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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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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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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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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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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.

Is school too easy or too boring?

Jul 10, 2012

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?

Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver

Jun 29, 2012
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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.

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

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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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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are backing legislation that would limit the discussion of people's sexual orientation in public schools.

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.


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.

Newscast for April 5, 2012

Apr 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. 
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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.

King, Cushing claim Columbia school board seats

Apr 4, 2012

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.

Camdenton’s R-III school district is paying $125,000 in legal fees and costs as part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over blocking Internet access to websites with information about gay, lesbian and transgender issues, the Associated Press reports.

Newscast for March 26, 2012

Mar 26, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

  • Missouri House yet to consider education bill
  • Attorney general holds town-hall meetings for homeowners
  • Conference brings renewable energy experts to Columbia
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There are less than two months left in this year’s session of the Missouri General Assembly, and House Republicans still haven’t scheduled debate on a wide-ranging public school bill.

Newscast for March 22, 2012

Mar 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri House passes $24 billion state education budget. 
  • Missouri House panel endorses legislation making it a crime for federal officials to enforce the 2009 federal healthcare overhaul in the state. 
  • Missouri schools adjusting curricula to meet national standards. 
  • National Tea Party group endorses state Treasurer Sarah Steelman. 

Residents of Columbia will be voting on ballot measures that will fund future projects for Columbia Public Schools. The measures would help fund projects that will begin in 2014, and some residents feel that it’s the right time to look towards the future of Columbia Public Schools. 

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The Fulton Public Schools Superintendent says there won’t be extensive cuts to the district’s budget for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Newscast for February 14, 2012

Feb 14, 2012
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Regional news coverage from the KBIA News room, including:

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A bullied high schooler testified in favor of proposed anti-bullying legislation in a House committee hearing Wednesday.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

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University of Missouri curators are meeting Thursday in Kansas City to discuss a possible tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.

Newscast for February 1, 2012

Feb 1, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • UM system recommends tuition increases at all four campuses.
  • Joplin wrestles with letting tourists into destroyed areas.
  • The appointment of Craig Van Matre to the UM Curators faces an uphill battle.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including: