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Gov. Nixon visits Fairview Elementary

Sep 11, 2013
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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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Missouri lawmakers plan to focus on teacher tenure this week.

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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.

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.

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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.

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. 

Mo. Board of Education recommends new assessment program

Jun 21, 2013
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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.

Camdenton R-III School District

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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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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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.

Kids' summer lunch program begins

Jun 10, 2013
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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. 

Jefferson City Public Schools

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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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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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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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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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.

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