Education

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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. 

A joint House-Senate legislative committee on education got an earful on failing K-12 schools in Missouri's urban areas.

The committee initially met Wednesday to hear a progress report on replacing Common Core State Standards with standards drafted by Missouri-based education work groups. Those work groups were created by the passage last year of a bill scrapping Common Core in Missouri.

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A new Muslim school and community center is expected to open by June 2016 in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the 14,000-square-foot building will have nine classrooms on the top floor for the Islamic School of Columbia. The bottom floor will include the school's administrative offices, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a free health clinic and space for Friday prayers.

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Stephens College has raised its full-time employee minimum wage to $10 per hour.

The change became effective with the start of the school's fiscal year on July 1. Employees mainly affected by the shift are in service or maintenance roles, including those who clean, take care of the grounds, handle recycling and trash pickup.

Normandy Schools kicks off its third year without accreditation Monday. Fellow north St. Louis County school district Riverview Gardens also remains unaccredited.

Saturday non-profit Beyond Housing held a resource fair designed to get families ready — and excited — for the school year.

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The University of Missouri-Columbia is starting the year with one new and two renovated residence halls.

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  A new report from the state auditor's office shows the Joplin School District has taken steps to better comply with the state's open meetings law.

Most Missouri students scored at least proficient in English on a new statewide test last school year, while students in most grades scored lower in math.

The scores released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are the first from a new assessment given in the spring.

Revised English and math standards based on the national Common Core guidelines for student learning were fully implemented for the first time last school year. The test was meant to gauge how well students are learning those new standards.

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  A new report shows a Missouri agency doesn't plan to recover what an audit described as about $1.5 million in overpayments for an early childhood development program.

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  More than 1,170 Missouri students from two failing St. Louis-area school systems have been placed in other districts this year. 

  Missouri Tech students are now without a school after it abruptly closed its doors in St. Charles without warning.

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  The University of Missouri says it will give a 10 percent tuition discount to Missouri students enrolled in a full degree program online.

Missouri needs to strike a balance between making sure that all teachers are prepared to enter the classroom and that minorities and women are treated fairly by tests that certify them to teach.

That balance was a main topic of discussion Tuesday at a joint meeting in Columbia between the state Board of Education, which represents interests of K-12 school districts, and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, which governs public colleges and universities in the state.

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  The status of legislation to block scholarships and financial aid for Missouri students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. is being disputed.

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  University of Missouri officials will appeal a loss of accreditation for the school's master's program in library science.

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  More than $4 million will go to support AmeriCorps civil service volunteers throughout Missouri.

Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich of a bill to go to the president.

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Sexual education classes in some Missouri schools soon must include information about the dangers of online sexual predators and sexting.

Jefferson City Public Schools

  The Jefferson City Public School system is under new leadership. On July 1st, Larry Linthacum began as superintendent of the district. He was appointed to replace former superintendent Brian Mitchell with a unanimous vote by the school board last December.

New Westminster College President Takes Office

Jul 3, 2015
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  Westminster College in Fulton is under the direction of a new President. Dr. Benjamin Akande officially took over as the twenty-first President in Westminster history on July 1.

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President of University of Missouri System Tim Wolfe spoke to the Board of Curators today about the future of University of Missouri campuses.

He talked about three main goals that will not only brighten the future of UM System schools, but also give them a single unifying vision.

One topic Wolfe discussed was the way the campuses handled Title IX, which aims to help with sex-based discrimination and campus safety. He says that the UM System’s forward thinking and diligence in regards to this statute has placed it as a leader among Universities.

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  Multiple Missouri lawmakers say Democratic Governor Jay Nixon will veto a bill aimed at revamping the state's student transfer law.

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