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Education
8:31 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Missouri Gives Educators Two Years To Make Common Core Decision

Missouri schools have been using the Common Core standards for four years but may have to adjust to new expectations if the state exits the initiative.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 2:08 pm

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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Education
11:41 am
Thu February 6, 2014

DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools

Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014.

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 10:01 pm

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

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Politics
8:26 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Lawmakers Set To Weigh Changes In School Transfer Law

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 1:24 pm

As planning begins for school transfers in the St. Louis area in the academic year that starts in August, and Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the new legislative session, one issue will loom large for both groups:

What changes, if any, will come to the transfer law that has dominated so many headlines, discussions and school board meetings in recent months?

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Education
8:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Legislators, DESE consider costs of common core standards testing

Credit Hakan Dahlstrom / Flickr

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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