Tim Lloyd

Education Reporter

Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues.  His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, ​Marketplace, KCUR, KPR, IPR, NET, WFIU.  He won regional Edward R Murrow Awards in 2013 for Writing, Hard News and was part of the reporting team that won for Continuing Coverage.  In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature.

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Education
10:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Accounted For: Mapping Chronic Absenteeism In Missouri

Chronic absenteeism is an issue in many districts across the state. Scroll down for an interactive map.

More than 108,000 students missed at least three and a half weeks of school last year. That’s enough lost instruction time to be considered chronically absent, defined as missing 10 percent or more of school during the course of the year.

As St. Louis Public Radio reported on Wednesday, chronic absenteeism can set students up for a string of academic problems. 

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Special Project
11:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Accounted For: Chronic Absenteeism Jeopardizes Classroom Success

Credit ShuttrKingKT / Flickr

It's a problem that's both obvious and invisible. You can have all the school improvement plans you want, but students can't learn if they're not in class.

With that in mind, St. Louis Public Radio is starting a project that looks at the impact of chronic absenteeism — defined as missing 10 percent or more of a school year for any reason — on learning.  

While the length of school years varies by district,  Missouri law requires a minimum of 174 days. That means a chronically absent student is missing at least three and a half weeks of class time. 

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St. Louis Public Schools
6:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators

Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 8:45 p.m., Thurs., March 13 with details from final proposal and comments.

This evening St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined his blueprint for building up academic achievement and meeting new standards established under the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5).

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Ferguson-Florissant School District
4:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

McCoy Resigns As Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent

Art McCoy, the embattled superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, has resigned.
Ferguson-Florissant website Art McCoy

Updated with interview with McCoy and report on rally: Art McCoy, who was placed on paid leave from his post as superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in November, has resigned from his job, effective this Saturday.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon in a joint news release from McCoy and the district Wednesday.

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Education
8:46 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

During Rosa Parks Observance, Education Touted As Basic Civil Right

The Normandy High School Choir performs at an event honoring Rosa Parks on Feb. 23, 2014.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Access to quality education as a basic civil right was a major theme during the NAACP’s Rosa Parks Observance Day ceremony Sunday at the Old Courthouse downtown.

“Education is definitely a top priority for us,” said John Gaskin, who was recently sworn in as a member of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors.  

A speech from suspended Ferguson Florissant School District Superintendent Art McCoy closed the event, and Gaskin said the choice sends a message that the civil rights organization is committed to putting classroom success above politics.

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Education
1:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Schweich Issues SLPS Audit Follow Up, Encouraged By Progress

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich presents the follow-up report to a state audit of St. Louis Public Schools on Thurs., Feb. 20, 2014.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

St. Louis Public Schools is working toward or has already put in place a string of recommendations laid out in a state audit issued in September last year.

That’s the big takeaway from a follow-up report released today from the Missouri Auditor’s Office.  

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Education
11:17 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Education Rundown: Learning About Learning

We can all agree we want better schools -- but how do we achieve them?
(KWMU Staff Photo)

Much like apple pie and motherhood, everybody wants better schools and higher student achievement. The only problem is that no one can quite agree what's the best way to get there.

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better. This week, we've discovered some high-tech — and low-tech — solutions.

Mistrust of CEE-Trust

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Education
9:34 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

At Ed-Tech Conference, Midwestern Educators Will Explore The Flip

Credit (via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

Rapid-fire changes in technology have the potential to turn education on its head, and Lodge McCammon thinks that can be a good thing. 

“Because the technology is going to be so ingrained and fluid, we won’t really have to teach students how to use technology so much as how to reflect on their own learning and use it in smart ways,” he said.

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Education
3:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Parents, Schools Feel The Pain Of Latest Snow Closings

Credit Steve A Johnson / Flickr

Another winter storm is laying out a fresh blanket of headaches across the St. Louis region.

“I’m like, when is it over?” said Teresa Padratzik.

The corporate recruiter was on her way to pick up her two children who attend school in the Parkway District, one of several across the St. Louis region that dismissed students early today. On top of that, all the snow days this school year are gnawing into her vacation time and delaying projects at work.

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Education
10:37 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Tinker, Solder, Wire And Create: Hacker And Maker Learning Gains Traction

Six-year-old Ella Fallon participates during a learning exercise at Hacker U in St. Peters, Mo.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

In empty offices, shops and schools around the country, teachers and parents are tinkering with how kids learn everything from art to mathematics.

Sometimes it’s referred to as making, other times do-it-yourself and hacking.  While labels are abundant, a theme is universal:  Helping young people bring their ideas to life will trigger curiosity and learning.  

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