K-12 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-budget-bills-k-12-higher-education <p>The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 02:53:46 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35681 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-cuts-22-million-education-funding-says-gop-lawmakers-forced-his-hand <p>Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education. &nbsp;</p><p>Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:16:14 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35217 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-committee-begins-reviewing-state-budget-passed-house <p>Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:49:57 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35112 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House Audit Claims Mo. K-12 Schools Could Save Money By Changing Bond Bidding Process http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/audit-claims-mo-k-12-schools-could-save-money-changing-bond-bidding-process <p>A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.</p><p><a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Index.aspx"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Auditor Tom </span>Schweich</a> (R)<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:22:37 +0000 Marshall Griffin & The Associated Press 31373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Audit Claims Mo. K-12 Schools Could Save Money By Changing Bond Bidding Process Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-pledges-raise-missouris-k-12-budget-next-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days after pledging to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-says-hell-propose-substantially-larger-mo-higher-ed-budget-next-year">significantly raise Missouri's Higher Education budget</a> next year, <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D) on Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state's public schools.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:58:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 30890 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year Mo. NEA President Chris Guinther Talks K-12 Funding & Common Core In Exit Interview http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-nea-president-chris-guinther-talks-k-12-funding-common-core-exit-interview <p>Chris Guinther&nbsp;is wrapping up her final month as President of the Missouri chapter of the National Education Association. She’s led the teachers’ union since 2007, and will return to the classroom full-time at Francis Howell schools in St. Charles.&nbsp; St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin sat down with Guinther recently, where she talked about the challenges she says are facing Missouri’s public schools:</p><p></p><p><strong><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Some good news that reflects positively on Missouri’s public schools</span></strong></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 27968 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. NEA President Chris Guinther Talks K-12 Funding & Common Core In Exit Interview DESE Moving To Fully Implement 'Common Core State Standards' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dese-moving-fully-implement-common-core-state-standards <p>The <a href="http://dese.mo.gov/">Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)</a> is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.</p><p>Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the<a href="http://www.corestandards.org/"> Common Core State Standards</a> initiative.</p><p>“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:58 +0000 Marshall Griffin 25027 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org DESE Moving To Fully Implement 'Common Core State Standards' Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teaching-evolution-k-12-schools-would-be-regulated-under-mo-house-bill <p>State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/">Missouri House</a>.</p><p>If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.&nbsp; The sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2013&amp;district=099">State Representative&nbsp;Andrew Koenig</a> (R, Winchester), says&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB179&amp;year=2013&amp;code=R">House Bill 179</a>&nbsp;stresses academic freedom.</p><p>“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.&nbsp; "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.” Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:36:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 9530 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/record-funding-k-12-mo-education-budget-still-below-formula-level <p>A new spending plan for K-12 education in Missouri is now law.</p><p>Gov. Jay Nixon signed the education budget last night at a Kansas City-area Boys State event.</p><p>The budget includes record funding for public schools, but remains below the levels called for in the state&#39;s education funding formula. A fix was supposed to be a priority for lawmakers in the last legislative session, but the Republican Party couldn&#39;t agree on a solution.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:18:48 +0000 Tim Lloyd 3930 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level 2012 Missouri legislative session ends http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2012-missouri-legislative-session-ends-0 <p>Missouri lawmakers have wrapped up the 2012 legislative session.&nbsp; They passed 115 bills this year, nearly 50 of them on the final day alone.&nbsp; But as St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin tells us, several high-priority issues didn&rsquo;t make it to the finish line. Sat, 19 May 2012 06:26:22 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2012 Missouri legislative session ends