Education

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A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Gov. Jay Nixon won't go to a group creating tests for the Common Core education standards.

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A group of students is asking the University of Missouri to strengthen its policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.

RESPOND program to educate on mental health

Nov 21, 2014
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The University of Missouri announced the launch RESPOND, a program focused on educating students and faculty to aid others on campus with mental health issues. The program was launched on November 6 at a launch and reception event in the MU Student Center.

Missouri is attracting to foreign students

Nov 21, 2014

Foreign students are finding their way to Missouri and attending the state’s universities.

West Middle School may soon have a new crosswalk

Nov 20, 2014
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West Middle School students may have a safer walk to school if a new crosswalk gets approved by city council. The Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission officially recommended a crosswalk on Broadway, in between Stadium Boulevard and Clinkscales Road, to the Columbia City Council yesterday. The project was brought to the Commission by a concerned resident who lives around the school. West Middle School Principal Dr. Connie Dewey says a crosswalk would benefit students, especially in the...

A University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine professor granted MU one million dollars Thursday. The money will fund the Frank Booth Fellowship in Physical Activity and Health in the MU School of Medicine and research in those areas. MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin says it is obvious that Dr. Booth is passionate about helping people remain healthy throughout their lifetimes. “In his 15 years at MU, Frank Booth has worked tirelessly to research exercise in animals and people and the...

In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. Gentry Middle School has more students than any other middle school in the Columbia Public School District. You can see the exact enrollment numbers below: When looking at this graph it’s clear to see from 2013 to 2014 enrollment in each school dropped dramatically. One reason is because all six schools are now...

Columbia public schools offer online gym class

Nov 20, 2014
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Two Columbia public high schools are offering an online physical education program class.

The students in Mrs. Neales’ class were all smiles as they sat on the music-themed rug, merrily strumming their ukuleles while the rest of the class sang along. The ten ukuleles were purchased through a $625 grant by the Links of Learning program. This program awarded over $98,000 to Columbia area teachers this year.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has withheld state funding from two organizations aimed to educate Missouri's youth.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City will offer a one-year MBA program with free tuition beginning next fall. The program offered through the Henry W. Bloch School of Management is similar to programs offered at about 20 institutions around the country.

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By the year 2021, every student in the Columbia Public Schools (CPS) district from fifth grade on will have a personal electronic device. “This year we started one to one in all of our fifth grade classes with iPad minis. So, our fifth grade kids and students are learning to kind of digitize their curriculum and next year they will be sixth graders, and so we’ll give another group of fifth graders iPads and it’ll continue on their way up,” CPS Coordinator of Instructional Technology Julie Nichols said.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Nov 17, 2014

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Missouri schools were unsafe for LGBT students in 2013

Nov 17, 2014
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A National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network revealed that Missouri secondary schools were not safe for LGBT student in 2013.

Online Classes on the rise in Columbia Public Schools

Nov 14, 2014
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Columbia Public Schools (CPS) started making online classes available for high school students 7 years ago. It was pushed as a district initiative, not individually. That means students from Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School and Battle High School take online classes together. While CPS develops some online classes on their own, most courses being used are from separate vendors. As of now, the CPS has contractual deals with Aventa Learning by K12 and Apex Learning. Contracts are...

Common Core Reading: The High Achievers

Nov 13, 2014

Part 2 in a four-part series on reading in the Common Core era. Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards. She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to...

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Kids of Columbia Public schools can expect to ride in new busses starting next fall.

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The district’s first Early Childhood Leaning Center is scheduled to open in January 2017. District Superintendent Peter Stiepleman said the district has been looking for ways to help unify the early childhood learning program in the district. Early education programs currently are spread out throughout the district in various buildings. However, he said the new building will greatly benefit both Columbia teachers and Columbia’s youngest learners.

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Columbia Public Schools (CPS) broke ground Monday on a new elementary school in southwest Columbia which would likely change the attendance areas of six nearby elementary schools. The groundbreaking ceremony for the school, currently called “South Elementary” until it is officially named, took place this afternoon. Meetings began last week to determine the attendance zone boundaries of the new elementary school, which is planned to open for students for the 2016 school year. Another new...

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We conclude our three part series called A Teachable Moment, which looks at how events in Ferguson are being talked about in St. Louis-area classrooms and schools. Later on in the show, we’ll hear how small grants awarded to teachers in Columbia Public Schools can make a big difference in the classroom.

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North Callaway High School will host its first book fair at a Columbia Mall Barnes and Noble. The book fair is Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.

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We're halfway into the first year of Columbia School District’s re-alignment, the most noticeable change being the addition of Battle High School. KBIA is looking at the process of re-alignment, its effects, and what the district is planning for the future. Kansas City based firm RSP & Associates is crunching numbers for the current round of Columbia Public Schools (CPS) district re-alignment. The same firm was also hired to do data analysis for the district re-alignments leading up to the opening of Battle High School. The firm collected data on the district including enrollment and the number of students on free and reduced lunch. The data was used to create different scenarios of boundary re-alignment which were then sent to the secondary enrollment planning committee for consideration.

MU helps educate Girl Scouts about science

Nov 7, 2014
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Around 130 junior Girl Scouts will come to the University of Missouri Saturday for a workshop called “The Magic of Chemistry.”

A trade group representing more than 1,400 for-profit colleges has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over regulations aimed at curbing industry abuses. The group seeks to stop a federal regulation, known as the "gainful employment rule," that was formally put into place last week by the U.S. Department of Education. The rule restricts access to federal student-aid dollars for institutions deemed to have too many students who struggle to pay back their student loans. The rule is...

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This week, we continue our series called A Teachable Moment, which looks at how issues related to Ferguson are being discussed in area classrooms. Later on in the show, we’ll hear how Missouri’s Common Core rewrite may not produce education standards that are very different from the current standards.

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Since September, parents, educators and business leaders have been working to try to rewrite the Common Core standards. Missouri first adopted Common Core in 2010 and is one of 45 states using the national standards for grades K-12. So far, the committees in charge of rewriting Common Core have had meetings full of heated arguments and lots of confusion as they try to prepare a recommendation for the Board of Education by October 2015. I spoke with Dr. Barbara Reys, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum at MU, about why these committees may not be able to make the best decisions about education in Missouri.

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MU Off-Campus Student services partnered with the Missouri National Guard Tuesday afternoon to talk to students about enhancing safety. The monthly event series is called Mizzou Aware and is put on by the Wellness Center in hopes of promoting student, faculty and staff awareness and to encourage better knowledge of one's surroundings and environment.

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Some child-care providers in Joplin are upset with a proposal to expand the size of the Joplin School District's early childhood program. District administrators want to build a $14 million early childhood center that could double enrollment in the program. They say the expansion would meet a community need and allow the district to prepare students for kindergarten.

Rock Bridge, Hickman attendance improves year after Battle

Oct 28, 2014
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In the coming weeks, KBIA will be reporting on what effect the addition of Battle High School and the restructuring of middle schools have had on Columbia Public Schools overall. If you have any questions or comments please tweet us at @CoMoExp or comment below. Since Battle High School started in Fall 2013, Rock Bridge High School’s official enrollment has increased but Hickman High School’s has decreased. As far as demographics Hickman has seen a drop in black students and a rise in white...

Every second Monday, Broadway Brewery in downtown Columbia is packed by 6:00 p.m. Half of the restaurant is filled with people having dinner or a beer at the bar. But on the other side, tables and chairs are packed into a crowded space for this month’s Science Cafe. Science Cafe is a community program started by the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU. Each month, the Cafe brings a different researcher or professor to give a lecture about their field of study. But this lesson isn’t like the ones...

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