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EXAM: MU’s Title IX Policies Cause Headaches and Confusion for Faculty and Staff

Feb 16, 2015
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In October, University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin sent out a mass email to students, faculty and staff explaining faculty and staff are mandatory reporters of any form of discrimination under new Title IX policies.

For many of these new mandatory reporters, their new responsibilities have caused some confusion and concern. An online training program was launched a few months after the initial announcement to try to help clear the air. But, the training has caused its own confusion and headaches as well.


(Updated 3:09 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19)

On Thursday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that it was changing the deadline for Normandy students to apply for transfer to April 1.

"In light of the court ruling on Normandy’s accreditation coming after the Feb. 1 deadline to transfer," DESE said in a statement, "the department is updating its student transfer guidelines.

Loyola University of New Orleans

The first of the four finalists for the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism’s new dean will be on campus today.

Gary Myers, Dean of the MU School of Law, was head of the search committee that created the list of finalists. None of the candidates have extensive experience working with newspapers, but three have worked in television. According to Myers, this was not the focus of the search.

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  Missouri lawmakers are considering legislation that would require public school districts to sell certain vacant buildings to charter schools that request them.

Republican Rep. David Wood of Versailles on Monday discussed the measure, which is part of an effort to revamp the state's student transfer law.

Macon County Residents to Vote on a $13 Million Bond

Feb 10, 2015

Macon County residents will vote on a $13 million bond issue this April proposed by the R-1 Macon County Public School District. Residents can expect a 65 cent tax increase if the bond is successful. The revenue from the bond will fund overall school facility renovations outlined in the school’s concept plan.

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The UM System Board of Curators has decided to stick with the recommendations made by the Intercampus Faculty Council regarding representation at Title IX hearings.  The IFC decided to allow representation at the meetings but council cannot speak on behalf of people accused of sexual assault or the victims of sexual harassment. 

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The UM System Board of Curators has decided to stick with the recommendations made by the Intercampus Faculty Council regarding representation at Title IX hearings.  

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          Students at all University of Missouri campuses will have to pay more for tuition next year.  The UM System Board of Curators approved a plan Thursday to raise in-state tuition by 0.8 percent.  The new plan will also raise tuition for non-Missouri residents by three percent at the Columbia, St. Louis, and Rolla campuses. 

   The plan passed with a 6-to-1 vote.  David Steelman, the lone curator who voted against the increase, warned the board that constantly raising tuition could have negative long-term effects.

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Four finalists were announced today by Provost Garnett Stokes and Deputy Provost Ken Deanon. Each candidate will visit the campus for interviews and participate in an open forum .

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  Governor Nixon says high quality preschool programs are a great investment for the state, but continues to hold back money he asked for last year.

Nixon said holding those increases he proposed in January of last year is necessary to keep the budget balanced.

Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.

Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va. that was later discredited.

But the women at U.Va.'s sororities are outraged, calling the ban unnecessary and patronizing.

The University of Missouri System is doing well, president Tim Wolfe said Thursday, but some extra cash wouldn’t hurt.

“The quantity of students that we have are at all-time highs: 77,000 students. The quality of the students, as measured by their ACT score, now averages 26, which also is an all-time high,” Wolfe told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh. “The financial condition of the University of Missouri System is decent. Decent relative to our balancing the revenue and the expenses with the challenges that we have of keeping tuition low.”

  Researchers from the University of Missouri say nurses with post-graduate training can help improve the quality of health care.

In a recently published study by the MU Sinclair School of Nursing researchers found that care is better in states where advanced practice registered nurses, also known as APRNs, are allowed to practice independently. Examples of APRNs include nurse practitioners.

Title IX Training at MU Experiencing Problems

Jan 26, 2015
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An online system used to train employees from the four-campus University of Missouri system to address violations of a federal gender discrimination law has been fraught with problems.

Normany Public Schools

One of Missouri's lowest-performing school districts is searching for a new superintendent.

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Missouri is moving forward with testing for the national Common Core educational standards for schoolchildren.

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The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia is offering a buyout option for some of its academic administrators.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Jan 7, 2015

A link to school closings for 1/7/15

http://www.komu.com/view-closings-and-cancellations/

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The University of Missouri offered a buyout to 261 retirement-eligible tenure track faculty members, and we now know 110 have accepted the offer. 

Jefferson City Public Schools

The Jefferson City Public School District announced today it has found a new superintendent after a three month search. 

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  A new Missouri education commissioner has been chosen to replace a leader who faced frequent criticism while dealing with struggling districts. 

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Missouri higher education officials are backing off an attempt to make scholarships available to students at an online university.

A Republican lawmaker is trying to stop the Missouri Department of Higher Education from extending eligibility for a scholarship program to qualifying high school graduates who are in the country illegally.

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The Missouri Supreme Court decided it will not hear a case concerning the release of University of Missouri course syllabi to The National Council on Teacher Quality.

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a public records lawsuit filed by an education advocacy group that wanted access to professors' copies of course outlines.

The National Council on Teacher Quality sued in October 2012 to compel the release of University of Missouri course plans. A Boone County court ruled that the course plans are closed records protected by federal copyright law and an appeals court upheld that ruling.

The council sought the records as part of a nationwide project to evaluate what aspiring teachers learn in college.

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The Columbia Public School board approved a policy last night that allows Ron White and Ken Gregory, the director and assistant director of safety and security, to carry concealed firearms while on school grounds.

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For the past ten years, Columbia Public Schools has continued to see an increase in total enrollment, adding about 150 students every year. Despite this growth, the school district has tried to maintain the same class size, turning to trailers to add more classrooms. KBIA’s Kyle Norris tells us how the school district hopes to move away from this temporary fix by creating a more permanent space for growing classes.

Stephens College introduces new health sciences program

Dec 8, 2014
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  To keep women competitive in the workplace, Stephens College is adding a new Academy of Health Sciences. The academy will feature a variety of different curriculum including a co-ed program designed for K-12 to undergraduate students as well as a new Master of Physician Assistant program.

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