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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7:33 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Joplin School District reports high graduation rate

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The Joplin School District says it has had its highest graduation rate in years.

The Joplin Globe reports that about 87 percent of Joplin's class of 2013 graduated. The average rate throughout Missouri was about 88 percent.

Joplin's graduation rate was close to 79 percent in 2011 and 2012, and was down to 54 percent in 1996.

Superintendent C.J. Huff says the improved rate is the result of "strategic work," as well as support from teachers, principals, staff and others.

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6:58 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Linn State to get a new name

Missouri's only state-funded, two-year technical college is getting a new name. Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday that will change the name of Linn State Technical College to the State Technical College of Missouri.

The name change for the central Missouri school will take effect July 1, 2014. The college offers certificates and associate degrees with an emphasis on industrial and technology programs.

7:10 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo. House interim committee to examine education

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Missouri's education system will be the focus of a newly formed state House committee that will consider ways to improve outcomes and better prepare students for college and adulthood. The House Interim Committee on Education has scheduled its first meeting for next Thursday at the state Capitol. The panel will examine education issues during the summer and fall before lawmakers return in January for their next legislative session. Republican House member Steve Cookson of Poplar Bluff will lead the interim committee. House Speaker Tim Jones created the new education committee.

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7:25 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Mo. chapter of NEA to send delegates to national conference

Although kids may not be in the classroom, Missouri educators are still working this summer to prepare for the upcoming school year. 

The National Education Association (NEA) is hosting a meeting July 1 through 5 to discuss pressing educational issues. Public school teachers, librarians, coaches and custodians are just some of the members of the Missouri NEA that are working to improve educational issues around Missouri. About 10,000 delegates from around the nation will be present at the NEA Representative Assembly this year. 

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7:21 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Mo. Board of Education recommends new assessment program

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The Missouri Board of Education is recommending a new assessment tool state wide for early childhood development. The Desired Results Developmental Profile, created by the California Department of Education, is an assessment that will help determine a child’s learning needs before he or she enters kindergarten.

The assessment will not only give teachers an idea of how their student is progressing, but it will also help give the state a better idea of how ready kids in Missouri are for kindergarten.

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8:46 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Camdenton school under investigation for charges of MAP test cheating

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Camdenton school district is under investigation over allegations of cheating on their middle school’s MAP Test.

The investigation began with a call from a concerned parent in the district who believed the testing protocol had been violated.

Superintendent Tim Hadfield said he is doing everything he can to assist the Department of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the investigation.

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8:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

University of Missouri System expands employee benefits

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators unanimously passed a proposal to extend employee benefits to eligible adult dependents who meet certain criteria. This extension now means that same-sex partners may be eligible for these benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance. John Fougere is the chief spokesperson for the UM system. He said the decision will help the system attract a talented faculty and staff. 

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8:57 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Community shares memories of Eliot Battle

Photo credit: Eliot Battle and his daughter Muriel Jean Battle Browder at the dedication of Battle High School on June 3, 2013.
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When anyone asked Eliot Battle how he was doing, he would always answer, "Super."

Battle, a longtime Columbia educator, died Tuesday (June 11) from injuries sustained after a car crass Friday. He was 88. 

Battle had a key role in the desegregation of Columbia's public schools. And the new high school in town, Muriel Williams Battle High School, was named in honor of his wife, who died in 2003.

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7:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kids' summer lunch program begins

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The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.

This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line. 

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9:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Jeff City residents say facilities, student safety are top priorities

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For the upcoming school year, Jefferson City residents are most concerned with facility improvements and student safety according to a survey released by the leaders of Jefferson City public schools.

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8:53 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business.

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Southwest Play School is the first parent-owned and operated preschool in Columbia and has been educating children for almost 50 years. Sharen Garrett started teaching at Southwest 19 years ago. She’s been teaching her whole life, and now plans to retire. Garrett teaches at the co-op weekdays, while parent-volunteers work alongside the children for a set number of days each semester.

