With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.
But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 3:08 pm
JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.
But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.
A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.
The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.
Missouri lawmakers are facing pressure to address a student transfer law and unaccredited school districts.
The law requires school districts without state accreditation to cover the costs for students who want to attend an accredited district within the same county or a bordering one. It makes no exceptions for those without room for new students.
Missouri now has three unaccredited districts. About 2,000 students have transferred from two districts in St. Louis County and transfers could start soon in Kansas City.
Two Missouri Democratic lawmakers are calling for state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to step down, saying she has demonstrated a tendency "to abuse power."
Sen. Paul LeVota, of Independence, and House member Genise Montecillo, of St. Louis, said in a statement Tuesday the most recent example arose in recently disclosed emails from the education department dealing with a ballot measure to end teacher tenure and require that student performance guide employment decisions.
A group of Missouri school superintendents has developed an alternative to a state law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited to accredited districts.
The Kansas City Star reports that under the plan, students in struggling districts could transfer to better-performing schools in their home districts. And after five years of failure, districts could be dissolved and distributed to accredited districts.
Two months after the start of a new school year, a new report shows that most of the students who transferred from a pair of failing St. Louis County school districts remain at the better-performing suburban schools where they relocated to.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a plan to build an $850,000 building for the Early Childhood Program in Moberly.
The state of Missouri will reimburse the district for 57 percent of the cost through its Special Education Finance Section. Director of Special Services Jim Johnson says the new building is necessary due to the state of the current structure.
A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.
The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.
As the Missouri General Assembly Joint Committee on Education considered teacher tenure and human resources in a hearing Tuesday, a report by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows a teacher shortage in specific areas for the 2013-2014 school year.
A total of 11 areas had teacher shortages in Missouri:
A Camdenton middle school principal has resigned after allegations were raised about mishandling of procedures for annual state tests.
The Camdenton Board of Education announced today that it had accepted the resignation of Sean Kirksey, who had been on administrative leave during an investigation into procedures for administering the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP, tests. The board said it would honor the rest of Kirksey's contract.
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation that seeks to set up scholarships to help special-needs children get services from private facilities or other public schools.
The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships. Called "Bryce's Law," the measure is named after the 6-year-old autistic grandson of the legislation's sponsor, House member Dwight Scharnhorst. Bryce died of epilepsy in 2007.