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8:45 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Columbia Public Schools to allow cell phones in schools

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The Columbia School Board decided to allow the use of cell phones in schools.  Christine King, president of the Columbia Public School Board of education, said this policy will help students access school material through their phones.

“We want to provide the technology of online instruction through a variety of ways to students.  In order for them to use their iPhone, for example, to look up whatever it is they need to do for a class, we have to allow them to bring that into school,” said King.

Intersection
6:07 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Reducing high school dropout numbers

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Education
5:20 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

MU naming rights change

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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The University of Missouri is trying to make it easier to honor donors who want their names on campus buildings in exchange for large contributions.

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Education
9:05 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Major changes discussed for Columbia's Lee Elementary School

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The Columbia Board of Education debated a major change for one of its elementary schools at last night’s meeting. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School, located in the heart of downtown Columbia, is attempting to follow the example set by Ridgeway Elementary and become an autonomous school operating within the Columbia Public School District.

Lee parent Candace Sall said she is excited for the changes to come.

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Education
8:41 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Gandhi grandson to speak at University of Missouri

The grandson of India's late independence leader Mohandas Gandhi will be in Columbia this week to discuss his own work in international relations.

Rajmohan Gandhi is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus.

Gandhi is a professor of history and political science at the University of Illinois and a biographer whose subjects include his grandfather. He's also a former member of India's Parliament and remains active in the global humanitarian group Initiatives of Change.

Education
6:24 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

MU honors students that passed away this year

Dozens of people attended the service on the MU campus in Columbia
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Flags are at half-staff on the MU Campus, as the university pays respect to those that have passed over the past academic year.

The families and friends of nine students gathered with students and faculty in the Memorial Student Union for the annual MU Remembers memorial.

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Education
4:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New Rock Bridge Principal a familiar face

Jennifer Mast
Credit Columbia Public Schools

Columbia Public Schools announced in a press release this afternoon that Jennifer Mast will be the new Principal at Rock Bridge High School at the end of this school year.

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Education
8:25 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Are the kids all right? New data tracks wellbeing of children in Missouri

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A new report that tracks the wellbeing of Missouri children indicates some improvements in infant mortality and teen pregnancy rates, but it also shows an increased number of abused and neglected children in the state.

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Education
9:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

MU to receive funds for building drought resistant soil

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will announce on Thursday that it will fund a University of Missouri project focused on building drought resiliency through soil health.

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Education
9:15 am
Thu April 4, 2013

School board election results for Southern Boone County School District

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Incumbents Barrett Glascock and Ellen Kesterson were reelected to the school board for the Southern Boone County District on Tuesday. Only two of the seven school board positions were up for election.

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Education
9:21 am
Wed April 3, 2013

"Mega high school" ballot measure defeated in Jefferson City

The Missouri River cuts through Jefferson City and the rest of mid-Missouri.
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Jefferson City residents who opposed a ballot measure for a new so-called “mega high school” are celebrating victory. 

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Education
1:30 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kemper Fellowships Award Given to First of Five Teachers

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The presenters of the William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence came to surprise the first of five winning teachers during their lecture on Monday. 

“The Veterinary School and Animal Sciences, we’re kind of stuck on the other side of campus. And sometimes I think no one knows we’re here," Tim Evans, associate professor of toxicology in the MU Campus of Veterinary Medicine said. "Apparently, you found us, so that is good."

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Education
1:03 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

DESE Moving To Fully Implement "Common Core State Standards"

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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:24 pm

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

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Education
9:26 am
Mon April 1, 2013

UCM seeks to boost on-time graduation rate

The University of Central Missouri is taking aggressive steps designed to boost the number of students graduating in four years.

The Warrensburg school will require most incoming freshman to live in residence halls for two years, add academic advisers and encourage students to pick majors earlier. It also will offer tuition breaks for seniors who've taken full class loads their first three years.

The school has dubbed the effort the Learning to a Greater Degree Contract. The changes will take effect this fall.

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Education
9:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

School safety funding questions emerge on city ballots

Students get out of school at Thorne Elementary School in Jefferson City Public Schools at 3:30 p.m. on March 21, 2013.
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Safety and security on public school grounds has become a prominent issue in several school districts following the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Jefferson City Public Schools, the Hallsville School District, and the Fayette R3 School District are all asking for more tax money to improve school safety.

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Education
4:43 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

MU designated driver program faces budget cuts

The STRIPES program designed to provide a safe ride for MU students on weekends is facing a potential budget cut. According to the Missouri Student Association, the program is set to receive about $10,000 less than what it expected. Because of the cuts in allocation, the STRIPES program is now responsible for its own funding. MSA Director of Student Communications Jimmy Hibsch says that if the budget is cut, STRIPES will have to look for other ways to fundraise, but believes they will not have any trouble in doing so.

