Education

Three Columbia schools were on modified lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon.

The corporations, the ag research, and the money

Jun 13, 2012
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A report in April from the Washington based environmental group Food and Water Watch researched the relationship between public universities and the corporations that give the schools agriculture research grants. The study found that corporate money was accounting for a large part of funding to agriculture schools all around the country, including the University of Missouri.

Douglass Park summer lunch program begins

Jun 13, 2012
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A program that provides free daily meals to children from low-income families  is under way this week  in Columbia. The Lunch in the Park program fills a need that arises when the school year ends. Many children who receive free and reduced-price meals during the school year may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer.

The program, a partnership between the Health Department and the Volunteer Action Center, can serve more than 100 kids each day. Lunch in the Park also provides entertainment and educational activities.

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A national education organization has filed a lawsuit against Lincoln University in Jefferson City over access to records.

Calls to save UM Press gain online support

Jun 11, 2012
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Online supporters of the University of Missouri Press are gaining members from around the world and asking the University of Missouri’s president to save the press.

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Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill into law today that calls for more uniformity among higher education institutions in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced earlier this week that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri has been approved for state tax credits. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri received $102,782 in state tax credits under the Department of Economic Development’s Youth Opportunities Program.

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New appointees to the University of Missouri Board of Curators were welcomed to their positions Wednesday morning.

MU engineering researchers fly to Iraq

Jun 5, 2012

Researchers from the MU College of Engineering plan to fly to Iraq on June 17th as part of a new collaboration with the University of Technology in Baghdad.

Columbia School District to receive less funding

Jun 1, 2012
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The Columbia Public School district will receive about $400,000 less funding from the state next year compared to the previous year. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, announced its preliminary allocation plan last week. The estimation is based on the state foundation formula. DESE’s spokesperson Sarah Potter says the state doesn’t have enough money to keep up with the foundation formula, which has been in effect for six years.

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Students planning on living at the Brookside on College apartments this fall might not find themselves too far away.

Lincoln University cuts December commencement for now

May 31, 2012
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December graduates at Lincoln University are going to have to wait another five months before they can walk across the stage. Lincoln is suspending December commencement activities until further notice.

Truman State University Press keeps booking

May 31, 2012
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Despite the announcement of the plan to close the University of Missouri Press, another university press in Missouri is resilient.

The advocacy group, Missouri Preservation announced Wednesday that Boonville’s Central Elementary School was on its Most Endangered Historic Places List for 2012.

Officials of Missouri colleges and universities will gather next week for a day-long conference on issues including finances and academic quality.

The state Coordinating Board for Higher Educations is sponsoring the June 7 meeting in Columbia. It's expected to draw about 100 top administrators and members of governing boards, along with leaders of national organizations.

School districts get annual state aid estimates

May 30, 2012
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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has informed each school district in the state of its annual aid estimates.

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The latest U.S. Department of Education figures show Missouri’s average student loan default rates are lower than the national average and institutions paired with the Missouri Department of Higher Education have even lower rates.

Parents with students in the Columbia Public School District may have easier access to their child’s school records in the upcoming school year.

University of Missouri Press to be eliminated

May 24, 2012
KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri Press will close. That’s according to a press release issued today by the University of Missouri system. The UM system provides the University of Missouri Press with a $400,000 yearly subsidy, and according to the press release, the Press has been unable to operate without a deficit in recent years.

KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.

A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.

An EF-5 tornado struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.

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Members of the Columbia Board of Education are considering a proposal that would change how student transportation operates within Columbia Public Schools.

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The state of Missouri is providing $2.3 million to help build special rooms at five Joplin schools designed to withstand severe weather.

MU's Tiger Spot gone

May 14, 2012
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More than 10 years after it was created, the Tiger Spot mosaic in front of MU’s Ellis Library was torn apart and hauled away Monday morning.

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The price of student lunches will go up 10 cents starting in the fall of 2012. A 2010 federal requirement says school districts must generate enough revenue to pay for the cost of lunches themselves.

CPS students will pay more for their food

May 11, 2012
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Lunch prices at Columbia Public Schools will rise next year.

Barbara Leonhard, 60, is an instructor in the Intensive English Program and English-language Support Program at MU. In fall of 2008, she met her Chinese student Brandon Du, who practices Tai Chi. Because of their common interests in Tai Chi, they spent a lot of time together. In 2009, Leonhard visited China after being invited by Du’s family.

Jane O’Toole plays more roles in her life than most people around you.

She’s the founder of Xiao Lao Hu (Little Tiger) pre-school; she’s an instructor at the MU Asian Affairs Center; she’s the vice president of Columbia Friends of China; she’s the mom of three kids; she’s also a super Chinese culture fan in her friends’ eyes. In her own words, her life revolves around her passion for China.

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The University of Missouri-Kansas City is considering changing its name to the University of Kansas City.

In China, the United States is widely regarded as the best place to send students who want a quality education. KBIA surveyed MU students who came from China to the United States so that they could attend college at the University of Missouri. They were asked about the difficulty of the application process, what they like and dislike about the university and what they plan to do after they graduate. It was found that almost half of the students came to MU through an agency to help them with the college application process.

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