“The needs for co-ops have changed," Garrett said. "I just love what I do. I love the children, I love their parents. You know it’d be terrible to go to job every day you didn’t love what you did.”

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3:48 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Mo. bill would allow college visit for foster kids

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would require older children in foster care to visit colleges.

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12:02 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Could investments in early childhood education save Missouri millions?

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In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his proposal to boost funding for early childhood education by $17 million, saying, “early childhood education is a smart investment, with a big return.”

How much of a return could we be talking about?

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3:57 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid stresses importance of airline deal

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Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid plans to run for a second term and is putting extra importance on issues that he says still need resolving. McDavid thinks transportation is the key to improving Columbia’s economy in the coming years.

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1:21 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Field Notes: Have land-grant institutions lost their sense of social mission?

Chuck Hassebrook is a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. He is critical of corporate funding for research at land-grant universities.

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which reporters talk to newsmakers and experts about important issues related to food production.

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5:31 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Future prospects for young rural residents

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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4:11 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Public school libraries increase use of mobile technology

Columbia Public School libraries are working hard to bring twenty-first century skills to Columbia youth with an increase in iPads and other mobile technology in school media centers.

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4:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Washington-based group suing MU for records

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A Washington-based education group is suing the University of Missouri over its refusal to provide records related to teacher training at the university system's four campuses.

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12:51 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Is school too easy or too boring?

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NPR reports that a survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress shows that many students are simply "not being challenged in school." Parents, what's your take?
Many students in American classrooms don't feel challenged enough. That's according to new analysis of federal data (pdf) conducted by the
4:41 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver

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Missouri elementary and secondary schools will now have more flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. More control is back in the hands of the state after the US Department of Education announced Missouri as one of five states granted a waiver Friday.

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4:40 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

More Missouri districts could struggle under new system

New state projections show more Missouri school districts would have their accreditation come under extra scrutiny under a new evaluation system.

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4:44 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Lincoln University sued over access to records

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A national education organization has filed a lawsuit against Lincoln University in Jefferson City over access to records.

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8:30 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mo. student loan default rate lower than national average

The University of Missouri reports a student loan default rate at 2.3 percent.
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The latest U.S. Department of Education figures show Missouri’s average student loan default rates are lower than the national average and institutions paired with the Missouri Department of Higher Education have even lower rates.

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9:14 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Mo. legislation aims to limit sexual orientation discussion in public schools

The Missouri House is looking at a bill that limits discussion of sexual orientation in schools.
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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are backing legislation that would limit the discussion of people's sexual orientation in public schools.

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4:22 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Missouri Senate passes education overhaul legislation

The Missouri Senate has passed bills that would allow for more charter schools in the state and would also allow the state to take over failing school districts more quickly.

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5:05 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Lottery allows restoration of education funding


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is restoring about $6.8 million that he previously cut from public education because of budget concerns.

Nixon's administration said Tuesday it is providing $5 million for transportation assistance at K-12 schools and $200,000 for fine arts and scholars academies.

Cuts to two scholarship programs also were reversed. The Access Missouri scholarship will get more than $357,000 and nearly $650,000 will go to the A+ Schools program.

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5:50 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Newscast for April 5, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri employers barred from identifying workers by the last four their Social Security numbers.
  • Missouri Senate considering increasing funding for elementary and secondary schools.
  • Missouri House approves legislation designed to help students attend schools closest to them.
  • Missouri Senate gives first-round approval to double the amount of time public school teachers to earn tenure from five years to ten years. 
1:24 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Mo. Senate budget plan spares education cuts

The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee agreed Wednesday to follow the House's lead by holding funding flat for public universities.
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Education would be spared from cuts but fewer state employees would get pay raises under a budget plan put forth by a Missouri Senate committee.

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9:32 am
Wed April 4, 2012

King, Cushing claim Columbia school board seats

Paul Cushing celebrated his victory at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing with friends and family. He picked up 21 percent of the vote, finishing second to Christine King, who led with 42 percent. Cushing said any of the candidates would have been worthy.

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