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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.

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  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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  A Jasper County judge says three recent appointments to the Joplin Board of Education did not violate state statute.

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  A group of St. Louis-area schools are pledging to help two failing districts get back on track.

Former UM System President Remembered For Hard Work

Jun 22, 2015
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The first African-American University of Missouri System President died Saturday due to complications from colon cancer. Elson Floyd was UM System president from 2003 to 2007.

After working in the UM System, Floyd moved on to Washington State University. Those who worked with Floyd said he was a likable and hardworking man. He was also a dynamic person who was always on the hunt for a solution. 

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Fraternity and sorority leaders discussed possible changes to Greek campus life with University of Missouri officials this weekend at the Chancellor’s Summit on Sexual Assault and Student Safety in Fraternity Houses.

 


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A former president of the University of Missouri system, Elson Floyd, has died at 59 of complications from colon cancer.

Floyd had been president at Washington State University since 2007 and went on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital.

A Columbia high-school student earned a perfect score on the ACT the first time the state picked up the tab for the college-entrance exam. 

Sexual Violence Prevention Plan For MU Sororities Set

Jun 18, 2015
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The University of Missouri’s Panhellenic Association will implement a new sexual violence prevention plan this fall semester for sororities. It will reach about five thousand college-aged women.

Carolyn Welter, Vice President of public relations for the association, said that educating women can help raise awareness of sexual violence issues happening around them. She said it can also help reduce the number of sexual assaults in the community. 

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Missouri school districts will be able to obtain the results of background checks more quickly thanks to a new website.

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  Missouri officials are proposing changes after aspiring teachers struggled on new educator certification exams, particularly those for math and science. 

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  A nurse spurred by the racial unrest in Ferguson following last summer's police shooting death of Michael Brown is giving prospective nurses from that St. Louis suburb an educational break. 

Stephens College

Stephens College has named Susan Muller dean of the School of Health Sciences. Muller will be the first dean of the newly created School of Health Sciences at Stephens College. Muller led the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Murray State University for three years.

Plan for New Cedar Ridge Elementary Moves Forward

Jun 10, 2015

The Columbia Board of Education is pushing forward a plan for a new school on the east side of town.

The board approved the 26 acre land purchase agreement for the new Cedar Ridge Elementary School at its meeting on Monday.

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It's the end of an era for a northeast Missouri school district.

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  Thanks to a $35,000 grant, the Kirksville Area Technical Center will now be able to implement an engineering program for high school students. 

The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening in your state.

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The Columbia Board of Education is scheduled to consider adding "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the school district's nondiscrimination policy.

Both the Kansas City and St. Louis metro areas have a claim to this year’s national spelling bee title. 

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Charlie Shields of St. Joseph will serve as president of the Missouri State Board of Education after being elected to a two-year term.

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Gov. Jay Nixon said the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $10 million in state funds for a new learning center in its business school.

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   The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education unanimously rejected reinstating a pay step increase for teachers that taught in the district during the 2008-2009 school year.

Because of the missed pay step, teachers hired since that time have a higher pay scale than these longer serving teachers. School Board President James Whitt said the district is in deficit spending, and is not in the financial shape necessary to reinstate the pay increase.

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A bill aimed at clamping down on bullying and preventing suicides in Missouri schools is nearing passage.

The legislation passed 129-19 by the House on Monday would require school anti-bullying policies to include stricter procedures for reporting, investigating and responding to bullying.

About 40 years ago, the Individuals with Disabilities Acts, or IDEA, radically changed special education throughout the United States. Many of these changes involved including students into the general education classroom buildings, closing many fully state funded schools for the disabled. Missouri, the last state with these schools, still has 34 of them.

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  Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande will serve as the next president of Westminster College.

With a Ph.D. in economics, Akande is the former dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.

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