Education

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the state’s 2012 school test scores Tuesday. And while the data show a small but fairly consistent improvement across most subjects, Columbia still has some work to do in a few categories.

The Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests students from third grade through high school in areas such as communication arts, math and science. For the 2012 school year, the Columbia district met all 14 state standards to remain an accredited district.

Out-of-state students are becoming increasingly important to universities in Missouri and Kansas, which are trying to make up for cuts in higher education funding.

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The Missouri treasurer's office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office's unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.

The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.

Zweifel says more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the fair last year. People can also search for unclaimed property on the treasurer's website.

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Gov. Jay Nixon is helping kick off the events at the 110th annual Missouri State Fair.

Nixon planned to purchase ticket for the fair Thursday in Sedalia, then greet attendees at the entrance gate before taking part in the official opening ceremony.

The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19. It features the standard fair attractions — lots of livestock, carnival-style rides, concerts and shows and, of course, food.

Nixon and many other politicians plan to be on hand Aug. 16 for the fair's annual governor's ham breakfast.

Updated at 4:55 with comments from interim dean Thomas Keefe.

Updated at 4:20 with comments from current Student Bar Association president

Updated 3:58 p.m. with letter from Biondi to staff via Saint Louis University.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. with comments from former Student Bar Association vice president.

Will be updated.

Annette Clark, dean of the Saint Louis University School of Law, resigned this morning.

In two letters obtained by St. Louis Public Radio (which you can read below), Clark details her reasons for leaving. Clark says she "no longer [has] confidence" in the abilities of President Lawrence Biondi or Vice President of Academic Affairs Manoj Patankar to lead the University.

Missouri officials are preparing to award nine grants worth nearly $9 million to create so-called "Innovation Campuses" involving colleges and universities.

The program pairs universities and colleges with businesses to train students for jobs in high-demand fields. It's partly aimed at helping students earn their degrees faster and graduate with less debt.

Gov. Jay Nixon planned to discuss the grants Wednesday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri State University in Springfield and Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

UM Curators review guidelines for student conduct

Jul 27, 2012

The University of Missouri System’s Board of Curators plans to elaborate on its definitions of sexual harassment and violence in the guidelines for student conduct.

MU Faculty call to postpone press shutdown

Jul 26, 2012

In the face of a looming University Of Missouri Press shutdown, the campus faculty has decided to send a strong message to President Tim Wolfe: Don’t shut the publishing group down just yet.

Fort Leonard Wood is honoring the first female soldier from Missouri who was killed in action in Iraq.

A building at the fort will be dedicated Thursday to Sgt. Amanda Pinson, who died in Iraq in 2006. A memorial plaque will also be unveiled.

The 21-year-old Pinson, of St. Louis, died when a mortar detonated near Tikrit, Iraq. She was a member of the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment of the 101st Airborne Division.

Opponents of the University of Missouri's decision to revamp its academic publishing business plan to meet to discuss their next steps.

Organizers of Tuesday's meeting say the school's plans to replace the press with a digital publishing operation that will rely largely on student workers will provide a poor substitute for the traditional university press model. Some members of the Columbia campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors are scheduled to meet with university system president Tim Wolfe later Tuesday.

The 911 Services administrator for Stoddard County in southeast Missouri is calling attention to a growing problem of children playing with discarded cellphones and accidentally calling 911.

The Dexter Daily Statesman reports that Carol Moreland says parents are apparently unaware that dialing random numbers from a cellphone or landline phone will eventually reach the 911 dispatch center, causing a distraction for dispatchers and emergency personnel.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding several meetings to discuss regulations for blue catfish.

Anglers and conservation officials have been concerned about declining blue catfish catches from Truman Reservoir for two decades and more recently from the Lake of the Ozarks. Both lakes have at least adequate numbers of smaller blue catfish but heavy fishing for those 24 inches and larger is keeping sizes smaller. The two lakes are formed by separate dams on the Osage River.

Columbia deemed "city to watch" by nonprofit group

Jul 23, 2012

The City of Columbia has been highlighted as a “city to watch” by a nonprofit group based in several northwestern states.

Science camp teaches middle school students biophysics

Jul 23, 2012

The University of Missouri hosted a week-long science summer camp for central Missouri middle schoolers last week.  The camp, called “Biophysics and Your Body,” aimed to teach students how the study of physics relates to the biological functioning of the body.  Assistant professor of Physics Gavin King collaborated with faculty from the physics, education, and biochemistry departments to create a curriculum for the camp. King says the goal was to create a curriculum that teachers across the state can use.

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has received an $8.3 million, five-year federal grant to study certain aspects of aging.

The grant from the National Institute on Aging will go toward building on new evidence about how bones and muscles communicate and could lead to new ways to treat aging bones and muscles.

The Kansas City Star reports that the research team will be led by Lynda Bonewald, director of the bone biology research program at the UMKC School of Dentistry.

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Teachers visit New Madrid to learn about famous quakes

Jul 16, 2012

Twenty science teachers from six different states visited New Madrid, Missouri today to learn more about that town's claim to fame: earthquakes.

Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

A former USA Today editor and a Pakistani reporter who risked his life to cover the news are among this year's winners of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

The winners include former USA Today editor Ken Paulson, current president of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Umar Cheema, an investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News, who also worked for The New York Times, also was honored.

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Kirksville R-3 approves budget

Jul 4, 2012

The Kirksville R-3 School board has approved its budget for the next school year. The district expects to see a reduction in state and federal funding by almost $800,000.

Despite the cut in federal funding, the district doesn’t expected to make any drastic cuts. Superintendent Pat Williams says the district had actually expected the subsidy reduction and had already started taking steps to provide cushion for the next school year.

MU Medical School focuses on LGBT health

Jul 2, 2012

Health for the LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population is expected to become a focus of the MU Medical School.

UM Board of Curators Chair David Bradley says he is open to public input about the University of Missouri Press.

Dozens of supporters of the UM Press showed up during a Board of Curator’s public meeting on Tuesday. Some stayed until the end, but never got a chance to make their comments. Bradley says although he wasn’t aware of the gathering until just before the meeting, he is open to public input in the future.

Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver

Jun 29, 2012

Missouri elementary and secondary schools will now have more flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. More control is back in the hands of the state after the US Department of Education announced Missouri as one of five states granted a waiver Friday.

Missouri is among five additional states being granted waivers from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. A total of twenty-four states now have been approved for waivers, allowing flexibility in implementing the controversial law.

The University of Missouri is standing behind its cost-cutting decision to shutter the school's academic press.

Professors, graduate students and other supporters of the soon-to-be-closed University of Missouri Press attended Tuesday’s UM Board of Curators meeting.

David Luther is the assistant superintendent with the district. He says the school will offer seven different academies – something he refers to as “seven schools within a school.” These will align with a student’s possible career path, but are also fairly broad in nature.

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