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4:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Nixon signs bill to set up special-needs scholarships

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 Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.

The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. Called "Bryce's Law," the measure is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.

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4:58 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Mo. Lottery sales reach $1.14B in 2013 budget year

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Missouri Lottery sales rose to another record high during the 2013 budget year.

The Lottery says it sold $1.14 billion of tickets during the fiscal year that ended June 30. That's up 4 percent from the previous year's total of $1.1 billion.

Lottery sales have set new high marks each of the past three years.

Executive Director May Scheve Reardon attributes the increased sales to a new advertising campaign and several large Powerball jackpots. She also cites the beginning of a new loyalty program and strong sales in several other Lottery games.

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Education
5:42 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mo., Kan. public colleges carefully seek minorities

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Public colleges in Missouri and Kansas say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action won't affect how they recruit minority students.

Officials at Missouri-Kansas City, The University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas and Kansas State all say race plays no role in their admission standards.

The Supreme Court ruling in June didn't forbid considering race in admission but said schools must prove there are "no race-neutral alternatives" to achieve diversity on campus.

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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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Education
8:17 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Missouri Military Academy forges agreement with Vermont's Norwich College, seeks future partnerships

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A recent agreement between the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico and Norwich College in Vermont has school officials enthusiastic about future collaborations.

The arrangement guarantees Missouri Military Academy students who meet academic and leadership standards admission into Norwich University. The partnership between the two schools went into effect in late May.

Dean of Academics Frank Giuseffi says he looks forward to providing the students with more partnerships like this one to choose from, when choosing their college.

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Education
8:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Music major becomes part of Columbia College curriculum

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Columbia College has announced it is making available to students a music major, after a hiatus of almost 30 years. Nollie Moore, a music instructor at the college, said he created a curriculum that will focus on choral music and piano instruction. He said he also hopes to expand to instrumental music in the future.

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Education
1:25 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Community celebrates life of Eliot Battle

Carolyn Battle Thomas and Muriel "Jeanne" Battle Browder listen to their older sister, Donna Battle Pierce, share memories of their father, Eliot Battle, during a Celebration of Life.
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 Boxes of tissues lined the sanctuary of Missouri United Methodist Church on Saturday morning, but laughter frequently filled the air as family, friends and community members gathered to remember Columbia educator Eliot Battle.

Battle died in June from injuries sustained in a car accident, and he is most remembered for his role in desegregating Columbia’s public schools. The city’s newest high school is named after his wife.

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5:40 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Missouri and Kansas university leaders get hefty retirement packages

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  University presidents in Kansas and Missouri have been retiring with substantial financial packages.

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton retires this fall, he’ll be director of an institute on international development. He’ll be paid 200 thousand dollars.

Former KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway received about 340 thousand dollars for two years after he retired in 2009.

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Education
5:28 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Columbia school board approves budget

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The Columbia Board of Education plans on spending $11 millions more this year than it did last year. School board members approved the $181.4 million budget Thursday morning. Columbia Board of Education president Christine King says, eighty percent of this significant increase has to do with the opening of Battle High School and the reorganization of some secondary schools.

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Education
5:47 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

USDA announces new school nutrition standards

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new federal nutrition standards for schools Thursday. The new rule targets food sold in vending machines, snack bars and school stores.

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Education
8:15 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Missouri student leaders join student-loan effort

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College students are making their voices heard to Congress about the future of student loans. On July 1st subsidized Strafford student loan rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent unless Congress stops the action.

Approximately 100 student body presidents around the nation joined together in an effort to stop the rate increase. The group began at Georgetown University and rapidly grew. The student body president group works hard to represent the students on each campus.

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Education
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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Education
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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Education
8:55 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Jefferson City schools plan tax levy to address debt

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The Jefferson City School Board is planning to increase the school tax levy for the first time in four years. According to the board’s preliminary budget, the current tax levy will increase by a little more than a cent – or about $5 per year, per home valued at $150,000. About the average value in Jefferson City.

