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8:05 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Exam: How students choose foreign language classes, revisiting 1970 campus war protests

Students play a matching game at Lange Middle School in Columbia, Mo. They match Chinese characters and words to form complete sentences.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Foreign languages classes are highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission. French, German, Spanish, Latin, Japanese and Chinese are all offered to students at Columbia Public Schools. KBIA’s Heather Adams explores how students pick the language they're going to learn.

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7:53 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How students choose their foreign language classes

Nina Wang teaches the Chinese class at Lange Middle School. Wang was brought to Columbia, Mo., from China to teach students through a program called the Confucius Institute.
Heather Adams KBIA

Participation in foreign languages classes is highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission.

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Education
8:03 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Ben Tilley named new CPS assistant superintendent

Ben Tilley
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The Columbia Board of Education named Ben Tilley as the new assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools beginning July 1. 

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Education
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Private school option spurs opposition ed. bill

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A coalition of education organizations representing teachers, administrators and school board members objects to student transfer legislation because it could lead to students attending private schools at taxpayers' expense.

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Education
8:25 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Bond pending in Mo. legislature would help MU renovate STEM facilities

University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo.
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On April 8, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 39, which would appropriate $71.1 million for 47 repair and maintenance projects for the University of Missouri System. That money is part of a larger proposal to borrow $600 million for capital projects at universities statewide.

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Education
5:23 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Westminster College to close Mesa campus

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Westminster College announced it will be closing its campus in Mesa, Az. at the end of the spring semester. Westminster opened the campus last fall as a partnership with the city of Mesa. It was one of four higher education institutions that partnered with the city to help boost the city’s economic development.

Rob Crouse, director of Media and Public relations at Westminster College says due to competition, Westminster could not reach the necessary growth and demand. 

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Education
9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

CPS partners with Mo. DNR for new nature school

Dr. Peter Stiepleman
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A unique partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has sparked plans for a new school rooted in nature and science education. One-third of the $1.2 million project will be funded by the Department of Natural Resources.      

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Education
9:02 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Missouri focuses on college completion for non-traditional students

The Missouri Department of Higher Education and the Missouri Community Colleges Association were selected for the Competency-Based Education Jumpstart Program. 

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Education
8:20 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Mo. mulls state funds to districts for preschool

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Missouri House members this past week passed legislation that would allow public schools to begin counting some children attending early childhood education programs toward the basic state funding they receive. 

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Education
4:56 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

MU researchers present work at Life Sciences Week

Scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri gather for the second poster session on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 as part of the 30th annual Life Sciences Week. Ginny Booker, marketing and communications manager for the Bond Life Sciences Center, hopes that collaboration will grow by allowing scientists to view each other's' work.
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Nearly 300 scientists and researchers at the University of Missouri presented their work at the 30th annual Life Sciences Week.

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Education
9:51 am
Thu April 17, 2014

UM system hires risk management expertise on sexual assault and mental health issues

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The University of Missouri has announced it's hiring the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management to provide a third-party assessment of sexual assault and mental health resources on all four campuses. 

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Education
8:17 am
Wed April 16, 2014

MU chancellor vows changes after assault report

Sasha Menu Courey
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The University of Missouri's new chancellor says he is prepared to make the school "accountable and responsible" after an independent review faulted its response to a former swimmer's rape claims.

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Education
5:25 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Missouri House endorses Bright Flight expansion

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  Missouri House members have endorsed legislation that could offer additional financial assistance to persuade more top students to stay in the state after graduation day.

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Education
4:42 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia Daily Tribune hosts 13th annual Hero Awards

The Columbia Daily Tribune presented seven local volunteers with awards on Monday, April 14, 2014 as recognition of the work they have done. Categories for the awards include community protection, education or literacy, health care, in the arts, youth, group and individual volunteer of the year.
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  On Monday, April 14, the Columbia Daily Tribune recognized 41 individual volunteers and groups at the 13th annual Hero Awards. Of the 41 nominees, seven received awards for their contributions.

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Education
2:46 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Hickman High School competes in Ethics Bowl

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  Ethics bowls have been popular among college campuses for many years, but only in the past three years have entered high schools across America. Last week Hickman High School entered the first annual Missouri State High School Ethics Bowl receiving first and second place.

