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 Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/will-normandy-students-be-able-attend-u-city-despite-policy-change-answer-not-clear <p><strong>(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:33:00 +0000 Tim Lloyd & Dale Singer 38166 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear 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 Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ritenour-rejects-further-transfers-normandy <p>The Ritenour school district has become the latest to decide it will not allow students who live in Normandy to transfer there in the coming school year.<br /><br />The decision, announced Thursday night after a Ritenour board meeting, means that 78 students who had applied to transfer from Normandy will not be able to attend an accredited district when classes resume next month.<br /><br />In a statement released late Thursday night, the board said:<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:42:50 +0000 Dale Singer 37980 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy For-Profit Everest College Closing In Earth City http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/profit-everest-college-closing-earth-city <p><strong>Updated at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday with new Durbin comments:</strong></p><p>As part of a nationwide settlement with the federal government, the campus of for-profit Everest College in Earth City will be closing. The college has about 250 students, and they will be able to complete their courses, according to company spokesman Kent Jenkins. Everest stopped enrolling new students June 23, he said.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:44:47 +0000 Dale Singer 37884 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For-Profit Everest College Closing In Earth City UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/um-system-expands-academic-tracking-platform-boost-retention-and-graduation-rates <p>The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.</p><p>The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff. &nbsp;</p><p>The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus&nbsp;that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:29:07 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37867 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates