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9:53 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 11:13 am

With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.

But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.

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Education
8:04 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:43 pm

(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)

Even though the University City School Board has voted to change course and accept students who are qualified to transfer from Normandy, uncertainty surrounding the transfers remains.

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Missouri A+ scholarship program to be expanded

Missouri education officials plan to expand a scholarship program to some high school students who came to the US illegally before their 16th birthday.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education says those students will be eligible to participate in the A+ program, which gives qualifying students to receive two free years of tuition at a Missouri community college.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the program will be opened to students who have applied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" status.

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Education
4:32 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New dean appointed to the University of Missouri School of Medicine

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The MU School of Medicine announced Tuesday Dr. Patrice Delafontaine will take on the position of dean.

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Education
5:41 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

MU gets grant to save some of its moldy books

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The University of Missouri has received a $400,000 grant to help restore about 600,000 books damaged by mold.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on Wednesday. Libraries staff discovered the mold problem in October at an underground storage site in Columbia. Health officials said the mold did not endanger public health.

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Education
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
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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
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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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