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4:52 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

North Callaway decides to keep superintendent despite DUI

News broke this week that North Callaway R-1 Superintendent Dr. Bryan Thomsen pled guilty last year to a DUI charge. Thomsen apologized in news reports, and the district's board of education met Tuesday to discuss how it should proceed. Thursday afternoon, the board issued this statement on its decision to keep Thomsen on board as its superintendent:

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Education
3:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Hickman principal to take leave of absence

Tracey Conrad
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Hickman High School announced today that Principal Tracey Conrad will be taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Conrad's absence is due to a family concern.

Assistant principal Eric Johnson will serve as the school's interim principal until Conrad returns.

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Education
4:50 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

A.T. Still dentistry school to open in Kirksville in October

The AT Still Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville is scheduled to open October 1st, after receiving initial accreditation last week.

Dean Christopher Halliday says many people in rural areas such as Kirksville are underserved when it comes to dental care. He hopes the opening of the school will fix that issue.

“I want to raise the awareness with our students of the fact that there are huge segments of population in this country that just for whatever reason, for a variety of reasons,  don’t have access to oral health,” Halliday said.

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Education
7:46 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Reopened KC school to focus on preschoolers

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The Kansas City school district is reopening a closed school as part of an effort to ensure students are prepared for kindergarten.

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Education
3:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Camdenton principal resigns amidst MAP test allegations

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A Camdenton middle school principal has resigned after allegations were raised about mishandling of procedures for annual state tests.

The Camdenton Board of Education announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Sean Kirksey, who had been on administrative leave during an investigation into procedures for administering the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests. The board said it would honor the rest of Kirksey's contract.

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Education
4:29 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Columbia high schools to get food truck for lunch service

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A food truck will soon be part of the lunch time choices for students at Columbia high schools.

The district says the truck will bring more food options and help with overcrowded lunch rooms at its high schools. The district ordered the truck on Monday.

Laina Fullum is the nutrition services director for the district. She says the pork and chicken offered on the truck will meet U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for school lunches and will be available for the free or reduced-lunch program.

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Education
8:17 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MU researchers receive funding for science teaching program

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According to an article in the journal Science, 60 percent of teachers are “cautious” when teaching science. But the National Science Foundation has recently approved a grant that will help Missouri teachers build confidence on teaching the subject.

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Education
11:33 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Columbia test scores still highlight achievement gap

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher, flanked by school district officials and board of education members, discusses MAP test results with reporters on August 22, 2013
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As the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education releases the latest round of MAP scores, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says, frankly, he isn’t worrying all that much about the scores this year. But he says they do still highlight one serious, known problem.

Superintendent Belcher says the MAP scores this year should be taken with a grain of salt, because the state is going through a transition period. The MAP tests will be replaced as part of the state’s planned implementation of common core standards in 2014-15. Belcher says Columbia teachers are already thinking beyond the MAP test, and have targeted their curriculum at preparing students for the new assessments, instead.

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Education
5:53 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Columbia school board voted to increase tax levy

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The Columbia Board of Education has voted to increase the city’s school tax levy.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the board approved a new total tax levy of $5.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation. That’s an increase of 2.2 cents from last year, the smallest the board has approved since 2008.

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Education
8:33 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Northwest Missouri State receives $1.25M donation

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Northwest Missouri State University has received a $1.25 million gift from an anonymous donor.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/19K3xKq ) university president John Jasinski announced the gift Wednesday. He says the money is for academic enhancements at the Maryville school and came from an anonymous donor who died recently.

A portion of the gift will also increase another endowment for scholarships for students during the 2014-15 academic year.

Education
8:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Mo. State Education Board Expands Oversight Of Failing Schools; Talks MAP Scores

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:40 pm

The Missouri State Board of Education voted Tuesday to increase oversight of the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Intersection
6:33 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Columbia students prepare to go back to school

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

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Education
4:18 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

2013-2014 enrollment at MU tops 34,000

The columns on MU's Francis Quadrangle.
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  Enrollment at the University of Missouri-Columbia has again topped 34,000.

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Education
7:40 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Summer vacation ends soon for students

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The dog days of summer are over for many students in the area, and will be ending quickly for many more. The fall semesters at the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College all begin on Monday.

All students in Columbia Public Schools go back tomorrow, except for kindergarteners, who get a few more days of summer and start school this Thursday.

Thursday also marks the start date for Jefferson City Public Schools.

Moberly students return to school this Wednesday.

Students in Fulton and Kirksville started last week.

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Education
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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Education
7:17 am
Mon August 12, 2013

MU anticipates fewer freshmen to enroll

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The University of Missouri is expecting fewer freshmen this fall as compared to last year.

A memo from Ann Korschgen, the university's vice provost for enrollment management, and Barbara Rupp, director of admissions, estimates freshman enrollment this fall at 6,165 based on current deposits. That's a drop of nearly 480 from last year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that officials say the university has anticipated the drop in freshmen as the number of high school students in Missouri and the Midwest declines.

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Education
7:16 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Northwest Missouri State adopts drug, alcohol amnesty policy

Northwest Missouri State University
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Northwest Missouri State University has adopted a policy allowing students to seek medical care for overuse of alcohol or drugs without fear of reprisal.

