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Education
6:47 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Exam: UM reveals results of Sasha Menu Courey investigation, Menu Courey's parents react

Head of the investigation Edward Dowd speaks at the press conference on April 11, 2014, to present new findings and answer questions about the process.
Credit Rickelle Pimentel / KBIA

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators held a press conference Friday aftern­oon to discuss a report investigating MU's handling of the Sasha Menu Courey case. 

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Education
8:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:36 pm

Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

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Education
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Exam: CPS requests $50 million bond, Benton Elementary's STEM approach attracts families

Municipal elections are Tuesday, and there are a few education issues on the ballot. Paul Cushing, Jonathan Sessions, Joseph Toepke and Helen Wade are the four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia school board. Voters in Hallsville and Sturgeon face similar races for their school boards, and in Ashland, eight candidates are running for three vacant school board seats. The Harrisburg school district is asking for a $2 million bond issue for security and technology improvements.

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Education
4:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Exam: MAC Scholars commemorate Mandelas, Joplin superintendent discusses tornado recovery

The new Joplin High School
Credit ICSC

The Minority Achievement Committee, or MAC Scholars, is a national program that supports academic achievement and community involvement for minority students. The nine programs in the Columbia Public School District encourage students to look to positive role models, whether they're in the community or another continent. KBIA’s Hope Kirwan caught up with the scholars at Lange Middle School at their recent tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former South African President and activist.

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Education
4:25 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Exam: Students learn business strategies from cookies, sharks

Maddie Renner, 11, reaches into the cash box at a Girl Scout Cookie booth sale Feb. 22 in front of the Walmart on Conley Road in Columbia.
Credit Margaux Henquinet / KBIA

We often think of the business world as a world that belongs to adults—adults in suits moving money with the shake of a hand and the dash of a signature on a contract. But this week, we're taking a look at some unexpected ways kids are becoming entrepreneurs.

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Education
8:24 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Exam: JCPS uses student-led conferences, CPS superintendent finalists discuss at-risk students

Credit Håkan Dahlström / Flickr

First, KBIA's Hope Kirwan takes us to a classroom in Jefferson City for a new kind of parent-teacher conference—these are led by the students. The classic parent-teacher conference is a good way to evaluate a student’s progress, but 4th graders at Jefferson City’s South Elementary get to take the lead and tell their parents what they've learned.

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Education
4:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Exam: Students exposed to documentary film through True/False, new MU documentary program

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Documentary film has been very prominent in Columbia in the past few weeks. The 11th True/False Film Festival ended Sunday, and a new documentary film program was recently added to the Missouri School of Journalism. This edition focuses on documentary film and its presence in education and students’ lives.

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Education
4:34 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Exam: Davis talks diversity training, Loftin completes first two weeks as chancellor

R. Bowen Loftin
Credit George Varney / KBIA

Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month. He came out to his teammates last August—that season, he also became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Now, Sam could be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Education
4:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jefferson City eighth graders prepare for “academies” next fall

Credit Camille Phillips / KBIA

High school is right around the corner for eighth graders, and for those in Jefferson City, a new academy system will be waiting for them. The district’s eighth graders are in the process of selecting and applying for academies for next school year.

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Education
7:34 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm

JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Education
8:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

State needs to step up digital learning, new Chamber report says

EEG's John Watson, Mo. Chamber Pres. (left) and CEO Dan Mehan (center), & Mo. Chamber Education VP Brian Crouse (right).
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

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Education
8:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

KC Schools Need Drastic Reform, Report Says; Changes Could Apply Statewide

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Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 3:30 pm

Updated at 1:34 p.m., Mon., Jan. 13 with news of  unexpectedly large turnout at Jefferson City meeting.

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Education
8:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Legislators, DESE consider costs of common core standards testing

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A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts.  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Education
8:21 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Missouri's high school equivalency exam gets a reboot

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The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.

Starting in January the GED exam, which has been used in the state since the 1940s, will be replaced.  It’s a move driven by digital change and an age old consideration -- cost.

Keyboards replace pencils

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Weather
8:13 am
Mon November 25, 2013

MU installs 250 beacons to enhance campus alert system

Credit File Photo / KBIA

The University of Missouri has installed a new beacon alert system on the Columbia campus to help students, faculty, and visitors know when there is an emergency. For instance, in the case of a weather emergency, violent individual threat, or fire, the siren and light on each beacon will be activated.

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