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8:13 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Springfield camps get kids ready for Kindergarten

Kindergartners-to-be Abigail Cluttor and Kylie Boone enjoy Kindergarten Camp, in Springfield.
Credit Michele Skalicky / KSMU

This week at nine Springfield elementary schools, kids are making friends, learning social skills and getting ready to start their formal education.  They’re attending Kindergarten Camp, hosted by the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

The camp started Monday and goes through Friday at Bingham, Bissett, Boyd, Bowerman, Robberson, Watkins, Weaver, Westport and York Elementary Schools. 

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Education
8:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri scholarship 'A-plus' program opening up to immigrant students

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The Missouri Department of Higher Education is opening up a community college scholarship program to young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

That means students who qualify for the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will be able to trade tutoring hours for two years of tuition reimbursement through the A+ Scholarship Program. 

The deferred action program is tied to an Obama administration initiative that started in 2012. 

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Education
5:05 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

MU sets single-year fundraising record

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Today University of Missouri Advancement officials announced that MU has set a single-year record for fundraising.

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Education
4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates

University of Missouri System Seal

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 4:29 pm

The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.

The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff.  

The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects. 

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

All parts of MU will shoulder a sliver of $3.8 million state withholding

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The University of Missouri is making cuts across the board to make up for money it expected it to receive from the state government, but will not. In an email to university staff Thursday, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said MU must make up for an additional $3.8 million that is not coming to the University due to Governor Jay Nixon's recent general revenue withholdings.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Summer classes become more interesting for middle school students

Students from Gentry Middle School learn about City Hall from City Manager Mark Matthes
Credit Maureen Lewis-Stump / KBIA

The summer session for Smithton, West, Oakland, Lange and Gentry middle schools began almost three weeks ago and with that beginning, came a huge project for the students to work on.

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Education
8:05 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Westminster partners with Arizona online grad school

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Westminster College in Fulton can now offer its alumni and faculty advanced degree programs. The college announced a new partnership with Arizona-based online graduate school Northcentral University this week. The partnership is expected to provide a "preferred tuition rate" for Westminster students, faculty, and staff for the programs Northcentral offers.

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Education
4:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri University S&T facing Title IX inquiries

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla is among a dozen campuses added to the growing list of schools being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sex abuse complaints.

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Education
5:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Moberly Area Community College appoints new Board of Trustees member

Moberly Area Community College
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The Moberly Area Community College Board of Trustees is back to six members following the appointment of its newest member during its meeting Monday.

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Education
8:28 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Linn State becomes 'State Technical College of Missouri' today

Linn State Technical College is getting a new name to reflect the mission it has had for years.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Nicastro Explains Normandy Decisions; Ferguson-Florissant Drops Normandy Transfers

Missouri's education commissioner is hoping that the change from the Normandy School District to the Normandy Schools Collective brings success.
Stephanie Zimmerman

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:06 pm

Updated at 9:24 a.m. Monday with more district decisions about Normandy transfers.

As the Normandy school district is about to give way to the Normandy Schools Collaborative, Missouri’s education commissioner is addressing criticism about how the transition has been handled.

Chris Nicastro’s response: The decisions that have been made represent the best available from a list of bad options.

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Intersection
12:49 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Contributing to the Mayibuye Archives in South Africa

Devil’s Peak, right, is one of the mountains that form a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town, South Africa’s second-most populous city. Originally settled by the Dutch as a naval ship supply station, Cape Town today has a population of roughly 3.7 million and
Randy Smith and Team of Students

KBIA's Intersection, June 30, 2014.

 

It’s been 20 years since the fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. For the last year now, students and faculty here at the University of Missouri have been assisting the University of Western Cape in preserving an archive of thousands of photographs, films, artifacts, oral histories and other historical documents related to the struggle for freedom during apartheid. 

 

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Education
8:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

RSVP Center funding to shift to MU Student Life

Administrative oversight of MU's Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center will officially switch from the Missouri Students Association to Student Life next week.

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Education
6:22 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Providence Point property soon to become space for UM System events

The Providence Point hilltop mansion in central Columbia will no longer be reserved as the University of Missouri System President's residence. The system will soon be renting the property out to university businesses and organizations.

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Education
7:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Nixon Vetoes School Transfer Bill, Citing Public Money For Private Schools And Other Concerns

Gov. Jay Nixon

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:16 am

As promised, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Tuesday the wide-ranging school transfer bill passed by lawmakers this year, saying it violates basic principles of public education and does nothing to help students trapped in unaccredited schools.

At the offices of Education Plus in west St. Louis County, the governor listed three main reasons for his action.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon vows to veto school transfer legislation

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Gov. Jay Nixon came to St. Louis County Tuesday to make official his vow to veto school transfer legislation that allowed the use of public money to pay for certain students to attend private schools.

