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10:06 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Rock Bridge dedicates new auxiliary gym, welcomes needed facilities

Rachel Wittel KBIA News

The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday to dedicate Rock Bridge High School’s new auxiliary gym. This project was part of the $120 million bond issue approved by voters in 2010.

The gym cost $4.1 million and seats 300 to 500 people. Its construction lasted less than a year, and many other projects funded by the 2010 bond issued remain in progress.

“We’ve been spending money just about as fast as we can to get the most out of our investment,” Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said.

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Education
9:53 am
Wed February 20, 2013

MU prepares for vote on non-tenure track faculty representation

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’s non-tenure track faculty are lobbying for improved representation within the university.

A proposed change to the Collected Rules and Regulations was discussed at a faculty forum Tuesday afternoon. The amendment would redefine “faculty” in order to give voting privileges to non-tenure-track professors. 

Nicole Monnier is associate teaching professor of German and Russian Studies, and one of four non-tenure track representatives on the Faculty Council.

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Education
8:57 am
Tue February 19, 2013

MU softens decision to move nuke engineering team

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A nuclear engineering research team at the University of Missouri receives a modest reprieve after it was targeted by administrators for elimination.

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Education
6:30 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A new leader takes the helm of the Council on Public Higher Education

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
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The Council on Public Higher Education in Missouri soon will have a new leader. Long-time policy and fiscal analyst Paul Wagner will take over as executive director on February 27. 

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Education
5:51 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Retired Army psychologist dropped from campus job search

Larry James speaks at the University of Missouri
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

MU’s College of Education has put its search for a new executive director on hold, following controversy over a finalist’s background as a psychologist at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

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Education
9:19 am
Thu February 14, 2013

More Mo. students receive career, tech education

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More Missouri students are training for future careers while still in high school.

Sixty-three percent of the state's high school students participated in at least one career or technical education program in the 2011-2012 school year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that's a 3 percent increase from the previous year.

Education
9:16 am
Thu February 14, 2013

State offers college financial aid workshops

Darren Hellwege KBIA

The state of Missouri is holding a series of free financial aid workshops for prospective college students.

The events are known as "FAFSA Frenzy." The acronym stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a rite of passage for most college-bound students this time of year as the priority deadline for federal aid approaches.

Workshops are scheduled across the state on Saturday and Sunday, with a handful planned for later in February and early March.

Education
9:08 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Kirksville Public Schools install panic buttons after Newtown shooting

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Calling the police is now as easy as pushing a button in Kirksville Public Schools.

A day away from the two-month anniversary of a Newtown, Conn. shooting that left 20 elementary students and six teachers dead, Kirksville’s school board president Neal Chamberlain said he is more confident than ever in the safety at district schools.

“For a small community, I think we really are trying hard to provide a quality education for our kids," Chamberlain said. “One component of that is making sure we have safe places and good places for our kids to get that education.”

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Education
2:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

System president discusses first year in office

Olga Khrustaleva KBIA

A year after taking the office as University of Missouri system president, Tim Wolfe says the number one issue on his agenda is strategic planning.

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Education
10:09 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Discussion continues on Columbia Public Schools start time

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Changes to the Columbia Public School transportation schedules remain under debate. The Columbia Board of Education convened Monday to discuss, among other things, the new three-tier schedule designed to reduce the number of busses and improve the quality of service.

This schedule would push high school start times back back to 9 a.m. Middle schools and some elementary schools start between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m. The rest of elementary schools would begin at 8:20 a.m.

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Education
5:41 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

$5 Million Donation to MU Veterinary School

The donation to MU from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation amounts to $5.5 million.
File KBIA

Cottrell and Kay Fox donated more than $5 million to the College of Veterinary Medicine Monday.

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Education
12:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Belcher has new proposal for Columbia school start times

Chris Belcher
Kristofor Husted KBIA

At the Columbia Board of Education meeting tonight, Superintendent Chris Belcher is expected to propose a new plan for school start times.

Instead of high school students starting first at 7:20am, like in previous proposals, Belcher is recommending they begin at 9:00am after the elementary and middle schools. He says research supports his proposal.

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Education
9:05 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Central Missouri president hosts Twitter chat

Steven Garfield FLICKR

University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.

Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.

The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate.
More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.

Education
3:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House reprentative pushes for new school bullying policies

Missouri House members have endorsed legislation requiring school districts to bolster policies against bullying.
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A Missouri House Representative is pushing for new school bullying policies. Representative Sue Allen’s House Bill 134 was heard at a public hearing this morning by the Committee for Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Education
3:36 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Lincoln University's next president talks about goals

Dr. Kevin Rome will take over as President of Lincoln University in June.
North Carolina Central University

The administrator recently named as Lincoln University’s new president says more funding and national recognition are two key goals he has for the university.

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Education
8:51 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Nixon nixes Ponder's appointment to MU Board of Curators

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Michael Ponder’s tenure with the University of Missouri Board of Curators is over — at least for now. Governor Jay Nixon appointed the Cape Girardeau attorney to the board last month before the start of the 2013 legislative session, but he still needed Senate confirmation for his appointment to become permanent.  Nixon formally reversed Ponder’s appointment Wednesday night when it became apparent that he would not win Senate confirmation by Thursday deadline.

