible for these benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance. John Fougere is the chief spokesperson for the UM system. He said the decision will help the system attract a talented faculty and staff.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:04:48 +0000 Tori Meador 35583 at http://kbia.org University of Missouri System expands employee benefits Community shares memories of Eliot Battle http://kbia.org/post/community-shares-memories-eliot-battle <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: OpenSansRegular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">When anyone asked Eliot Battle how he was doing, he would always answer, "Super."</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: OpenSansRegular, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Battle, a longtime Columbia educator, died Tuesday (June 11) from injuries sustained after a car crass Friday. He was 88.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 13:57:17 +0000 Kellie Moore 35468 at http://kbia.org Community shares memories of Eliot Battle Kids' summer lunch program begins http://kbia.org/post/kids-summer-lunch-program-begins <p>The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.</p><p>This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:21:43 +0000 Haoyang Zhang 35176 at http://kbia.org Kids' summer lunch program begins