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7:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Concrete failure blamed in fatal walkway collapse

University Village Apartments
Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

An engineering review of a fatal Columbia walkway collapse near the University of Missouri has found that a concrete failure was to blame.

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Education
12:29 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

CPS announces names of two candidates for superintendent

Peter Stiepleman

Columbia Board of Education President Christine King announced in a letter to district staff Tuesday the board has narrowed its search for candidates for superintendent to two people.

One is an internal candidate: Dr. Peter Stiepleman. Stiepleman is currently the assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools. The other candidate is Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent for the Independence School District.

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Education
8:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

True/False education coordinator brings documentary film to Columbia students

Credit File Photo / KBIa

Polina Malikin has been the educational outreach coordinator for the True/False Film Festival for the past three years. 

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Education
5:28 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

MU students present research at Capitol for Undergraduate Research Day

University of Missouri senior Amber Forbis presents a poster about her work to a spectator of Undergraduate Research Day at the Missouri State Capitol on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Phil Bergman KBIA

Students from the four universities in the UM System presented their research to legislators and spectators earlier Tuesday at the State Capitol as part of Undergraduate Research Day. The symposium featured posters of 46 students from MU, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S&T. Of the students presenting, 20 were MU sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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Education
4:51 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The University of Missouri Veterinary School to receive donation

Credit Ethan West / KBIA

The University of Missouri’s Chancellor, R. Bowen Loftin, honored Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill Monday after the couple  donated $2.5 million to Mizzou’s school of Veterinary Medicine.

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Education
4:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Exam: Students exposed to documentary film through True/False, new MU documentary program

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Documentary film has been very prominent in Columbia in the past few weeks. The 11th True/False Film Festival ended Sunday, and a new documentary film program was recently added to the Missouri School of Journalism. This edition focuses on documentary film and its presence in education and students’ lives.

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Education
5:01 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Columbia Public Schools selects four candidates for superintendent position

The superintendent of schools position, left vacant by reitiring Superintendent Chris Belcher, has four final candidates under consideration of the Board of Education.
Kristofor Husted KBIA

Columbia Public Schools announced in an e-mail to staff Friday it decided on four final candidates to interview for the position of superintendent of schools. The Board of Education has not released the names of the candidates but will be interviewing them over several days to come.

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Education
5:55 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Senate approves student transfer bill

The bill approved by the Missouri Senate would allow for students to transfer schools within their own district, or outside their district with certain conditions.
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Missouri senators have approved legislation that would control student transfers from the state's most troubled school districts.

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Education
9:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Conference brings new perspective to documentary

The Based on a True Story conference kicks off today and hopes to provide a new perspective over the relationship between journalism and documentary filmmaking. The conference was started three years ago by MU Associate Professor of German Brad Prager.

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Education
9:07 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Reports detail response to Columbia collapse

Bruce Britt
Credit Columbia Fire Department

Police reports show that a firefighter killed in a Columbia walkway collapse was going door-to-door looking for trapped residents apparently because emergency responders thought they were dealing with a roof collapse.

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Education
8:59 am
Thu February 27, 2014

House panel adopts bill to block school standards

Credit Rachel Rice / KBIA

A Missouri House committee has advanced legislation that would block the state from implementing new education standards.

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Education
4:21 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Lincoln University to receive funds from USDA

Lincoln University in Jefferson City is to receive $999,000 for research and $299,000 for teaching from new grants according to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Credit Lincolnu.edu

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday new grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. The grant comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ohio House Representative Marcia Fudge brought up the program with the Department of Agriculture.

Vilsack said the Universities use the grants in multiple ways:

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Education
8:19 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill

Mo. Capitol
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:48 am

The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.

The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts.  Provisions within Senate Bill 493 include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.

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Education
8:16 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Contract for inquiry caps firm's billable hours

Sasha Menu Courey
Credit MU file photo

A contract shows the law firm hired by the University of Missouri Board of Curators to investigate how the University of Missouri handled a student's rape allegation has capped its billable hours at $120,000.

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Education
5:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

KOMU-TV's Stacey Woelfel named director of new documentary journalism center

KOMU-TV News Director, Stacey Woelfel.
Credit Janet Saidi / KBIA

  KOMU-TV News Director Stacey Woelfel has been named as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Dean Mills, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, announced Tuesday that Woelfel will begin his new position at the Murray Center in September.

Woelfel said he sees his responsibility as injecting the hands-on Missouri Method into the new documentary program.

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Education
8:32 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Joplin Schools superintendent discusses leadership, teamwork after tornado

The new Joplin High School
Credit ICSC

C.J. Huff received a text message from his father after he completed an interview on Fox News about how Joplin was planning on moving forward after the tornado.

"Saw you on Fox. So proud of you. Now show them what you can really do."

