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9:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Columbia school board members reject guns-in-schools proposal

Columbia school board members last night rejected a proposal that would have put allowed two officials on school campuses to carry guns.
Credit Katie Link / KBIA

The Columbia Board of Education has voted against a measure that would have allowed two school officials to carry guns on campus. Board members voted 4 to 3 to reject the idea at a regular board meeting last night.

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7:21 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kids' summer lunch program begins

Credit City of Columbia

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services will start a summer food program from Monday, June 10, at Douglass Park in Columbia.

This is the 13th year of providing nutritional summertime lunches in Columbia. Because the program is federally subsidized, the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates that every meal contain a serving of milk, protein, grains, fruit and vegetables. Meals will be prepared by Columbia Public Schools and served by volunteers. There will be five volunteers serving pre-wrapped food and drink as cafeteria line. 

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Education
10:25 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Some MU faculty upset about plan to move museum

Credit Darren Hellwege / KBIA

Many MU faculty members are upset at how they found about the University’s plan to temporarily close some campus buildings next year for renovations. They're also concerned about the future of the Museum of Art & Archeology and the Museum of Anthropology

Jesse Hall, Swallow Hall and Pickard Hall will all close for about a year. Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Jackie Jones presented the steps of the project and answered questions at the MU Faculty Council meeting yesterday.  But, department of geography faculty member Mike Urban wasn’t satisfied.

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Education
8:59 am
Fri June 7, 2013

New UM Curator Mike Ponder lays out goals

Mike Ponder

Keeping tuition affordable is the top goal of the University of Missouri’s most-recently appointed curator.

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Education
5:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Changes in UM System leadership as a vice president retires

Mike Nichols
Credit University of Missouri System

As one University of Missouri System vice president retires, the system is creating a different position to take over his responsibilities. 

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Education
4:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Missouri high school graduation rate ranks 8th in the nation

Credit KBIA

Missouri ranks eighth in the nation for high school graduation rates, according to a new national report published by Education Week. The state graduated 80.7 percent of its high school students in 2010, marking the second year Missouri has been in the top 10. Missouri's education commissioner Chris Nicastro says she credits the achievement to local schools’ increased efforts to keep students in school.

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Education
5:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Battle High School opens for first day of summer school

Battle High School is bustling with hundreds of students on its first day of school.
Credit Anders Aarhus / KBIA

At 7:45 a.m. Monday, Battle High, Columbia’s newest public school, opened its doors for the first day of summer school. Principal Kim Presko says despite minor issues with the school bell system, students and faculty were enthusiastic about the first day.

“Just the atmosphere is just very exciting and relaxing at the same time,” Presko says. “We just have such a beautiful faculty here and the kids just seem to feel at home. I had the opportunity to walk through most of the classes this morning. Kids are learning, teachers are teaching, it’s what we’ve been planning for.”

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Education
9:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Jeff City residents say facilities, student safety are top priorities

Credit Jefferson City Public Schools

For the upcoming school year, Jefferson City residents are most concerned with facility improvements and student safety according to a survey released by the leaders of Jefferson City public schools.

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Education
7:56 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Battle High School opens to students

Columbia school leaders and members of the Muriel Battle family gathered for the opening ceremony at Muriel Williams Battle High School, Sunday, June 2, 2013.
Joyu Wang KBIA

Columbia’s new Battle High is open and welcoming students today. Hundreds of teachers, students, and guests attended Sunday's dedication ceremony for the school. Battle High is Columbia’s third comprehensive high school, and it is dedicated to Muriel Williams Battle, a long-time educator who served the local community for more than 40 years.

Members of the Battle family spoke at the dedication. Muriel Williams’ husband, Eliot Battle, said he is impressed with the building, and is proud of having the name of Battle on this school.

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

MU transfer students enrollment on decline

Credit Darren Hellwege / KBIA

  The MU Office of Admissions and Summer Welcome team greeted incoming transfer students today. Director of Admissions Barbara Rupp says over the past couple years the total number of transfer students at MU has started to decline. Rupp believes students are more place-bound than they used to be due to the economy.

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Education
12:58 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

MU to close Jesse Hall for repairs, KBIA to find temporary home

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Updated 4:12 p.m. with quotes and graphics

 The University of Missouri announced today that all employees working in MU's main administrative building, Jesse Hall, will be moved to a new location to allow for the installation of sprinkler systems, improvements to the heating and cooling systems, and an additional elevator. Nearby Swallow Hall which houses MU's Museum of Anthropology, will also undergo repairs including an increase in classroom, lab and office space totaling up to 5,000 square feet.  The project, called "Renew Mizzou," will cost more than $22.8 million.

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Education
3:27 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

MU Provost names new interim dean of MU Graduate School

Leona Rubin will serve as the interim dean of the MU Graduate School.
Credit Department of Biomedical Science, University of Missouri

Leona Rubin, professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named interim dean of the MU Graduate School.

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Education
8:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Douglass High celebrates largest graduating class since becoming desegregated

Seventy two students received their diplomas on Saturday, May 18, as Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since becoming a desegregated high school in the 1980s.
Credit KBIA News

Columbia’s Frederick H. Douglass High School celebrated its largest graduating class since the building reopened as a desegregated high school in the 1980s.  

“This day, we celebrate the triumph and determination and hope of, hear this number, people, 72 graduates,” Douglass principal Eryca Neville announced to a roaring auditorium, packed full of proud family and friends. 

