Exam: October 31, 2011

Oct 31, 2011

This week: Columbia Public Schools is exploring the options for it new school boundaries. Three Columbia high school students win an award meant to honor the best young writers in the country.  And Columbia and the University of Missouri continue to expand their relationship with China.

For the past five months, the redistricting committee for Columbia Public Schools has been mapping out scenario after scenario of attendance areas in anticipation of the move to three high schools in 2013. Now, the committee has narrowed it down to three options. KBIA’s Camille Phillips went to the school district’s news conference and has the details.

Three Columbia high school students are among just about 500 hundred young writers in the country to win this year’s National Council of Teachers of English Achievement award. Two of them are students at Hickman High school… where the writing program relies on exposing students to literature and having them attempt to emulate it. English students there also ‘team teach’ with history teachers, with the goal of reinforcing the importance of good writing. As KBIA’s Chris McDaniel reports, the results of those techniques shine through in these students’ contest submissions.

A group of Chinese officials were in Columbia this week as part of a cultural exchange.  The Chinese city of Laoshan is Columbia’s sister city. KBIA’s Amrita Jayakumar has more.