The text was encouraging, as Huff’s father knew his son would have a plan. Three years later, Huff laughed in front of an audience of educators, parents and students as he explained to them he didn’t have a plan.

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Education
5:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Stephens College receives largest donation in its history

President Dianne Lynch (right) and Nikki Krawitz (left) announced the historic donation Monday at Stephens College.
Credit Sara Pang

Stephens College announced a $15 million donation today by an anonymous donor, historically making it the largest gift the school has ever received. The donor has agreed that the college may use it to support its mission and invest in its future as it deems fit.

President Dianne Lynch said Stephens will invest the resources in strategic, creative ways that will help build on the college’s national prominence in both traditional academic programs and new areas of high marketplace demand.

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True/False Conversations
5:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Students make the rules in 'Approaching the Elephant'

In the documentary "Approaching the Elephant," Lucy attends a so-called free school in New Jersey where the kids call the shots.
Amanda Rose Wilder, Approaching the Elephant

Listen to Kristofor Husted's conversation with filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

In the film “Approaching the Elephant,” filmmaker Amanda Rose Wilder follows the students and teachers of a so-called free school in New Jersey where the students make the rules. Wilder, who mans the camera for the film, is a fly on the wall as the audience is taken through the school’s inaugural year and all of the problems that arise. 

Some students struggle with handling the school’s democratic structure while others thrive. The film culminates in some serious decisions regarding the future of the school, its tireless director and its most troublesome student.

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Education
4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Higher education will be needed to boost Missouri's future workforce

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The chairman of the Missouri House Higher Education committee spoke to students and staff at Westminster College today about the future of higher education.

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Education
4:15 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

MU orders all buildings to be inspected following housing collapse

Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

MU has ordered a safety inspection of all university-owned and leased buildings beginning Monday in response to a deadly structural collapse over the weekend.

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Education
11:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Fulton High School opens fabrication lab

Fulton
Credit KBIA

Last week, Fulton High School cut a ribbon for the only high school Fabrication Lab in Missouri. 

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Education
8:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Funeral times announced for Columbia firefighter

Bruce Britt
Credit Columbia Fire Department

The firefighter who died while helping to evacuate an apartment complex in Columbia will be remembered with services on Thursday.

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Breaking News
2:57 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Columbia firefighter killed while responding to structural collapse

Firefighters responded early Saturday to a structural collapse at the University Village Apartments.
Credit Miranda Metheny / KBIA

Columbia Fire Department Lieutenant Bruce Britt died early Saturday while responding to the collapse of a walkway at the MU-run University Village Apartments. According to a Columbia Fire Department press release, Britt sustained life threatening injuries while assisting citizens and was pronounced dead at University Hospital. 

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin offered his condolences to Britt's family in a statement Saturday.

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Education
4:58 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

CPS superintendent search proceeds with 19 applicants

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The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education, with help from the Missouri School Board Association, is continuing its search for a new superintendent of Columbia schools. The current superintendent, Chris Belcher, announced in January that he was planning to retire in June.

The Board began its search shortly after Belcher’s announcement and just closed the job posting February 14. Board President Christine King said there is a total 19 candidates.

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Education
2:27 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Common Core opponents rally at State Capitol

Opponents of Common Core rallied at the state capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Concerned Women for America of Missouri and the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core sponsored the event.
Credit Sarah Darby / KBIA News

The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and the Concerned Women for America of Missouri rallied against Common Core state school standards at the state capitol Tuesday.

Stacy Shore, a member of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and Concerned Women For America of Missouri, said the standards limit local control, raise privacy concerns and cost money the state doesn’t have. The standards seek to make education uniform nationwide.

“We know that Common Core is horribly flawed because we see it in our children and that’s the reason we’re here today,” Shore said.

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Education
8:01 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Mo. agency to oversee school district's finances

Chris Nicastro
Credit Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Missouri State Board of Education has voted to impose financial oversight on a St. Louis County school district facing bankruptcy.

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Education
4:34 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Exam: Davis talks diversity training, Loftin completes first two weeks as chancellor

R. Bowen Loftin
Credit George Varney / KBIA

Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month. He came out to his teammates last August—that season, he also became the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-2 record. Now, Sam could be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Education
4:21 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

New MU chancellor makes presence known in first two weeks on the job

R. Bowen Loftin
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Richard Bowen Loftin has made his presence on the MU campus feel like two years as opposed to the two weeks he has been in office. 

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Education
4:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Former NFL player talks diversity training for athletes

When former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay earlier this month, his story received national attention because he might become the NFL’s first openly gay player.

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Education
8:45 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Moberly approves new Early Childhood Learning Center

After sharing a facility with an alternative school for about 14 years, a Moberly School District program is receiving a new center to thrive in.

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