The Maryville Daily Forum reports the amnesty provision approved by the university's Board of Regents is meant to ensure that students get the care they need.

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Education
8:30 am
Fri August 2, 2013

More Than 1,000 Students To Leave Unaccredited Normandy District

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 3:19 pm

North St. Louis County's Normandy School District pointed to a variety of things to entice parents to keep their kids in the district: partnerships and collaboration with nearby universities, new technology, and more staff training.

But for the parents of 1,151 Normandy kids, it just wasn’t enough. If you compare it to last year’s enrollment, that means 28 percent will be fleeing the failing school district.

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Education
3:08 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Nixon: Tax-cut bill will cost higher education millions

Gov. Jay Nixon says the University of Missouri System stands to lose up to $54 million annually if state lawmakers override his veto on House Bill 253.
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Gov. Jay Nixon continued stumping across the state discouraging state lawmakers from overriding his veto on a tax cut bill.

At the University of Missouri Columbia campus Wednesday, Nixon said the bill could result in a funding slash of $67 million per year for the state’s higher education institutions. The University of Missouri system alone stands to lose $31 million per year. And if a federal online sales tax bill passes, the state number jumps up to a cut of $116 million annually.

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Education
3:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Brouder's tenure at Columbia College comes to an end

Dr. Gerald Brouder leaves Columbia College for his retirement on July 30, 2013
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Tuesday was the last day at work for longtime Columbia College President Dr. Gerald Brouder.

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Education
5:14 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

University of Missouri prevails in syllabus suit

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The University of Missouri has prevailed in a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that sought access to professors' copies of course outlines.

A Boone County Circuit Court judge recently rejected the National Council on Teacher Quality's efforts to compel release of copies of course syllabi under the state's open records laws. University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe disclosed the favorable ruling in an email to university employees last week.

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Education
8:34 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Unaccredited St. Louis school districts facing $23 million bill for transfers

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Two troubled St. Louis-area school districts could pay a combined $23 million to cover tuition and transportation costs for students opting to attend accredited districts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 1,700 students in the Normandy and Riverview Gardens districts have applied to transfer. That follows a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling requiring unaccredited districts to pick up those costs for students who want to attend better schools.

The home districts must cover the tuition costs, and must pay for transportation to at least one school district.

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Education
5:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

These are the people that will find the next MU chancellor

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced his retirement in June.
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The University of Missouri system has announced its 18-member committee that will lead the search for the new Chancellor of MU’s Columbia campus. The announcement Thursday afternoon comes on the heels of two public forums this week discussing the search. UM system spokesperson John Fougere says those hearings and the appointment of the committee were two important steps in the process. He says the next is when the committee first meets in the next couple weeks.

Current Chancellor Brady Deaton is set to retire on November 15th, and Fougere says the goal is to have a new chancellor hired before the end of the fall semester.

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Education
7:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

MU to test new emergency alert system

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The University of Missouri plans to test a new emergency alert system Monday morning.

A university press release states that the system will be tested at 8:50 a.m. and will send two text messages to those who have already signed up for the MU Alert system.

The test will also send messages to the MU Alert Twitter page, and to Facebook.

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Education
5:24 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Opinions abound at public forum for MU chancellor search

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As the search to replace retiring MU Chancellor Brady Deaton begins, a public forum held in MU’s Jesse Hall Monday allowed people to tell UM System leaders what they want to see in a future chancellor.  It was the first of two public forums held on MU’s campus this week.   

A handful of MU faculty, staff, and students voiced their opinions at the hour-long forum.  They discussed what they thought should be required of the next chancellor, and what key areas of strength he or she should have.

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Education
7:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

MU seeks public opinion on Deaton's replacement

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The University of Missouri won't be publicizing the names of its top choices for the flagship campus' next chancellor, but system President Tim Wolfe still wants public input on the closed search.

A one-hour public forum begins at 10 a.m. Monday in Jesse Hall Auditorium in Columbia. A second session is set for the same time Thursday at Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

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Education
1:53 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

University of Missouri leaders want income tax bill to stay dead

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The University of Missouri Board of Curators met Friday morning, and the curators say they are concerned about statewide spending cuts that directly affect the UM System. 


Missouri governor Jay Nixon froze 400 million dollars in statewide spending in response to threats to override his veto of House Bill 253, a tax-cutting bill that Nixon said would drain state revenue.  Republicans have enough seats in the state legislature to override the Democratic governor’s veto in September if they all agree to do so. 

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Education
8:58 am
Thu July 18, 2013

MU faculty, associates push for clear plan to return museum to downtown

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MU faculty, Columbia residents and museum associates continue to express their concern about MU’s lack of timeline for returning the Museum of Art and Archaeology back to the downtown area. The museum, currently housed in Pickard Hall, is moving to Mizzou North, or the old Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

The move is part of the Renew Mizzou renovation project, which will also displace the Museum of Anthropology at Swallow Hall. 

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Education
4:57 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Mo. family asks high court to review drug searches

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A recent southwest Missouri high school graduate and his family have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether drug searches in high schools violate the Fourth Amendment rights of students against unlawful search and seizure.

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Education
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.

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