Education

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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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Columbia middle school students will be seeing more locally grown foods on their plates after the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the district a $100,000 grant.

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Rolling Stone magazine says "there now appear to be discrepancies" in its story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012, adding it had "come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced."

The University of Missouri is known for it’s School of Journalism. Every year, hundreds of freshmen from across the country come to school at MU to learn about news or sports broadcasting. But KBIA’s Jason Hoffman found one freshman who’s career in sports radio has an added challenge: He's blind.


Florida State University

  The University of Missouri has named Garnett Stokes as the new Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost. According to a press release, she will begin work on Feb. 2.

Stokes is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and got her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia in industrial/organizational psychology

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The University of Missouri is investigating a threat made on the anonymous social network site YikYak against the on-campus Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. 

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The University of Missouri hosted an open forum Wednesday for one of the four candidates for the new Title IX Administrator position.

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As we turn towards winter, the chance for school cancelations are increasing by the day. 

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MU NAACP, MU4MikeBrown, Four Front Council, and the Legion of Black Collegians encouraged students to wear black and walk out of class Tuesday afternoon before meeting in the student center to participate in a die-in.

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A lawmaker is drafting legislation to require Missouri universities create statewide tests for school children.

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