Education

Mizzou J-School to open Documentary Journalism program

Feb 11, 2014
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  MU has just received a $6.7million gift from Lifetime’s “Project Runway” producer, Jonathan Murray, which would allow the University to open a Documentary Journalism program in 2015.

The University of Missouri announced on Tuesday that a $6.7million gift would be directed to the creation of a Documentary Journalism program for the journalism school. The gift comes from former MU journalism school graduate and chairman at Bunim/Murray Productions, Jonathan Murray.

Mizzou celebrates 175th birthday

Feb 11, 2014
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  The University of Missouri’s held its birthday party at the MU Student Center Tuesday, commemorating 175 years. KBIA’s Emerald O’Brien reports on the celebration.

 The festivities kicked off with a speech by the University’s new Chancellor, Richard Bowen Loftin, who’s first year coincides with Mizzou’s 175th. He says he is happy to become a tiger in such a landmark year. “To be part of the celebration, which is going to be not just a one day event but a year-long activity for us, is very important," he said.   

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High school is right around the corner for eighth graders, and for those in Jefferson City, a new academy system will be waiting for them. The district’s eighth graders are in the process of selecting and applying for academies for next school year.

The Columbia school board revealed a name for one of the two new Columbia elementary schools after months of planning and consideration. 

JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Missouri lawmakers appear to agree with Gov. Jay Nixon that public colleges and universities should get more money next year.

But some lawmakers want to put part of that money toward building improvements, instead of devoting it to operations as proposed by Nixon.

House Budget Committee Chairman Rick Stream says he wants to make use of a 2012 law that authorizes state money for college building projects that generate a 50 percent match through private donations.

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Stephens College announced Thursday it will be teaming with Theatre Reaching Young People and Schools (TRYPS), mid-Missouri’s acclaimed children’s theatre program. 

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The dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism plans to retire in August after 25 years at the helm of the school. In a press release Thursday, MU said Dean Mills is currently the longest serving dean on the campus.

“I think those two numbers 2 and 5, set together – explain a lot. 25 years is a very long time to be a dean, even at a wonderful place like this and I think it’s just time for somebody else to step in with some new and different ideas,” Mills said.

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

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Missouri's education department says the latest in a series of winter storms could cause school districts to extend classes into the summer.

The Columbia Fire Department, administrators and electrical engineers were on the scene of an electrical fire at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia Monday morning. 

According to Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark, the fire occurred on the exterior north side of the building. There was no strucutral damage.

Jefferson Middle School was already closed for the day due to hazardous road conditions. More information will be available Monday afternoon. 

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The University Of Missouri System Board Of Curators is emphasizing science education and research as a top priority for 2014. The board discussed a proposal for $51 million to help boost the number of students educated in STEM fields – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – by investing in facilities, infrastructure and top-of-the-line equipment.

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University of Missouri athletics director Mike Alden says the school's initial response to news reports of a former swimmer's suicide could have been handled better.

Alden told reporters in interviews late Thursday that he expects Missouri to learn from Sasha Menu Courey's death and use it to bolster its student mental health services rather than "trying to defend" its actions.

The interviews mark Alden's first public comments on the case. Missouri curators voted Wednesday to approve an independent legal investigation.

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A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

 A report from a coalition of church groups in St. Louis says a plan commissioned by the Missouri state board of education to help struggling school districts could result in “an educational ghetto.”

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University of Missouri curators have agreed to hire an outside law firm to review the school's handling of a former varsity swimmer's 2011 suicide.

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State residents who pay tuition at the four schools in the University of Missouri system can look forward to flat tuition rates in the coming academic year.

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An extensive piece of investigative journalism answers some questions about the events leading up to MU student Sasha Menu Courey’s 2011 suicide, but leaves many more unanswered. 

Who exactly knew about Menu Courey’s alleged rape, and when?

What responsibility, both legally and ethically, did those individuals have once they learned of it?

What could have been done?

What should have been done?

The descendants of the man dubbed the "father of the University of Missouri" are working to atone for their revered relative's slave-holding past.

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Missouri is going to begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school students spend taking state assessments.

The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with Gov. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.

Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Louis County Friday morning, said that the additional revenue proposed by Nixon in his State of the State address earlier this week should provide the four-campus system with the money it needs without raising tuition.

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing $30 million of additional state spending for early childhood education programs.

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Columbia College has named Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., as its 17th president. Dalrymple is currently the dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y. 

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is asking the Legislature for $10 million to renovate a hospital for classes at Lincoln University.

Time is running out for Normandy schools in north St. Louis County to win extra funding from Missouri lawmakers this school year.

Normandy and Riverview Gardens have experienced an exodus this school year due to the student transfer law.  Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that she expects the Normandy School District will be bankrupt by the end of the year.

The Kansas City school district has released a school-improvement plan that was developed with a local coalition.

The plan's submission Tuesday to the State Board of Education comes one day after a consultant released a competing proposal. The consultant's plan calls for a state-run entity to recruit community groups and educators to operate schools in failing districts.

Unlike that proposal, the new plan calls for the unaccredited Kansas City districts to be designated as provisionally accredited. That would stop students from taking advantage of a state law to transfer to accredited schools. Instead, schools would be accredited individually.

Updated at 1:34 p.m., Mon., Jan. 13 with news of  unexpectedly large turnout at Jefferson City meeting.

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The Missouri Lottery has provided a larger-than-usual payment to public education because of stronger-than-usual sales.

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Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher announced his retirement plans in a letter to the Board of Education.

Belcher will retire effective June 30, 2014 and will take a job as a faculty member in the University of Missouri College of Education. Belcher says that role will allow him “to stay connected with CPS through leadership development.”

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