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Education
5:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MU planning teacher and learning center

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  University of Missouri teachers could be getting some extra training in the next few years.

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Education
8:32 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Normandy parents anxiously await outcomes, seek options

'We're praying': The Chaney family
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Anxiety crept through SheRon Chaney when she heard that the Francis Howell School District would no longer accept about 350 transfer students from Normandy who were signed up to continue in the program. 

“Last year we were hopeful, this year we’re fearful,” she said. 

Chaney transferred her middle school aged daughter BrenNae to Maplewood Richmond Heights last year.  And even though Francis Howell’s decision --  made during a closed session of its school board -- doesn’t affect her directly, it has Chaney and hundreds of other parents holding their breath.

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Education
8:21 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Missouri NEA president calls for teacher involvement in common core and tenure decisions

Springfield Library Center
Credit Jose Kevo

Educators across Missouri have been debating the issues of common core state standards and teacher tenure. Missouri National Education Association President, Charles E. Smith, said whatever route Missouri goes, teachers should be involved in the decision.

The bill that could replace national common core standards with a new set of standards developed by Missouri state educators is still sitting on Governor Nixon's desk.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri June 20, 2014

DESE recommends new transfer policies for unaccredited districts

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Missouri education officials have released new guidance for student transfer policies.

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Education
8:41 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Higher ed performance based funding becomes Mo. law

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Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that enacts performance-based funding for Missouri's public universities and community colleges.

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Education
8:26 am
Fri June 20, 2014

UM Curators approve budget and discrimination policy change; consider atheltics projects, Title IX

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At its meeting Thursday the University of Missouri Board of Curators approved the 2015 fiscal year budget, which is nearly $3 billion dollars in total revenue for the four campus system.

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Education
8:16 am
Thu June 19, 2014

MU adds dorms to standard inspection rotation

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In an effort to continue its standardization of inspection patterns, the University of Missouri has added residence halls to its regular facility inspection process. The fatal walkway collapse that caused the death of a Columbia, Missouri firefighter at University Village Apartments in February called attention to the safety of MU campus facilities.

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Education
4:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lawsuit claims ballot initiative to limit tenure protection is unconstitiutional

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A new lawsuit seeks to block the public from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit tenure protections for public school teachers.

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Education
7:42 am
Tue June 17, 2014

State board of education limits Normandy transfers

Normandy High School
Credit Google Maps

More than 130 students whose families moved into the Normandy school district last summer to be able take advantage of the school transfer program will be shut out of the program this coming school year under a policy adopted by the state board of education Monday.

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Education
7:59 am
Mon June 16, 2014

MU women head to Nicaragua to help build community school

Students stand outside of the current school in Elena Maria, Nicaragua. Twelve women from the Circle of Sisterhood chapter at the University of Missouri visited the village from June 7 to June 14, 2014 to build a new schoolhouse.
Credit MU Circle of Sisterhood

The Senior Coordinator of MU Greek Life, Julie Drury, describes the Circle of Sisterhood foundation as a way to bring all women together for a common purpose.

“The focus is on awareness…trying to show the women on campus how their experience is not the norm compared to women around the world,” Drury said.

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Food
4:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

School Lunch Debate: What's At Stake?

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School lunches have never been known for culinary excellence. But to be fair, the National School Lunch Program — which provides free or reduced lunches to about 31 million kids every day — has never aimed to dazzle as much as to fill little bellies.

In 2010, Congress gave the Federal School Lunch Program a nutrition make-over. New regulations called for:

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Education
3:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Carter Ward announces retirement from Missouri School Boards’ Association

Dr. Carter Ward
Credit KOMU

Dr. Carter D. Ward announced his retirement as Executive Director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) after working with the organization for more than 40 years.

At 68 years old, Ward said his decision was based primarily on age. He doesn’t have immediate plans to reengage in the work force but plans to spend time with his family.

“It’s always been very meaningful, engaging work and it’s been real fortunate for me to have had the opportunity to be engaged in this work for a career,” he said.

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Education
3:45 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Dual immersion language program could be coming to Columbia

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Columbia educators are considering plans for a dual-immersion language program.

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Intersection
8:46 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Classical music and education in the summertime

Classical Music Education discussion, with host Ryan Famuliner and guests Kirk Trevor, James Melton, and Greg Hausman

Some believe that learning and listening to music, particularly classical music, at a young age is tied to success in the future. 

In Columbia, there are many efforts to get children interested in classical music: multiple avenues for music education, and even classical music performances in town targeted at kids.

Today on Intersection, we’ll talk about how young people in Mid-Missouri are exposed to these influences, and about some of the challenges in reaching them.

Guests:

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