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Education
4:42 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Columbia schools considering gun policy

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A Columbia school district committee is considering a plan to allow two employees to carry guns on school grounds.

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Education
10:02 am
Wed March 20, 2013

MU anthropologist talks about fieldwork, Russell Elementary students go to university

Stella Chegwidden shows off her work of art in “Art Inspired by Music” class on Monday, March 11 in Columbia, Mo. This Russell University course taught students about the intersection of art and music.

The MU Department of Anthropology recently hired Napoleon Chagnon, one of the first anthropologists to document the once-isolated Yanomamö (pronounced Ya-No-Ma-Ma) in South America. His research argued that the Yanomamö tribes fought one another for women, leading to disagreements among his peers. Exam spoke to Chagnon about the isolated tribes and his conflicts with the anthropological community.

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Education
8:43 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Westminster College hosts Maldivian political, environmental icon

Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. is hosting international alum, Shauna Aminath this week. She will share her experiences as a political and environmental icon during her first visit back to the school since 2008.

Aminath has been busy in the five years since her graduation from Westminster. She became an integral component in the election of the first Democratic political party in her home country of the Maldives, an island nation located to the south of India.

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Education
9:19 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Columbia Public High Schools to start later next year

Battle High School Principal Kim Presko speaks in favor of the new transportation plan to the Columbia Public School board at the Columbia Public Schools building Monday evening.
Evan Townsend KBIA News

High school students in Columbia Public Schools will begin school a bit later in the upcoming school year.

Columbia's Board of Education voted 6 to 1 to approved a new three-tier transportation system, which will stagger school start times for the upcoming school year.

All middle schools, as well as seven of the district's elementary schools, will begin school at 7:20 a.m. The remaining elementary schools will begin at 8:20 a.m., and high schools will start at 9 a.m.

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Education
3:38 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

UM System President kicks off education campaign in Moberly

UM System President Tim Wolfe
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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe spoke to a crowd of Moberly high school freshmen Friday about the long-term benefits of higher education. 

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Education
3:19 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Four things you don’t know about college costs

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Annual tuition hikes over the past five years have made some Mizzou students question whether college is really worth the price tag. However, Nikki Krawitz, MU’s vice president for finance and administration, said the 2.3 percent per year rises in tuition are pretty reasonable compared to the 6 percent of colleges in surrounding states, according to the MU website.

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Education
8:16 am
Thu March 7, 2013

MU forestry students take maple syrup to market

Kevin Hossman

University of Missouri forestry students have created maple syrup with a black and gold touch.

The Columbia Missourian reports the MU Ag Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to help students and landowners produce "MUple" syrup.

Ten students at the university's Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center near Ashland worked on the pancake-ready project. They purchased 100 taps and a new evaporator to remove water from the tree sap.

Education
8:09 am
Thu March 7, 2013

MU Honors College graduation change draws petition

When the original administration building of the university burned in 1892 the columns were left standing. They stand today on Francis Quadrangle and are an iconic image of the university's Columbia campus.
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Change to MU honors College tradition upsets current student and alumni. MU’s registrar has recently decided to move May’s 2013 honors graduation from Francis’s Quadrangle to Mizzou Arena.

This has prompted over 290 students to sign a petition to not bring the ceremony back to the Quadrangle.

Senior Michelle Fiesta was the founder of the petition and states that her drive to bring the ceremony back to the quadrangle roots from her first memories as a Missouri Tiger.

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Education
3:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

"100-Man Lunch" gathers male mentor support for preschoolers

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Mizzou football players, firemen and fathers were among dozens of men who joined up to spend Tuesday afternoon with preschoolers from Title I Preschool.

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Education
5:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

MU grad school Dean resigns for ASU job

Darren Hellwege KBIA

The University of Missouri announced that Graduate School Dean George Justice is resigning effective June 1. Justice is taking the position of Dean for Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

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Education
4:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Why are college costs so high?

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4:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Westminster's Mesa campus gets accredited

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The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association has given accreditation to Westminster College’s new campus in Mesa, Arizona.

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Education
11:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Columbia schools reconsider arming security directors

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A Columbia school district committee is looking into allowing two district employees to carry firearms.

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Education
9:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Missouri student success on Advanced Placement tests doubles

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The number of Missouri students succeeding on Advanced Placement Tests has doubled in the last decade.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokesperson Sarah Potter said AP tests saved a great deal of money for students in 2012.

“Potential cost savings for the students and families are more than fifteen million dollars by taking these exams and getting college credit,” Potter said.

Although Missouri is showing improvement among the students who do take the test, the number of students taking the test is low.

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