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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.