Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Normandy Not Bankrupt Now, But Its Future Remains Cloudy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-not-bankrupt-now-its-future-remains-cloudy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Normandy School District isn’t going broke at the beginning of April, as some education officials had forecast in recent months. But that doesn’t mean that the district’s future is secure.</span></p><p>At Monday night’s meeting of the state task force formed to recommend the future direction of the district, officials from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said that Normandy’s future depends in large part on what bills the General Assembly may pass before it adjourns in mid-May.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:11:53 +0000 Dale Singer 34890 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Not Bankrupt Now, But Its Future Remains Cloudy Normandy Is Gaining Public Support, Task Force Is Told http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-gaining-public-support-task-force-told <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents of the 24 communities that make up the Normandy School District are rallying behind the schools as their fate is being decided in Jefferson City, a task force studying the district’s future was told Thursday.</span></p><p>Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO of the group Beyond Housing, said that just as its 24:1 initiative has helped revitalize the area in general, with more options for basic services such as banking and groceries, it also has generated more support for the schools.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:56:15 +0000 Dale Singer 34803 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Is Gaining Public Support, Task Force Is Told Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-advances-smaller-subsidy-normandy-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As a task force continues its work on how the Normandy School District will operate next school year, lawmakers are moving ahead on appropriating money to help the district finish the current year without going broke.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:36:14 +0000 Dale Singer 34753 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Advances Smaller Subsidy For Normandy Schools Plan To Help Struggling Missouri Schools Wins Approval http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plan-help-struggling-missouri-schools-wins-approval <p>JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri state Board of Education voted Friday to approve a plan to intervene in struggling school districts. It also sent the message that it will become more active in making sure districts adopt policies that will result in success.</p><p>The plan, revised from a draft version presented to the board last month, spells out various avenues of support that would be provided to or required of school districts depending on how well they score on their annual performance review.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:51:17 +0000 Dale Singer 34638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Plan To Help Struggling Missouri Schools Wins Approval Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-transition-panel-will-now-hold-public-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School&nbsp;District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:46:55 +0000 Dale Singer 34400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panel-normandys-future-begins-meeting-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:06:47 +0000 Dale Singer 34338 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lesson-plans-lawmakers-work-sweeping-school-proposals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27723589">sweeping education bill</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1868&amp;year=2014&amp;code=R">debate in the House</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:23:03 +0000 Dale Singer 34150 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-reconsiders-how-many-tests-students-must-take <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Can schools cut back sharply on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning?</span></p><p>The state of Missouri is about to find out.</p><p>Missouri's state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically — just a few months after approving a spending request for a testing schedule that would have had third graders taking seven hours of standardized tests each year, and high schoolers taking nine exams in four different subjects.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:44:26 +0000 Dale Singer 34079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-has-its-say-missouri-school-accreditation-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri education officials say their&nbsp;<a href="http://dese.mo.gov/stateboard/meetings/February/documents/UnaccreditedDistricts.pdf">plan</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that was the subject of public comment at a meeting Tuesday night is designed to prevent school districts from losing accreditation in the future.</span></p><p>But for most of the night, the speakers and the audience were more concerned with what is going to happen to a district that already is unaccredited and is in danger of going out of business altogether: Normandy.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:05:05 +0000 Dale Singer 34001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Has Its Say On Missouri School Accreditation Plan Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-board-member-wants-his-colleagues-voted-out <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Updated 5:35 p.m. Tues, Feb. 25, with response from Humphrey: </span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Terry </span>Artis<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an outspoken member of the Normandy School District, says voters should oust three of his incumbent colleagues at the April 8 elections because they are not working in the best interests of the district.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:43:10 +0000 Dale Singer 33972 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Board Member Wants His Colleagues Voted Out