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PM Newscast for December 3, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Potential changes in Common Core
  • Downtown Columbia to see parking meter changes
  • Fulton opens new preschool
  • CPS is planning a late start schedule 
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A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children.

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A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Gov. Jay Nixon won't go to a group creating tests for the Common Core education standards.

A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children. 

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Nov 13, 2014

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era.

Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards.

She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process.

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This week, we continue our series called A Teachable Moment, which looks at how issues related to Ferguson are being discussed in area classrooms. Later on in the show, we’ll hear how Missouri’s Common Core rewrite may not produce education standards that are very different from the current standards.


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  Since September, parents, educators and business leaders have been working to try to rewrite the Common Core standards. Missouri first adopted Common Core in 2010 and is one of 45 states using the national standards for grades K-12.

So far, the committees in charge of rewriting Common Core have had meetings full of heated arguments and lots of confusion as they try to prepare a recommendation for the Board of Education by October 2015.

I spoke with Dr. Barbara Reys, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum at MU, about why these committees may not be able to make the best decisions about education in Missouri.

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  Educators and parents chosen to rewrite learning benchmarks for Missouri children are divided on how to move forward.

Work groups tasked with writing new education standards spent their first meeting Monday clashing over the state education department's involvement and how to rework the national goals currently in place.

A law passed in May requires new goals for learning in each grade to replace the standards adopted in the Common Core. Those standards are used to create consistency between states, but opponents say they were adopted without enough local input.

This week, as most metro-area students head back to class, there's a fair amount of uncertainty for Missouri teachers who aren't sure what changes, if any, are coming to the Common Core academic standards they've been using for the past four years.

Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision

May 19, 2014

Legislation awaiting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's signature gives state educators two years to reaffirm their support for the Common Core or dump the education standards in favor of state-specific alternatives.

Lawmakers agreed to the compromise last week after debating the contentious nationally-crafted student expectations for most of the session.

If the bill becomes law, educator work groups will spend the next two years writing new learning goals for math and English language arts.

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Some lawmakers hope to make Missouri the second state to drop new education benchmarks and write its own student performance standards.

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A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

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Missouri's proposed budget includes billions of dollars for schools, millions more for scholarships and $8 for tin foil hats.

The $8 appropriation recommended Wednesday by a House education funding panel is only partly a joke. It's meant to make a point that some lawmakers aren't too pleased by what they consider to be paranoia about new Common Core standards for public schools.

The tin foil amendment was put forth by committee chairman Rep. Mike Lair, a Republican from Chillicothe who is a retired teacher.

Common Core opponents rally at State Capitol

Feb 19, 2014
Sarah Darby / KBIA News

The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and the Concerned Women for America of Missouri rallied against Common Core state school standards at the state capitol Tuesday.

Stacy Shore, a member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and Concerned Women For America of Missouri, said the standards limit local control, raise privacy concerns and cost money the state doesn’t have. The standards seek to make education uniform nationwide.

“We know that Common Core is horribly flawed because we see it in our children and that’s the reason we’re here today,” Shore said.

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Missouri is going to begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school students spend taking state assessments.

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