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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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Education
4:30 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

New version of GED to launch in 2014

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This is the last year high school dropouts will be able to earn their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate before a tougher, more expensive version of the GED is rolled out.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the current test will be replaced with a new, computer-based assessment in 2014.

The 2014 test is tied to Common Core Standards -- a set of uniform math and English benchmarks adopted by states. The standards are designed to ensure that students are prepared for college or the workforce.

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Education
3:14 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Lincoln University names new president

Kevin Rome
North Carolina Central University

An administrator at a college in North Carolina will become the new president of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Lincoln University curators announced Friday that Kevin D. Rome will be the school's 19th president, beginning June 1.

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Education
12:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Columbia College announces interim president, search committee

Columbia College
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia College has named current Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Terry Smith as its interim president. According to a press release today, when Dr. Gerald Brouder retires as President in August of this year, Smith will take over. The college has a goal of having a new president named by July 2014.

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Education
4:30 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Nixon appoints Columbia's Ann Covington to UM Board of Curators

Ann Covington
MOFACT

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In a press release Thursday afternoon, Governor Nixon calls Covington - who lives in Columbia - a prominent leader in Missouri for the last 25 years.

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Education
6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Columbia Public Schools unveils electronic reading program

An increasing number of schools across the country are introducing tablet technology into the classroom.
Brad Flickinger Flickr

Columbia Public Schools announced Wednesday an expansion of an electronic reading program throughout the district.  With the myON reader program, students can log on to a website and have access to thousands of free electronic books.

Superintendent Chris Belcher calls it “amazon.com” for kids. He says the district has purchased a password to access the site for every 4-year old in the district.

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Education
8:54 am
Tue January 15, 2013

High schoolers, community members speak out against school start times in board plan

High schoolers, district parents and educators turned out at the Columbia Board of Education meeting, Monday, Jan. 14, to speak out about start times in the board's proposed transportation plan.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA

The Columbia School District's Board of Education is reconsidering the school start times included in its controversial three-tier transportation plan. At last night’s board meeting,district parents, students and employees spoke loud and clear: The current proposed start times simply don’t work.

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Education
9:48 am
Mon January 14, 2013

UM announces new funding structure, focused on cross-campus collaboration

The University of Missouri's new research funding program encourages projects between campuses, to get researches to expand work across fields.
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It’s been dubbed the Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research Program and it has a starting fund of a million dollars. The new program’s goal is to promote research that has high potential for external funding and commercialization.

Mike Nichols is the UM system’s vice president for research and economic development. He says a successful collaboration by scientists at UMKC and engineers at Missouri S&T inspired the funding’s creation. The team developed a bioactive glass material that helps heal open wounds.

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Education
4:51 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Nixon calls for lengthening Mo. school year

Gov. Jay Nixon says more school days could help out the state's economic competitiveness.
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Governor Jay Nixon says lengthening the school days in Missouri from 174 to 180, brining Missouri in line with the national average, will better prepare our students for careers and college.

Speaking this morning at John Thomas School of Discovery, part of the Nixa school district in southwest Missouri, the governor says the amount of school days in the state rank fourth fewest in the U.S.

Nixon also called for opening the doors of higher education for every Missouri student and increased funding for preschool education programs.

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Education
2:39 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mo. public schools improve, but still rank low

Missouri's public schools improved their overall grade to a
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Missouri's public schools are 41st in the country in Education Week's annual rankings.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings Thursday. Missouri's overall grade was a C, up slightly from last year's grade of C minus.

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Education
11:48 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Columbia College president to retire in August

Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, announced his retirement which is scheduled to begin in August 2013.
Credit Matt Evans / KBIA

The president of Columbia College announced Thursday he will be stepping down in August. The president’s nearly two-decade-long tenure has been filled with some memorable achievements.

Applause filled the Atkins-Holman Student Commons at Columbia College as Gerald Brouder made the announcement. Brouder says there’s a couple of reasons why he decided to retire.

“The institution is in very fine shape both fiscally and otherwise – curricular wise,” he said. In a few weeks I’ll be turning 70 years old and that just seems like the right age to do something.

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

UM System President Wolfe announces administrative changes

New UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke with reporters on his first official day in charge.
File KBIA

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.

UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Columbia schools under heightened security Friday amid rumors

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Kristofor Husted KBIA

Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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Education
10:27 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Winter storm causes partial power outages at three Columbia schools

Strong winds blow snow over Columbia on December 20, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Columbia Public School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says three Columbia schools were experiencing sporadic power outages Thursday morning due to a winter storm in the area. Baumstark says the outages at New Haven elementary school, Parkade elementary school and West Junior High School started around 9:45am Thursday.

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Education
12:22 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

After precautionary lockdown, CPS reports students and staff safe

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The Columbia Public School District placed all district schools on what it calls a “modified lockdown” on Tuesday while law enforcement officials were engaged in a vehicle pursuit. 

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Intersection
6:37 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Safety in Columbia Public Schools

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Education
4:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

University of Missouri System continues to fight release of syllabi

The National Council on Teacher Quality is seeking course syllabi under Missouri's public records law as part of a nationwide effort to monitor what aspiring teachers learn at college.
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The University of Missouri system continues to oppose public release of records related to teacher training.

A Washington-based education group, The National Council on Teacher Quality, filed a civil lawsuit against the four-campus system in Boone County Circuit Court. The group is seeking course syllabi under Missouri's public records law as part of a nationwide effort to monitor what aspiring teachers learn at college. The results will be published next year in U.S. News & World Report.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School
2:32 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Memorial service on MU campus honors Newtown victims

A memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on the University of Missouri campus, December 17, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

More than two hundred people took part in a short memorial service on the University of Missouri campus this afternoon to honor the victims of the Newton, CT mass shooting.

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12:50 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

How Columbia School District reacts to mass shootings

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This morning's mass shooting in Connecticut might have you wondering how schools in Columbia might react to a similar event. In October, the Columbia School District trained students and teachers in how to react to an "active shooter" event.
The Columbia Public School district is training students to respond to active shooters on school grounds. The Lange Middle School Cinema Club created an
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Education
8:17 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Moberly Area Community College transitions to new president

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Dr. Jeffrey Lashley will be Moberly Area Community College’s next president beginning July 1, 20-13. Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson, the outgoing president, has served as Moberly Area Community College’s president for 16 years.

Recently, Jorgenson accepted the president’s post at Northwest Arkansas Community College. “I was at a point in my career where I was able to retire here at Moberly Area Community College," she says. "I did feel like I wanted to have one more grand adventure, as I described it to others, and this was an opportunity that became available.”

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Education
5:39 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

New dorm going up at the University of Missouri

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

A new five-story residential hall at the University of Missouri is scheduled to open in 2015.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the new dorm will help the university keep up with record-setting freshman classes.

Construction of the 92,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in September 2013. Current designs call for single and double rooms as well as study areas and common spaces.

Freshmen have to live on campus and are given higher priority for housing. The Columbia campus has experienced record numbers of freshmen for several years.

Education
3:03 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia Public Schools making schools safer

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Improvements in safety are on the horizon for many of Columbia’s public schools.

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Education
9:13 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Columbia school board seeks feedback on three-tier plan

A classroom at Columbia's Jefferson Junior High, which will be a middle school next school year. The Columbia Board of Education is considering a three-tiered system for transportation and start times at Columbia schools.
Credit KBIA

The Columbia School District's Board of Education has agreed to move forward with a three-tier transportation system for district schools. The three-tier system means that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools will have staggered start times allowing busses to have layered pickup and dropoff times. At a regular board meeting last night, board members said the next step is getting community feedback.

The board is issuing a survey later this week asking parents, teachers, and students for feedback about the potential three-tier system.

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Education
5:11 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Funding draft recommendations released for Missouri colleges and universities

Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus
cindyt7070 Flickr

A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year.  A first draft of recommendations was released today, and it includes basing 10 percent of an institution’s state funding on performance standards such as graduation rates. 

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Education
3:47 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Stephens College selling properties to Hagan Scholarship Foundation

Students work in an AP Calculus class at Hickman high school in Columbia
Camille Phillips KBIA

Stephens College announced Monday that it will sell properties to the Hagan Scholarship Foundation. Missouri businessman Dan Hagan started the foundation in 2009 to help students from rural counties.

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Education
9:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

UM System Students Likely To Face Tuition, Fee Increases Again Next Year

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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:19 pm

Updated at 5 p.m. following the presentation to the Board of Curators.

Students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri system are likely to face tuition and fee increases again next year as the school struggles to cope with an ongoing decrease in state funding.

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Education
5:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Possible budget cuts could affect public schools

KBIA file photo

The Missouri National Education Association is warning of the fallout for public schools if congress does not act to avoid the so called fiscal cliff.   

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