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
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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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3:28 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Carter Ward announces retirement from Missouri School Boards’ Association

Dr. Carter Ward
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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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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.


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1:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Two-room Lutheran school provides close-knit classroom setting

Zion Lutheran School in Lone Elm, Mo., has been around since 1896.
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When Lauren Wieland graduated from eighth grade this month, there were 3 students in her graduating class.

  She was one of 32 students attending Zion Lutheran School, a two-room schoolhouse in Lone Elm, near Boonville.

When the school opened in 1896, it had only one room. It turns out, there are many one-room schoolhouses that still dot the landscape of rural Missouri today.

In the 1960s, Zion Lutheran got its second classroom. That’s also when the school got bathrooms – until then, it had old-fashioned outhouses.

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5:39 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass Medicaid funding legislation

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Missouri lawmakers have passed a budget that would restore Medicaid benefits cut a decade ago and boost spending on public education.

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5:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Missouri Senate approves capital improvements

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed a construction funding bill that includes projects on college campuses and for the Highway Patrol.

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5:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

University of Missouri discontinues Mizzou Reads program

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After 10 years, the University of Missouri is discontinuing its Mizzou Reads program due to a lack of faculty and staff participation.

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4:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Professor presents gift to Columbia College mock trial program

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A Columbia College professor gave a generous gift to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign today.

Criminal Justice professor Barry Langford gave a gift of $111,000 to the campaign. His contribution will fund the mock trial program which he has been a part of since its beginning in 1997.

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4:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Missouri Senate passes bill to create new student standards

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Missouri senators passed legislation that could pave the way for the state to dump new benchmarks for student achievement known as the Common Core Standards.

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4:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits

Full-time employees of Moberly Area Community College will soon have benefits extended to their domestic partners.
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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

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3:23 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Missouri Senate passes $600 million bonding plan

The bonding plan would finance millions of dollars in bonds for the improvement of state institutions and facilities for health and education.
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A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

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8:07 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Lawmakers consider new education funding formula

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State lawmakers return from their spring break today, and the Missouri House is preparing to consider a proposed state budget that partly ties education funding to the strength of the economy.

House Majority Leader John Diehl says debate will begin this week on the budget for the next fiscal year. The plan endorsed by the House Budget Committee would add $122 million to the state's $3 billion in basic school funding. But if state revenues meet more optimistic projections, then it would provide a $278 million increase for schools.

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3:11 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Missouri School for the Deaf gets first deaf leader

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The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton will have its first deaf superintendent as of July 1 this year.

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2:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lawmakers endorse bill to fix funding gaps in education

The measure aims to correct a lack of funding for education and social services following a shortfall in expected state revenues.
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Missouri lawmakers have given initial approval to a mid-year budget plan that addresses funding shortfalls for schools and social services.

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5:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position

The superintendent of schools position, left vacant by reitiring Superintendent Chris Belcher, has four final candidates under consideration of the Board of Education.
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Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.

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5:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Senate approves student transfer bill

The bill approved by the Missouri Senate would allow for students to transfer schools within their own district, or outside their district with certain conditions.
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Missouri senators have approved legislation that would control student transfers from the state's most troubled school districts.

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4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Higher education will be needed to boost Missouri's future workforce

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The chairman of the Missouri House Higher Education committee spoke to students and staff at Westminster College today about the future of higher education.

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5:52 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Explosives Ph.D. program to be nation's first

The University of Missouri S&T has pioneered what will be the nation's first doctorate program in explosives for engineers.
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Missouri S&T will begin planning their doctorate program in explosive engineering. The university is the first to have a program in the field after gaining approval from the Missouri Board of Higher Education this week.

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5:26 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Mo. Lottery makes 3rd largest education transfer

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The Missouri Lottery has provided a larger-than-usual payment to public education because of stronger-than-usual sales.

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8:21 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Missouri's high school equivalency exam gets a reboot

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The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.

Starting in January the GED exam, which has been used in the state since the 1940s, will be replaced.  It’s a move driven by digital change and an age old consideration -- cost.

Keyboards replace pencils

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4:45 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mo. unemployment rate falls; 15,000 jobs added

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Missouri's unemployment rate declined in November while payrolls expanded by 15,000 jobs.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday the jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent in October.

The leading gainer was educational and health services, which added 5,200 jobs last month. The construction sector grew by 2,300 and professional and business services increased by 2,000 jobs. The information, leisure and hospitality sectors each declined by 200 jobs.

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4:14 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature to consider school transfer bill

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A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.

If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

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3:37 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon announces education funding proposal

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Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri's universities to freeze undergraduate tuition next year while also proposing more state funding.

The governor says the budget he recommends next year will include an additional $36.7 million for public universities. The 5 percent funding increase would be distributed using a performance-based funding system.

Nixon announced the proposal Wednesday at Missouri State University in Springfield.

The governor called for a tuition freeze at four-year schools for Missouri undergraduates in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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6:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Garden City: Tending to a cultural crossroads in Kansas

Sister Janice Thome at a local Garden City school. Thome teaches several classes, including a teen parenting class at the Garden City alternative high school.
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In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 2: Immigrant communities have sprung up around the meatpacking plant in Garden City, Kan., and while change hasn't been easy, city leaders have built a strong grassroots network supporting and embracing the town’s cultural evolution and its youngest citizens.

GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Sister Janice Thome’s office is a 2003 brown Ford Focus with a backseat piled high with paperwork and a prayer book.

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10:54 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Noel, Mo.: Schools build safety net for immigrant children

At the primary school in rural Noel, Mo., teachers and staff function as educators about as often as they do de facto social workers.
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In the Shadows of the Slaughterhouse, part 1: Attracted to stable jobs in the meatpacking industry, communities of immigrants are springing up across rural America. Many small, rural towns, however, struggle to provide much more than instruction.

It’s almost 9 a.m., and Noel Primary School teacher Erin McPherson is helping a group of Spanish-speaking students complete English language exercises. But it’s tough going.

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3:43 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Columbia Public Schools to seek $50 million bond issue

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Leaders of the Columbia public school district plan to seek another $50 million bond issue in April, followed by new $40 million bond proposals every two years until 2020.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the $50 million bond issue on the April ballot will require a 4-cent tax increase. The subsequent $40 million bonds in 2016, 2018 and 2020 would require no tax increase.

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5:59 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds

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Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget.  215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri.  Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

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5:27 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Gov. Nixon visits Fairview Elementary

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks at Fairview Elementary in Columbia.
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Governor Jay Nixon visited Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Wednesday morning. Nixon went back to the school where his mother used to teach.

Nixon was at Fairview Elementary to applaud the academic success of the students.

“We put together a whole new kind of grade card called MSIP 5 and it’s designed to make sure that students are doing well in being challenged and takes it right down to each various school. Today, I’m proud to report that this school on a new grade card…scored 98.6 percent,” Nixon said.

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8:33 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Mo. legislative committee to review teacher tenure

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Missouri lawmakers plan to focus on teacher tenure this week.

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