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Education
2:42 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Panel reiterates arguments against MU’s potential hire of former Army psychologist

Bradford Boyd-Kennedy of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Michael Ugarte of MU's romance languages department, Faizan Syed of CAIR and Aamer Trambu of the Muslim Student Organization gave a news conference against the possible hire of Larry James.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Four panelists Wednesday morning reiterated arguments against MU's potential hire of former Army psychologist Larry James, who is being considered for a leadership position in the College of Education.

James is currently the dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. But in the past, he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Since his role as an intelligence psychologist was during a time of intense abuse allegations, some people are concerned about his personal ethics.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Former Army psychologist Larry James speaks to MU audience about potential hire

Larry James, a candidate for a leadership role in MU's College of Education, spoke on campus Tuesday. His possible hire has stirred controversy. He's never been found guilty, but he was a leading Army psychologist during prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Larry James, the former Army psychologist being considered for a leadership role in the College of Education at MU, spoke to an audience of about 60 people today. 

Community members have expressed concern about the possible hire of James -- he was in a leadership position as an Army psychologist during times of intense abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. About 40 people gathered on Friday to protest his potential hire . 

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Education
7:23 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Ex-Army leader facing MU protests heads to campus

The retired Army psychologist whose job candidacy is drawing protests at the University of Missouri is scheduled for a public interview on the Columbia campus.

Former Col. Larry James is dean of professional psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. He's one of two finalists for a top administrative job in the university's College of Education.

The interview was scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

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Intersection
5:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

How investments in early childhood education could impact Missouri

Watch the show and join the conversation on theIntersection website.

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Education
12:02 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Could investments in early childhood education save Missouri millions?

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In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his proposal to boost funding for early childhood education by $17 million, saying, “early childhood education is a smart investment, with a big return.”

How much of a return could we be talking about?

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Education
3:27 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Group protests MU's potential hire of former Guantanamo psychologist Larry James

Jeff Stack of the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation addresses Daniel Clay, dean of the College of Eduation, who came outside to respond to the protest of the possible hire of former Guantanamo psychologist Larry James.
Kellie Kotraba ColumbiaFAVS

About 40 protestors gathered today in response to MU's possible hire of Larry James, a former psychologist at Guantanamo Bay, for a high-ranking position in the College of Education.

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Education
8:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

MU hire draws protest, psychology professor connected to Guantanamo Bay abuse

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The prospective hiring of a retired Army psychologist who has faced abuse accusations at the Guantanamo Bay military prison is drawing protests at MU today.

The mid-Missouri chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation has scheduled an afternoon protest outside Hill Hall. That's home to the College of Education, which has selected Larry James as one of two finalists for a top leadership job.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

No MU-Governor debate this year over tuition hikes

The University of Missouri School of Law hired Gary Myers as its new dean.
Adam Procter flickr

University of Missouri undergraduates who are state residents will pay 1.7 percent more in tuition next year as the four-campus system holds its annual hike to the rate of inflation.

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Education
7:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill would require gun safety course in 1st grade

Gun file photo.
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Missouri first-graders would have to take a gun safety course under a bill being considered by a state Senate committee.

Sen. Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, outlined his proposal Tuesday for the chamber's General Laws Committee. No one spoke in opposition, and the committee did not vote on it.

The bill would mandate the teaching of the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in every first-grade classroom. Brown says it would teach young children what to do if they come across an unsecured weapon.

Education
5:26 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Why some higher ed schools could get more funding

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Missouri's public colleges and universities would get a funding increase under Gov. Jay Nixon's proposed budget. But not all of the institutions would be treated equally.

Nixon's proposed budget seeks to implement a performance funding plan that would reward some schools more than others for meeting goals in such things as student retention and graduation.

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Education
9:57 am
Mon January 28, 2013

MU to install replica of MLK Memorial

Ellis Library
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The University of Missouri plans to install a tabletop replica of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue this week at the university's library.

The university was given a replica statute last year by Ty Christian, a Missouri graduate who was chief marketing strategist on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

The statue will be installed during a ceremony Tuesday in the Ellis Library. It will be open to the public.

Education
9:48 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Columbia Public Schools planners narrow possible elementary school sites to three

Columbia Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Peter Stiepleman explains the terrain of the site at Scott Boulevard and Route KK to board member Jan Mees at the site tour for a new elementary school in southwest Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.
Laishi Zhou KBIA

After nine months of discussion and research, Columbia Public Schools narrowed 14 options for the location of a new elementary school down to three.

Members of Long-range Facilities Planning Committee and the Board of Education took a site tour at three sites Saturday to better inform their decisions.

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Education
5:19 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

KC medical school considering Joplin for satellite

The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is considering a possible satellite campus in Joplin.

Two people from the school were in Joplin last week to meet with city leaders and scout possible locations. Lisa Cambridge, spokeswoman for the school, says a decision will be made in April.

Joplin officials say the medical school visited Missouri Southern State University and met with city and business leaders.

Education
6:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Southern Boone hires new superintendent away from Van-Far in Vandalia

The Southern Boone School District has hired a new superintendent.

Board of Education President Ellen Kesterson says Chris Felmlee stuck out among the 26 people that applied for the job. Kesterson says Felmlee is currently the superintendent in the Van-Far school district in Vandalia.

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