Education

Exam: Talking with Columbia's school board candidates

Mar 26, 2012

This week on the show, you’ll hear from a couple of the candidates running for the school board in Columbia.

Schools in Missouri are adjusting curricula to meet new national standards. Missouri is one of 45 states around the country that has adopted a new set of standards for K through 12 school curriculums.  

The Missouri House has passed all 13 bills that make up the state’s budget and sent them to the Senate.  The process took longer than expected, because of the large number of Democrats who took issue with cutting funding to blind pensions and for not spending enough on K-through-12 schools. 

MU archaeology program reacts to predicted industry job growth

Mar 19, 2012
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In an archaeological ceramics class at MU, students are learning how humans in the past made pottery. But about three years ago, anthropology professor Todd VanPool started another class in response to a growing demand for professional archaeologists. Over the summer, students can earn credit for fieldwork at a dig site in New Mexico.

“They can learn how to, uh, use the tools properly, how to fill out the forms and do all the things that we expect from professional archaeologists,” VanPool said.

Exam: March 19, 2012

Mar 19, 2012
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This week’s show is all about the University of Missouri. MUs Nuclear Science Engineering Institute ceased to exist last week. The law school has recovered a bit in the national rankings. And increased demand for archeologists in the state has prompted a new program at MU.

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The group of Kansas City business leaders who tried unsuccessfully to keep Missouri from leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC included former University of Missouri president Gary Forsee.

Military Academy names new president

Mar 16, 2012
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The Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. has a new president. The school’s board of directors named Tony McGeorge to the position, and he will begin the job in July.

MU Law School climbs rankings

Mar 15, 2012
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The University of Missouri’s Law School has climbed 28 places in U.S. News and World Report’s latest law school rankings.

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On Thursday, MU’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute will cease to exist. The nuclear engineering department has been split in two, with the transition expected to be finalized by July 1.

Exam: March 12, 2012

Mar 12, 2012
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This week on Exam, we talk with the future Principal of Battle High School in Columbia about her plans for the school, and we’ll tell you about the University of Missouri’s partnership with China.

MU-China partnership affects local schools

Mar 12, 2012
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The Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri was established in April of 2011 in order to foster economic and educational connections between Missouri and China. Since its establishment, the Institute has partnered with local schools to bring the Chinese language and culture to children grades K-12.

Catching up with the future principal of Battle HS

Mar 12, 2012
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Battle High School won’t open its doors until August 2013, but the school’s future principal is already busy making plans. KBIA’s Camille Phillips recently caught up with Dr. Kim Presko at Oakland Junior High, where she has been principal for the past twelve years.

Student leaders at the University of Missouri want the school to speed up its move to a smoke-free campus.

Residents of Columbia will be voting on ballot measures that will fund future projects for Columbia Public Schools. The measures would help fund projects that will begin in 2014, and some residents feel that it’s the right time to look towards the future of Columbia Public Schools. 

The House Budget Committee approved a plan Wednesday to reverse Governor Nixon’s proposed cuts to the Higher Education Budget. 

New student housing could cause parking problems

Mar 6, 2012

Last night, the Columbia City Council approved a zoning request for new student housing, which will be put in on Locust Street between Hitt and Waugh Streets. But the decision has many parents and school board officials from Lee Elementary School expressing their concerns about the future increase in traffic. 

Students push for UM Curators vote

Mar 5, 2012

Students at the University of Missouri are ramping up their efforts to change the status of the student representative on the system's Board of Curators. Bill Raack reports that legislation to give the student curator voting rights is working its way through the Missouri General Assembly.

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The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.

State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing more than $5 million that had been withheld from public education because of budget concerns. 

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The Big 12 conference announced its agreement with MU on its website Tuesday afternoon. Here is the text of the article posted on the conference's website:

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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke to the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council Thursday before its regularly scheduled meeting. This was the council's first meeting since the University system's Board of Curators approved tuition increases that leave the system with a $47.1 million budget gap.

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Missouri’s men’s basketball game against Kansas on Saturday was the 267th time the teams have played.  But it could be one of the last times the long time rivals will compete since MU is moving to the Southeastern Conference next year.  Opposing petitions have sprung up in Kansas and Missouri to either save or end the Border Showdown.

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This week on the show: Brady Deaton talks with the MU Faculty Council for the first time since announced cuts. Plus, a little discussion of the future of the MU-KU rivalry.

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MU Extension will premiere a documentary about the life of Eliot Battle, a long time educator and counselor for Columbia Public Schools.

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The Fulton Public Schools Superintendent says there won’t be extensive cuts to the district’s budget for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

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Stephens College is reorganizing, in a move that won’t cost more money, but will shuffle departments and faculty.

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Truman State University administrators created a coalition to find ways to adjust to budget cuts earlier this month.  Now, the student member of the coalition, Ryan Nely is forming a similar coalition of all students.

Eleven states have been issued waivers from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but Missouri was not one of them.  But as Maria Altman reports, the State Board of Education is trying to change that.

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