Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addressed public school educators in Jefferson City Wednesday afternoon. He said Missouri’s AAA credit rating and recovering economy provide a unique opportunity for investment in Missouri students.
Nixon said if students are not prepared, Missouri’s economy will not survive. He said the challenge is making sure every Missouri student leaves the classroom ready to succeed, and that requires strategic investment from the state.
As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.
Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.
At the Columbia Board of Education meeting tonight, Superintendent Chris Belcher is expected to propose a new plan for school start times.
Instead of high school students starting first at 7:20am, like in previous proposals, Belcher is recommending they begin at 9:00am after the elementary and middle schools. He says research supports his proposal.
Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.
When Columbia parents need to go to work during a snow storm, their child care options are slim. Columbia Public Schools has created a snow-day child care program which will operate on snow days when the city’s main roads are snow-free.