Education

UPDATE: 11:04 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24:

Ellen De Graffenried issued this statement to KBIA, via the MU News Bureau:

"I am honored to have served at Mizzou and have enjoyed working with leadership, faculty, staff and students.  I recognize the importance of allowing new leadership to have the flexibility to build their own team and believe the changes are in the best interest of the university."

ORIGINAL STORY:

The University of Missouri issued a press release late Friday afternoon announcing a new Interim Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication.

MU Alumni Group Dissatisfied With Campus Protests

Nov 16, 2015
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A group of University of Missouri alumni is not in support of protests that have been the spark of controversy on the MU campus recently. The group, known as Unity MU, began as a social media campaign last week and is concerned by the media’s portrayal of racial tensions. Members believe the movement has been counterproductive and criticize the tactics used by protestors.

The former chancellor of the University of Missouri's flagship Columbia campus will get more than $344,000 a year in his new role heading up the school's research.

The Associated Press obtained Loftin's transition agreement Monday under Missouri's open records law. It shows that R. Bowen Loftin will earn three-quarters of the $459,000 he was making as chancellor until he resigned Nov. 9.

Loftin's resignation came hours after the university system's president, Tim Wolfe, also stepped down in the wake of racial unrest on the Columbia campus.

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As the dust settles at the University of Missouri this week, two university administrators’ jobs have been left in the wake. Students have been protesting a lack of action on the university’s part to racist incidents on campus.

The situation made national headlines when the school’s football team got involved to support the cause. Experts say that kind of student-athlete influence is growing and universities have to pay attention to that economic and cultural pull.

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  On the same day the University of Missouri System president resigned, the chancellor of the Columbia campus has also announced he will be stepping down at the end of the year.

Just hours after UM System President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said he will also be stepping down. 

TRANSCRIPT:

Intro: Two high profile executives in the University of Missouri system resigned today  (Monday) following several racially charged incidents on the system’s Columbia campus and student protests. KBIA’s Bram Sable-Smith has a recap of how the day unfolded.

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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe issued an apology Friday for his behavior with the group Concerned Student 1950.

Members of the group blocked his car during the homecoming parade in protest of how the administration has handled incidents of racism at MU. Wolfe also notes in his apology that he has met with graduate student Jonathan Butler, who has been on a hunger strike calling for Wolfe’s resignation or removal.

Harrisburg School District will have to return to the drawing board after the rejection of its proposed tax levy increase.

The University of Missouri Department of English sent a letter to the UM Board of Curators and UM System President Tim Wolfe Wednesday morning informing them of the department's unanimous vote of no confidence in MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. 

Harrisburg Schools Want Approval for Proposition II

Nov 2, 2015
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 The Harrisburg School District is asking voters to approve a 67 cent tax levy increase at the polls Tuesday. The district has recently been operating under a deficit budget and funds would help schools get back into the positive. Harrisburg schools have one of the lowest operating levies of their neighboring districts and other conference districts.

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The scores of Missouri schoolchildren on a test known as the nation's report card have held relatively steady.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress results were released Wednesday. They show that reading scores held steady for Missouri fourth and eighth graders over the last two years, while nationally they were flat for fourth graders and lower for eighth graders.

Nationally, math scores slipped. In Missouri, the math scores for fourth and eighth graders also were lower — but only slightly.

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The state Board of Education has authorized a group to move ahead with plans to open new charter schools in Kansas City.

The board on Tuesday authorized Los Angeles-based Citizens of the World to move forward with plans for the schools.

The group has three schools in Los Angeles and two in Brooklyn. The Kansas City plan calls for opening two kindergarten through first-grade elementary schools in 2016, adding a grade each subsequent year.

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Proposed new learning standards for Missouri K-12 students are drawing criticism.

Columbia Public Schools Block Twitter Use

Oct 22, 2015

As of Monday, Columbia Public Schools students were no longer able to access Twitter at school through the district Wi-Fi.

“It came to our attention that there were a couple of things coming through on Twitter that we didn’t want coming through,” CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark said. “So we have temporarily included Twitter in our filter so that it cannot be accessed.”

Teachers commonly use Twitter as a part of their curriculum, which is why the site wasn’t blocked like Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Baumstark says the instructional technology staff is speaking with teachers about what they need when it comes to Twitter. She says the district plans on adjusting the filter to suit those needs.

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Missouri's education department says it's removing schoolchildren's Social Security numbers from a state database.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said in an audit report released Wednesday it will stop the practice by the end of June 2016.

The state audit report said collecting Social Security numbers for the student-level record system wasn't necessary and put children at risk in case of a data breach.

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 Graduate workers at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia are moving closer to unionizing.

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University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discussed both the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine’s new dean and the university’s graduate students on Wednesday after speaking to students at Southern Boone Middle School in Ashland about the importance of higher education.

Loftin says despite former dean Patrice Delafontaine’s resignation and the appointment of interim dean James Stannard last week, the path the medical school is taking remains unchanged.

UM System President Speaks On Title IX Issues

Sep 24, 2015
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UM System President Tim Wolfe spoke on several university issues after an event this Wednesday for his lecture tour on pursuing a higher education.

Wolfe spoke on the release of the university’s Title IX report after the event.

He said the university has made huge investments in improving education and training on discrimination and sexual misconduct on campus.

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Nearly 31 percent of University of Missouri female undergraduate students reported being victims of nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation. This ranges from unwanted kissing to assault.

This was one of the many findings that were released Monday by the Association of American Universities and the University of Missouri. The results were from the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct the AAU conducted last April.

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Patrice Delafontaine stepped down as dean of the School of Medicine on Monday after only 10 months on the job. He will continue to teach and conduct research in the school’s cardiovascular division.

Ellen de Graffenreid, the University’s Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications, said she cannot say why Delafontaine has left his position, but says there will be “no change in strategic direction whatsoever,” under the interim dean.

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During the last 18 months, the University of Missouri has made changes in an effort to protect students from sex-based discrimination. This included opening a Title IX office and hiring staff, requiring all staff and faculty to act as mandatory reporters, as well as the entire University of Missouri system revising its policies in regards to sex-based discrimination.

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The Columbia Public School Board approved a major change to its nondiscrimination policy within its schools. 

Missouri Education Plan Gains Approval but Lacks Funding

Sep 14, 2015
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  Missouri aims to increase the quality of teachers in high-poverty and rural school areas through a newly approved plan. 

The Missouri Educator Equity plan gained approval from the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday.

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  The number of Missouri lawmakers who support a ban on a state scholarship going to immigrants brought illegally to the county could outnumber the impacted students.

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  Fraternities at the University of Missouri are planning social events this year without hard liquor.

The Columbia Missourian reports that after months of debate on reducing sexual violence on the university campus, the ban was the only one of several proposals made during the summer that survived.

Lost learning time often means lost potential.

That’s the message from a new national report from nonprofits Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign. 

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Students at Hillsboro High School are starting conflicting protests over an effort by a transgender student to use the girl’s bathroom.

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  Kansas City leaders are meeting next month to discuss the educational problems that occur when students change schools frequently.

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  Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that St. Louis Community College will receive more than $5 million for laboratory upgrades. 

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More than a 1000 graduate students and their allies – faculty, staff, undergraduate students and families – gathered at noon Wednesday in support of graduate students and their demands.

Some graduate students also took part in an all-day walk-out to illuminate the role they play in the education of undergraduate students and in research.

The rally and walk-out were planned as a response to the health insurance subsidy issue that has been taking place over the last two weeks. 

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