chris nicastro http://kbia.org en Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers http://kbia.org/post/nicastro-explains-normandy-decisions-ferguson-florissant-drops-normandy-transfers <strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated at 9:24 a.m. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:15:53 +0000 Dale Singer 55440 at http://kbia.org Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers Mo. agency to oversee school district's finances http://kbia.org/post/mo-agency-oversee-school-districts-finances <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Missouri State Board of Education has voted to impose financial oversight on a St. Louis County school district facing bankruptcy.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:01:51 +0000 Associated Press 48391 at http://kbia.org Mo. agency to oversee school district's finances Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation http://kbia.org/post/chappelle-nadal-calls-nicastros-resignation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kwmu/audio/2014/01/Chappelle-Nadal-011414-FullAudio_(2).mp3" class="asset-audio">Reading of remonstrance on Senate floor, and statement from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris </span>Nicastro.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A remonstrance is a formal statement of protest but one with no force of authority or punitive actions. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:40:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46668 at http://kbia.org Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation Lawmakers call for Nicastro investigation http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-call-nicastro-investigation <p>A group of eight Missouri lawmakers are calling upon Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.</p><p>The lawmakers made the request Wednesday following a The Kansas City Star report. The report disclosed emails that raised questions about the selection of CEE-Trust as a consultant. The Indianapolis-based firm's bid for developing an improvement plan for the Kansas City district and other struggling schools was nearly three times higher than the closest competitor.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:11:25 +0000 Associated Press 45141 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers call for Nicastro investigation Mo. Gov.: Good time to monitor ed. chief concerns http://kbia.org/post/mo-gov-good-time-monitor-ed-chief-concerns <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it is a good time for the state Board of Education to "monitor and evaluate" concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:45:08 +0000 Associated Press 45036 at http://kbia.org Mo. Gov.: Good time to monitor ed. chief concerns Mo. education commissioner helped group with ballot intiative http://kbia.org/post/mo-education-commissioner-helped-group-ballot-intiative <p>Public records have shown that Missouri's education commissioner provided advice to a group backing a ballot initiative that would end tenure protections for teachers.</p><p>Emails show that Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro met with an advocate for the proposed initiative a year ago and provided suggestions about its wording. Nicastro also reviewed a final version of the initiative before it was filed this March with the secretary of state's office.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:32:56 +0000 Associated Press 44099 at http://kbia.org Mo. education commissioner helped group with ballot intiative Mo. school districts rolling out new standards http://kbia.org/post/mo-school-districts-rolling-out-new-standards <p></p><p>A new survey shows&nbsp;Missouri&nbsp;school districts are beginning to put into action a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math.</p><p>The new Common Core standards have been fully adopted by all but four states nationwide. They replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:19:12 +0000 Associated Press 43494 at http://kbia.org Mo. school districts rolling out new standards US report card: Missouri's scores hold steady http://kbia.org/post/us-report-card-missouris-scores-hold-steady <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.</span></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:03:37 +0000 Associated Press 43441 at http://kbia.org US report card: Missouri's scores hold steady Mo. State Education Board Expands Oversight Of Failing Schools; Talks MAP Scores http://kbia.org/post/mo-state-education-board-expands-oversight-failing-schools-talks-map-scores The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/">Missouri State Board of Education</a> voted Tuesday to increase oversight of the state's unaccredited school districts.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vote came a week before a new state law takes effect that will allow Missouri to move more quickly towards taking over unaccredited school districts. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:04:16 +0000 Marshall Griffin 39247 at http://kbia.org Mo. State Education Board Expands Oversight Of Failing Schools; Talks MAP Scores More Mo. students receive career, tech education http://kbia.org/post/more-mo-students-receive-career-tech-education <p>More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.</p><p>Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:19:14 +0000 Associated Press 28890 at http://kbia.org More Mo. students receive career, tech education Mo. public schools improve, but still rank low http://kbia.org/post/mo-public-schools-improve-still-rank-low <p></p><p>Missouri's public schools are 41st in the country in <a href="http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/01/10/16sos.h32.html?tkn=RLRF%2B4mUV1fjxGZAPk7Od%2FfW1p2K2SFHTAx9&amp;cmp=clp-edweek&amp;intc=EW-QC13-EWH"><em>Education Week</em></a>'s annual rankings.</p><p>The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:39:55 +0000 Associated Press 27110 at http://kbia.org Mo. public schools improve, but still rank low St. Louis schools re-accredited http://kbia.org/post/st-louis-schools-re-accredited <div style="margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><p><font size="2" face="Calibri,sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif">St. Louis schools are no longer unaccredited, following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Education. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:18:12 +0000 Marshall Griffin 22918 at http://kbia.org St. Louis schools re-accredited