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Education
8:56 am
Thu May 16, 2013

"Innovation Campuses" partner students with colleges, businesses

Governor Jay Nixon stands with Lincoln University President Dr. Connie Hamacher and Linn State Technical College President Dr. Don Claycomb on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA News

A new partnership between Lincoln University, Linn State Technical College, and several Jefferson City businesses will allow students to earn credit that could go toward either school.

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Education
3:01 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Failing school districts could receive aid faster thanks to legislation

The new legislation would allow the state to forgo the waiting period and intervene in failing school districts sooner.
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow quicker state intervention in failing school districts.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Kirksville School Board plans to update technology

For many adults, memories of elementary school include pencil shavings, chalk dust and paper scraps. But memories for students in the Kirksville R-III School District might look a little different.

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Education
9:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sequestration cuts hit mid-Mo. childhood education programs

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The future of early childhood education programs like Head Start hangs in the air as recent federal budget cuts, or sequestration, will eliminate resources aimed to provide low-income families a quality foundation for the beginning of a child’s education. The most recent cuts have put Columbia Public Schools in the position of funding two instructional aides.

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Education
8:42 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Record number of students apply for financial aid

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Missouri volunteers help a record number of students in the state apply for financial aid.

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5:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. schools receive bump in state funding

Mo. House and Senate members decided to increase public education funding, pending certain performance criteria like graduation rates are on par.
Credit Andrew Magill / Flickr

Missouri public schools and universities will be getting a funding increase under an agreement by legislative budget negotiators.

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Education
5:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Mo. Senate gives initial approval of new academic standards

Mo. Senate gave initial approval of to legislation requiring public hearings to discuss new academic performance standards.
Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation requiring the state education department to hold public hearings on new standards for math, reading and writing.

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Education
8:37 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Camdenton Middle School chosen as site for special ed integration program

Credit Camdenton R-III School District

Camdenton Middle School is one of six schools chosen from across the country as a knowledge development site for a University of Kansas-based program that integrates special education with general education programs.

The program, known as the SWIFT Center, or School-wide Integrated Framework for Transformation, is based out of the University of Kansas and is federally funded with $24.5 million over five years.

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Education
8:24 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Columbia College moves forward with presidential search

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Members of Columbia College’s presidential search committee say the college has selected the Washington D.C.-based recruiters Academic Search to help find Columbia College's next president – and the committee is aiming to introduce candidates by this Fall.

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Education
8:10 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Missouri teachers file lawsuit over language in ballot initiative

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Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 5:57 pm

A group of educators is suing the state of Missouri over a proposed constitutional amendment requiring tenure for public school teachers be based on performance, not seniority.

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4:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Assistance League of Mid-Missouri continues gift to Columbia College

Jake Godin KBIA

Columbia College announced the continuation of a $200,000 gift from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri today.

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Education
12:41 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Four students taken to hospital after Jefferson City school bus accident

According to a Jefferson City Public Schools press release four students were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car Friday morning near Lewis and Clark Middle School. The district says police and school officials went to the scene after the accident at approximately 7:30 Friday morning, and determined three of the 39 students on board needed to go to the hospital. They were transported in an ambulance. Jefferson City police say the injuries to the three students were minor.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

MU Financial Aid expands online exit counseling program

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Graduating students at MU an now discuss their student loan debt with a financial aid counselor in  one-on-one exit counseling.

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Education
9:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Part-time profs lose work over insurance mandate

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Some adjunct professors at Moberly Area Community College are losing work as the school seeks to keep down the costs of providing health insurance to employees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the school has told its part-time professors that they will have a six-credit teaching limit this summer and a nine-credit limit in the fall semester.

The federal Affordable Care Act requires employers with at least 50 workers to offer health insurance to all employees who work an average of 30 hours weekly.

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8:53 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Columbia's oldest parent co-op preschool is closing after more than 54 years in business.

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Southwest Play School is the first parent-owned and operated preschool in Columbia and has been educating children for almost 50 years. Sharen Garrett started teaching at Southwest 19 years ago. She’s been teaching her whole life, and now plans to retire. Garrett teaches at the co-op weekdays, while parent-volunteers work alongside the children for a set number of days each semester.

“The needs for co-ops have changed," Garrett said. "I just love what I do. I love the children, I love their parents. You know it’d be terrible to go to job every day you didn’t love what you did.”

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5:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Chancellor Deaton discusses study showing low professor pay at MU

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.
Jay Buffington Wikimedia Commons

MU departments and department chairs are working with Chancellor Brady Deaton to increase faculty wages on a case by case basis. Deaton spoke today with KBIA’s Sydney Miller and reiterated that higher wages are a priority.

The affirmation comes after the release of a survey from the Association of American University Professor’s that shows MU salaries as less than average.

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4:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Housing reopens for third year medical students in Joplin

Credit University of Missouri School of Medicine

Housing re-opened for third year medical students practicing rural medicine in Joplin Monday. The housing is part of the MU School of Medicine rural track pipeline program, which trains students to practice medicine in small, rural communities.

The Joplin arm of the program shut down in 2011, after a tornado destroyed the old living quarters.

Kathleen Quinn is the director of the rural track pipeline program at MU and she says the program helps create more doctors in rural areas, where care could be in short supply.

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