Education

Missouri's fourth- and eighth-graders are doing about the same on math and reading tests as they were two years ago and about average when compared with the rest of the country.

That's according to the 2013 Nation's Report Card, which was released Thursday. The results come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is given to a sample of students.

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A group of Missouri school superintendents has developed an alternative to a state law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited to accredited districts.

The Kansas City Star reports that under the plan, students in struggling districts could transfer to better-performing schools in their home districts. And after five years of failure, districts could be dissolved and distributed to accredited districts.

Brady Deaton honored at retirement reception

Nov 5, 2013
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Students, faculty members and residents gathered at the University of Missouri Monday afternoon to honor Chancellor Brady Deaton in his retirement.

Kirksville looks to implement walking school bus

Nov 4, 2013
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Kirksville students may have another way of getting to and from school next year.

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The retiring chancellor of the University of Missouri's flagship campus is returning to his academic roots in agricultural economics, but this time with a global focus.

CPS breaks ground for new elementary school

Nov 1, 2013
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Columbia Public Schools broke ground Wednesday for a new elementary school near Battle High School.

Federal grant boosts MU biomedical diversity program

Oct 31, 2013

MU received a major federal grant Thursday to continue the diversity program in the biomedical science departments.

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A petition completed its first step Wednesday – a movement  to allow students to vote on their university governing boards. This means students are one step closer to reaching the November 2014 ballot. 

St. Louis Attorney, Brad Ketcher, filed the petition.  He said students should have a vote.

“I think it’s very important that students have a full voice on those boards,” Ketcher said.  “Students are spending more and more of their resources on tuition and fees, and a lot of times having to take out student loans for those sorts of obligations.”

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In a wide-ranging interview this morning for KBIA's Intersection, retiring University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton and Provost Brian Foster reflected on their tenures at the university, noting its continued growth in spite of the economic slowdown and successful recruitment of out-of-state students.

Mo. announces more grants to child care centers

Oct 30, 2013
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Missouri has awarded an additional $4.2 million in grants to improve facilities at six child care centers around the state.

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The University of Missouri is again turning to its top lawyer as a temporary campus leader, this time as acting Columbia campus chancellor while the search for Brady Deaton's successor continues.

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Many universities are divided into emphasis areas to allow students to focus on their specific studies, but A. T. Still University in Kirksville is not. Their administrative faculty realized different emphasis areas work together to strengthen each other.

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Columbia Public Schools reached a deal to purchase property for new elementary school.

Special programs address bullying in Columbia schools

Oct 25, 2013
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October is National Bully Prevention Month, and some local schools are addressing the problem with special programs and discussions.

Every morning in Patti Watts’ classroom at Jefferson Middle School, she begins the day with an 18 minute advisory session, and this month, the topic covered is bullying. Watts’ enjoys this time with her students, and believes this more relaxed atmosphere gives students the confidence to speak their minds.

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The College Board released a report Thursday showing Missouri had the smallest increase in tuition and fees at public four-year institutions in the U.S. 

Nixon commits to increasing public school funding

Oct 24, 2013
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addressed public school educators in Jefferson City Wednesday afternoon. He said Missouri’s AAA credit rating and recovering economy provide a unique opportunity for investment in Missouri students.

Nixon said if students are not prepared, Missouri’s economy will not survive. He said the challenge is making sure every Missouri student leaves the classroom ready to succeed, and that requires strategic investment from the state.

Nixon said he will be increasing funding in Missouri’s K-12 classrooms in order to fully fund the foundation formula.

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Truman State University in Kirksville will be adding an adult dependent category to its insurance benefits allowing same sex couples to receive health, dental, and vision care.

University President Troy Paino announced Tuesday that starting January 1st, Truman State staff will be able to claim benefits for a person that has lived with them for at least 12 months, is not married to any other individual, is not related to the employee, and is at least 18. Paino says the decision was made based on what is best for the employees of the university.

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The University of Missouri School of Medicine is now recruiting eight students for its new residency program to train emergency physicians. The school is now taking applications, and the class will begin in fall 2014.

Dr. Marc Borenstein, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at MU, said emergency medicine has been increasing in demand. According to Borenstein, there are three main reasons for the increasing trend.

Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

Oct 22, 2013
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The Curators of the University of Missouri received a $1.8 million federal grant that will support research related to the production of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton. The money came from a project called Make it in America Challenge, an initiative to create new jobs and encourage business in America.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says next year he will propose a higher education budget that is “substantially” higher than it has been in recent years.  

  Michael Hall was named Missouri High School Teacher of the Year by Science Teachers of Missouri Association.

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Columbia Public Schools has yet to announce the location of a new elementary school in the southwestern part of Columbia.

MU's SEC perk may be slipping through the cracks

Oct 21, 2013
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The University of Missouri has been in the Southeastern Conference for more than a year now. The changes for the athletic department have been clear, but academic impact has been harder to measure. There is one SEC agreement that MU students could benefit from if they knew more about it.

Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco

Oct 17, 2013
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Now that the federal government shutdown has ended, agencies that were affected by the closure are trying to get back up and running.

University of Missouri extension’s Family and Nutrition program has had its budget cut because of the temporary lack of funding. The program provides educational material to 130,000 Missouri food stamp recipients, as well as classes on how to prepare the meals, what foods to eat and how to budget out a grocery bill.

Columbia Public Schools renews bus contract

Oct 16, 2013
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The Columbia School Board is renewing its yearly contract with First Student. The transportation system for elementary and high school students is constantly changing to make the out-of-school environment as pleasant as possible.

First Student Manager Craig Caldwell said the recent change from a two tier system to a three tier system is expected to prevent tension on the buses.

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A federal lawsuit accuses the Jefferson City school district and two administrators of not doing enough to prevent a band teacher from having an affair with a student.

The band teacher, Christopher Knehans, pleaded guilty in 2012 to two felony counts of sexual contact with a student.

Most Mo. transfer students remain after shake-up

Oct 15, 2013
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Two months after the start of a new school year, a new report shows that most of the students who transferred from a pair of failing St. Louis County school districts remain at the better-performing suburban schools where they relocated to.

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Because of the federal government shutdown, some active duty military students cannot get the tuition assistance they rely on to pay for college. Several have already dropped their classes. 

Tuition assistance is not the same as the GI Bill tuition, which is usually for veterans who are out of the military. As of now, GI Bill benefits are still covered.

“Tuition assistance” is a benefit awarded to active duty service men and women.

Vice Chancellor of Research set to leave MU

Oct 14, 2013
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MU Vice Chancellor for Research Rob Duncan will leave the university at the end of the year. Beginning in 2014, Duncan will serve as the vice president for research at Texas Tech University.

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