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4:17 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. court upholds student transfer law in KC case

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The Missouri Supreme Court has again upheld a law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students who chose to attend elsewhere.

The court's unanimous decision Tuesday applies to the Kansas City School District and its suburban neighbors. A similar ruling earlier this year dealt with St. Louis area schools.

A 1993 Missouri law requires unaccredited school districts to cover the costs for students to attend nearby accredited schools.

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Education
8:45 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Mo. Gov.: Good time to monitor ed. chief concerns

Chris Nicastro
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says it is a good time for the state Board of Education to "monitor and evaluate" concerns raised about Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

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Education
5:10 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Springfield studying new graduation requirements

The Springfield school district is discussing how to make high school, particularly the senior year, more challenging for its students.

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Education
8:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

TIGER program helps to ease the loss of a pet

The loss of a pet can be difficult for some to go through.

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine implemented a new program that helps pet owners and veterinary students go through losing a pet. TIGER, or Together In Grief Easing Recovery, was developed as a collaboration between the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction and the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

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Education
5:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New chancellor to build from MU's strengths

R. Bowen Loftin was named the 22nd chancellor of MU on Dec. 5, 2013.
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The University of Missouri Columbia named its new chancellor Thursday. R. Bowen Loftin, who announced in July he was stepping down as Texas A&M’s president, will now take over as chancellor for MU on Feb. 1, 2014.

Before becoming president of Texas A&M in 2010, the 64-year-old Texas native served as a professor of engineering and held leadership roles at Dominion University and University of Houston.

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Education
8:42 am
Thu December 5, 2013

CPS officials discuss truancy with community violence task force

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Columbia Public Schools is working to improve class attendance rates.

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Education
7:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Nixon addresses Columbia educators at mental health first aid training

Gov. Jay Nixon
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As part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s mental health initiative program, two hundred Missouri K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators gathered in Columbia this week to learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

Jermine Alberty is a mental health first-aid instructor. He says one of the first things he does in a session is ask his trainees to write down derogatory terms related to mental illness.

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Education
6:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

MU announces R. Bowen Loftin as new Chancellor [live blog]

R. Bowen Loftin
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KBIA is covering the announcement of MU's next chancellor live and online. Check this space regularly for updates.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced today the appointment of R. Bowen Loftin as MU's next chancellor. Loftin previously served as president of Texas A&M from 2010 to last July.

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Education
5:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

MU to announce next chancellor

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The University of Missouri plans to announce its next chancellor on December 5th, in the Donald W. Reynolds Alumni Center.

Former chancellor Brady Deaton retired on November 15th, and had served as chancellor of the university for 9 years. Many faculty members anxiously await the announcement of the new chancellor, especially those who have worked under multiple chancellors.

Professor of Biochemistry Frank Schmidt said he’s seen two types of chancellors at MU over the years.

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Education
7:25 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. education committee releases report

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A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.

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Education
8:13 am
Mon December 2, 2013

5 Mo. universities work to offer more ag classes

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Five Missouri universities are working together to offer students a broader agriculture education.

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Education
8:49 am
Fri November 29, 2013

MU working on medical school expansion plan

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The University of Missouri wants to establish a clinical campus in Springfield in an expansion of the university's medical school, but first it needs a 5,000- to 6,000-square-foot building between the city's two major hospitals.

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Education
5:29 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

UM Board of Curators continues search for MU chancellor

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The search for a new University of Missouri chancellor continues.

After the University of Missouri's governing board held a closed meeting on Wednesday, UM system spokesperson John Fougere said there will not be an announcement made today regarding Brady Deaton's replacement. The governing board held a similar meeting this past Sunday evening.

General counsel Steve Owens is serving as the interim chancellor until university system president Tim Wolfe makes a new hire.

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PM Newscasts
5:45 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Newscast for November 26, 2013

News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Details on a clinical testing facility slated to open in Columbia in 2014
  • A Jefferson City man gets the death penalty for a 2009 murder
  • Two state legislators want the state education commissioner to resign
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Education
5:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Nixon proposes changes for Missouri scholarship program

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Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing changes to Missouri's Bright Flight college scholarship aimed at encouraging top-ranking high school students to remain in the state for college.

Nixon was traveling Monday to Kansas City and Kirksville to discuss possible improvements to the academic scholarship. The Democratic governor told higher education officials in October that he would propose new resources for financial aid and scholarship programs.

Nixon said at that time he was working to enhance Bright Flight to ensure the best students remain in Missouri for college and afterward.

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