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Education
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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Education
4:03 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

How well are Missouri colleges preparing future teachers?

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Each year, around 200,000 college graduates earn teaching degrees in the U.S. But the National Council on Teacher Quality released a report Tuesday explaining that colleges and universities are not doing enough to properly train future teachers. NCTQ is a Washington-based group that believes in fundamental education reforms. Of the 34 Missouri institutions included in its study, none received the highest score of four stars.

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2:55 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

State Dept. of Education issues guidelines for transfers to accredited districts

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Originally published on Thu June 20, 2013 4:59 pm

Updated 5:34 p.m. to include comments from Chris Tennill of  the School District of Clayton

The Missouri Department Of Elementary & Secondary Education has issued its own guidelines for the transfer process of students from unaccredited districts to those which are accredited.

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9:20 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Jefferson City school board members look forward to implementation of iPads for freshman

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Jefferson City's Board of Education has plans to put iPads into the hands of the incoming high school freshman class of 20-14 – 20-15. 

At its regular meeting Monday night, board members said they were enthusiastic about the new policy.

Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell said he is confident in his students to use the technology to the best of their abilities, without allowing it to create distractions.

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Education
3:58 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Benefits for same-sex couples in UM System has local support

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University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators recently voted to expand employee’s insurance coverage to unmarried couples including partners of the same sex. Members of the LGBT community and University officials are talking about the change.

Harry Tyrer is a professor and faculty council member at MU. Tyrer says this benefit change will keep the MU system competitive in recruiting and retaining staff members.

“It’s more inclusive and it will increase the number of people who will see the University of Missouri as a great place to work at,” Tryer says.

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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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Education
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.
Photo courtesy Columbia Public Schools.

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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Education
5:21 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Nixon taps St. Louis-area official for state board

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named a former St. Louis-area school official to the State Board of Education.

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5:13 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

UM Curators approve 2014 budget, announce plans for Deaton institute

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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved its 2014 budget Friday. UM System President Tim Wolfe says the budget identifies strategic areas for funding to help strengthen the university brand.

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Education
5:43 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Low achieving Missouri schools could get a boost from the federal government

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The U.S. Department of Education announced it’s giving $7.7 million to the state of Missouri to improve low achieving schools through the Department’s School Improvement Grant program.  

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6:02 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Missouri to use new high school equivalency test beginning 2014

Missourians wanting to earn their high school equivalency certificate will need to pass a new test beginning January first. The new exam, called HiSET, will replace the current GED test. Sarah Potter is a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She said the state’s current contract for GED testing was due to expire at the end of this year.

Potter says the state evaluated several competing bids based on the quality of testing, price, and whether the testing was computer based. HiSET will cost a maximum of $95 to take.

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1:05 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton steps to the podium in Jesse Hall just before announcing his retirement. UM System President Tim Wolfe makes his way onto stage. June 12, 2013
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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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9:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Eliot Battle, a long-time Columbia educator and leader in desegregation, has died

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A little more than a week after celebrating with his family and community the opening of Columbia's Battle High, long-time Columbia educator Eliot Battle, has died. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says Battle died last night, Tuesday, June 11th, from injuries sustained after a car crash Friday. Battle had been hospitalized following the accident.

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8:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

How safe are Columbia's school buses?

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In a new annual report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Columbia Public School District’s bus fleet comes in just below the state average on school bus maintenance standards. The report looks for defects in school buses and deems them approved, defective, or out-of-service. Columbia Public School district had 23 buses ruled defective and four put out of service, meaning that 85 percent of the district’s 188 buses were approved as up to standard. The state average for approved buses is 89 percent.

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Education
4:31 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Supreme Court Says Missouri school transfer law is Constitutional

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Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 1:39 pm

Updated 4:38 p.m. & 5:44 p.m.

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a state law that allows students to transfer from unaccredited districts to ones that are accredited.

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4:20 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

University of Missouri System appoints new vice president of academic affairs

Henry Foley
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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe appointed Henry Foley as the system’s new vice president of academic affairs today.  

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