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3:25 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

MU gets $1.8M for modular nuclear reactors

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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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Education
8:13 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Nixon to raise higher education budget proposal

Gov. Jay Nixon
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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.  

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Education
10:56 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Science teachers' organization names Michael Hall Missouri High School Teacher of the Year

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

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Education
8:33 am
Mon October 21, 2013

CPS has yet to announce new elementary school location

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

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Education
7:37 am
Mon October 21, 2013

MU's SEC perk may be slipping through the cracks

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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.

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Education
6:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Some MU groups limping after shutdown fiasco

Some groups faced funding cuts during the shutdown.
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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.

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Education
4:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools renews bus contract

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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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Education
4:08 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Lawsuit filed against Jefferson City Public Schools

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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.

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Education
8:48 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Most Mo. transfer students remain after shake-up

Students use iPads in a classroom
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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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Education
8:21 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Active military students see their tuition dollars vanish with shutdown

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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.

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Education
8:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Vice Chancellor of Research set to leave MU

The Columns on Francis Quadrangle at MU
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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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Education
8:17 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Catholics backing school-choice initiative in Mo.

Entities affiliated with the Roman Catholic church have contributed more than $300,000 toward a Missouri ballot initiative that would authorize state tax credits benefiting private schools.

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Education
5:54 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Mid-Missouri schools receive $95,000 to fund innovative programs

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Assistance League Mid-Missouri has awarded more than $95,000 in funding for programs proposed by teachers. The programs -- designed by teachers -- emphasize new approaches to learning that could enrich the current curriculum. 

Assistance League Mid-Missouri leads the Links to Learning awards as part of their community-based philanthropic efforts. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said the awards support activities teachers wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.

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Education
5:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Faster internet service to help MU researchers

MU Chief Information Officer Gary Allen talks at MU’s Cyberinfrastructure Day of the new high speed internet server, Internet2.
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MU researchers are now hooked into a faster internet connection to support their new cyberinfrastructure project.

Internet2 is a secured network used in a few universities, research corporations and government agencies around the country. The university announced the new service today as a part of Cyberinfrastructure Day.

MU Chief Information Officer Gary Allen said this resource is very scarce but it has its advantages.

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Education
5:36 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

New classroom building for Moberly approved

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to build an $850,000 building for the Early Childhood Program in Moberly.

The state of Missouri will reimburse the district for 57 percent of the cost through its Special Education Finance Section. Director of Special Services Jim Johnson says the new building is necessary due to the state of the current structure.

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