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Education
8:54 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Columbia school board discusses Common Core, attendance boundaries

Chris Belcher
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The Columbia Board of Education has re-elected Christine King as its president, and has re-elected James Whitt as Vice-President.  At the Columbia Board of Education's regular meeting last night, the board discussed Missouri's progress on adopting the Common Core Standards, a series of national guidelines designed to increase consistency and quality in K-12 schools across the U.S.

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Education
6:47 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Exam: UM reveals results of Sasha Menu Courey investigation, Menu Courey's parents react

Head of the investigation Edward Dowd speaks at the press conference on April 11, 2014, to present new findings and answer questions about the process.
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The University of Missouri System Board of Curators held a press conference Friday aftern­oon to discuss a report investigating MU's handling of the Sasha Menu Courey case. 

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4:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

MU assistant professor finds rare fossils in China

MU assistant professor of geological sciences James Schiffbauer and his team have found rare 500 year old fossilized embryos in China.  Now, they are studying how those fossils stayed preserved.

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Education
11:17 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Green-Beckham dismissed from Mizzou football team

Since the day Dorial Green-Beckham committed to play for Missouri’s football team on Feb. 1, 2012 MU students have chanted “DGB! DGB! DGB!”

Those chants will not be heard at Faurot Field anymore.

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Education
5:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

University releases findings from the investigation in the death of MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey

Head of the investigation Edward Dowd speaks at the press conference on April 11, 2014 to present new findings and answer questions about the process.
Credit Rickelle Pimentel / KBIA

  The University of Missouri System Board of curators held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss the investigation report on Sasha Menu Courey. The investigation was performed by Dowd Bennett law firm based in St. Louis-- who found university officials should have acted on information they had back in November of 2012. President of the UM System Tim Wolfe issued this statement after the report's release.

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Education
3:58 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

FBI looking into school district stipends

Questions about the use of stipends for school administrators in St. Joseph, Mo. have caught the attention of the U.S. FBI.
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  Federal investigators are looking into questions about a northwest Missouri school district's finances.

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Education
8:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:36 pm

Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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4:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

School educates parents on ADHD with 'Dinner with Doctors'

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South Elementary School in Jefferson City hosted its first “Dinner with Doctors” Wednesday. St. Mary’s Health Center pediatricians Brian Conley and Jennifer Krause and psychologist Jackie Henry spoke about issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and grade-school students.

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Education
9:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors

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The Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children during the summer months, will have an increased presence in Missouri this year. Because participation in the program is low across the country, the administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking solutions to increase participation in Missouri.

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5:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri indefinitely suspends WR Green-Beckham

Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended from the Missouri football team.
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Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Coach Gary Pinkel announced the suspension Monday, roughly three months after the standout receiver was arrested along with two men after police in his hometown of Springfield found a pound of marijuana in their car. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.

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Education
4:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Truman is more than a mascot

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Truman the Tiger is more than just a mascot to Ria Landreth.

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Education
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Exam: CPS requests $50 million bond, Benton Elementary's STEM approach attracts families

Municipal elections are Tuesday, and there are a few education issues on the ballot. Paul Cushing, Jonathan Sessions, Joseph Toepke and Helen Wade are the four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia school board. Voters in Hallsville and Sturgeon face similar races for their school boards, and in Ashland, eight candidates are running for three vacant school board seats. The Harrisburg school district is asking for a $2 million bond issue for security and technology improvements.

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Education
8:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

MU Biochemistry receives $1.1 million gift

University of Missouri
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The MU Department of Biochemistry received a $1.1 million gift that will fund a new faculty chair in biochemistry on Friday.

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Education
4:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Moberly college approves domestic partner benefits

Full-time employees of Moberly Area Community College will soon have benefits extended to their domestic partners.
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Moberly Area Community College will offer benefits for domestic partners of full-time college employees.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Task force takes inventory of UM system sexual, mental health resources

UM President Tim Wolfe
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University of Missouri officials said Tuesday they have made progress in their safety and security review of campus. The university has completed taking inventory on their sexual and mental health resources.

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