education http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-school-board-loosens-normandy-transfer-rules <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)</span></strong></p><p>JEFFERSON CITY – With its president acknowledging that an earlier vote was an overreaction, the Missouri state board of education reversed itself Tuesday and broadened the terms under which students living in Normandy may transfer to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:19 +0000 Dale Singer 38258 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/progress-report-normandy-school-hiring-hits-80-percent-will-try-flipped-classrooms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>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.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:09:05 +0000 Dale Singer 38242 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teachers-learn-stem-itize-their-lessons <p>Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.</p><p>She points to a picture of the famous late 19th&nbsp;and early 20<sup>th</sup>-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.</p><p>“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said. &nbsp;</p><p>She then rattles off for her eighth-grade students Skłodowska-Curie’s list of accomplishments, including multiple Nobel Prizes and the discovery of two radioactive elements.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:29:57 +0000 Tim Lloyd 38083 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-vetoes-armed-teacher-bill-signs-common-core-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon vetoed on Monday a bill that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in the classroom, saying that ““arming teachers will not make our schools safer.”</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:10:26 +0000 Dale Singer 38052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-parents-sue-students-right-transfer-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several parents of students who live in the Normandy school district filed <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/07.14.2014_Final_Version_School_Transfer_Petition.pdf">suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court</a>&nbsp;Monday, challenging the state’s move to limit the number of students who may transfer out of Normandy to accredited school districts.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:40:01 +0000 Dale Singer 38034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out Partnership Spawns New KIPP School http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/partnership-spawns-new-kipp-school <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rodney Norman grew up in the St. Louis neighborhood near Mitchell School, though he didn’t go there, and he knows what the closure of the school did to the area near Page and </span>Goodfellow boulevards<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Now, say Norman and his wife, Juanita, they know what the reopening of the building, as the KIPP Victory Academy for 200 students in kindergarten and first grade, will mean when classes begin next month.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:15:52 +0000 Dale Singer 37984 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Partnership Spawns New KIPP School Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-board-starts-planning-new-school-year <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the dramas of the state takeover and the uncertainty of student transfers have mostly passed, the board of the new Normandy Schools Collaborative started working Monday night on their main goal: Raising student achievement.</span></p><p>Missouri's education commissioner Chris Nicastro sat at the board table while some of her assistants presented detailed plans on how to evaluate teaching and learning. The five board members heard the state’s plans for turning the district around.</p><p>In their presentation, the process was described this way:</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:27:00 +0000 Dale Singer 37855 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Board Starts Planning For New School Year New Law Protects Religious Expression At Missouri's Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-law-protects-religious-expression-missouris-public-schools <p>A newly signed law designed to protect religious expression in Missouri’s public schools reinforces a constitutional amendment passed two years ago, but some say that it could lead to fewer opportunities for students to express their religious views.</p><p>The law, <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills141/biltxt/truly/HB1303T.htm">HB1303</a>, was signed last week by Gov. Jay Nixon. Dubbed the “Missouri Student Religious Liberties Act,” it says that:</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:19:56 +0000 Dale Singer 37840 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Law Protects Religious Expression At Missouri's Public Schools The Rundown: Bridgeton Landfill, Normandy School Stay In The News http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rundown-bridgeton-landfill-normandy-school-stay-news-0 <p>We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:12:13 +0000 Donna Korando 37763 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Rundown: Bridgeton Landfill, Normandy School Stay In The News New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-normandy-begins-advice-determination-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before he gave the oath of office to the five appointed members of the new board of the Normandy Schools Collaborative Tuesday, state school board vice president Mike Jones also gave them some advice.</span></p><p>First, he told them that what they are doing is not community service, it is public service.</p><p>The difference?</p><p>“The community is always grateful for your service,” Jones said. “The public always is not.”</p><p>Then, he noted that while the Missouri state school board may have confirmed their appointments, the big job ahead is theirs.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:06:50 +0000 Dale Singer 37696 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Normandy Begins With Advice, Determination To Change