Tim Lloyd

Education Reporter

Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since joining St. Louis Public Radio in 2012, he has won six Edward R Murrow Awards in categories that include Writing, Hard News, Continuing Coverage, Use of Sound and Sports Reporting.  In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature.  Previously, 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, Only A Game and Here and Now.  

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Unaccredited School Districts
9:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Riverview Gardens Lays Out Plan For School Improvement

Sixth-grader Toni Marie Young listens to a math lesson at Westview Middle School during the 2013-14 school year.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

State education officials were in north St. Louis County Monday evening, getting an update on steps the Riverview Gardens School District is taking toward ramping up classroom success.

The unaccredited district had a 16.8 percentage point improvement on its state report card for last year, but that was 4.6 percentage points shy of the provisionally accredited range.

To earn a step up in its accreditation status, Superintendent Scott Spurgeon laid out a series of goals for the district in areas that ranged from college and career readiness to reading assessments.

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Beyond Ferguson
4:46 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Bernice King Brings Message Of Nonviolence To Riverview Gardens

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks with students at Riverview Gardens High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Bernice King began her second visit to Riverview Gardens High School by telling students about her own anger. Her father, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was gunned down in his prime. Her uncle, Alfred Daniel Williams King, died amid suspicious circumstances.

King told them about that anger boiling over. She told them about striking a friend in the head with a bottle after an argument. Anxiety filled King while waiting for her friend to wake up after being knocked unconscious.

King told students anger can consume them.

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Teacher Evaluation
10:59 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Seven Principles That All Missouri Teacher Evaluations Must Have In Common

Sixth-grade math teacher Melissa Schut prepares students for a classroom assignment at Westview Middle School in the Riverview Gardens School District.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

In November, voters in Missouri will decide whether to change the way teachers are evaluated and retained by school districts.

Under Amendment 3, teachers would be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using student data. It also would put a three-year limit on teacher contracts and prevent teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining on the design of teacher evaluations or how they’re used.  

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Economic Development
11:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Universities Launch New Program To Help International Students Find Jobs In St. Louis

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab. She'd like to stay in St. Louis after graduation, but is having a hard time finding an employer to sponsor her visa.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Friday morning a new initiative to help international students find jobs at local companies is being unveiled. Called the International Student Global Talent Hiring Program, the effort is being spearheaded by the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the St. Louis region the fastest growing major metro area of foreign-born residents by 2020.

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School Choice
9:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

In St. Louis, Parents Go Digital To Make Sense Of School Choice

Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer work on their website, which is aimed at helping parents make sense of school choice options in St. Louis.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer have a soft spot for urban living and fixer-uppers.  

The couple spent five years rehabbing an old home in Chicago.  So, when they decided to pack up and come to St. Louis to be closer to family, Paul spent his weekends scouring the city's nooks and crannies for their next project. 

What they found was a sprawling Victorian in Compton Heights in need of elbow grease and updates.  

“It’s kind of easy to get sold on the whole package when you have this great neighborhood and you really love your house,” Angelee said. 

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Student Retention
10:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

St. Louis Public Schools To Hold Back 786 Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Students

Credit (via St. Louis Public Schools)

More than 780 kindergarten through eighth-grade pupils in St. Louis Public Schools who have fallen behind in reading are being held back this school year. That’s double the number of pupils retained last fall, when 372 students did not move on to the next grade.     

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Annual report card
12:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Normandy Falls, Riverview And St. Louis Rise In Newest School Report Cards

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Take a look at a statewide map showing how districts performance has changed between the past two school years, as well as five takeaways from the report cards.

While St. Louis Public Schools and Riverview Gardens have made solid gains in their push toward accreditation, Normandy finds itself in a deeper hole, earning just 7.1 percent of the possible points in Missouri’s latest list of school report cards released Friday.

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Test Scores
12:01 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Five Takeaways From Schools' Annual Progress Reports

Sixth grader Max Jones follows a lesson plan at Westview Middle School in Riverview Gardens during the 2013-14 school year.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Read an analysis of the latest school report cards.

Normandy's annual performance score sank even lower than before, down to 7.1 percent of the possible points scored, lowest in the state.

State education officials have been working in the district for weeks, putting into place new techniques designed to improve academic achievement in the district, which was taken over by the state on July 1.

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Student Transfers
12:26 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Ferguson-Florissant Will Now Accept Normandy Transfers

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

In a closed session Wednesday evening, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board voted to accept students from the new, state run Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC).  The board had previously voted not to accept students from NSC, which began operations in July.

In order to return to the district, students must have submitted an “Intent to Return” form by Feb. 1 and already have completed the registration and enrollment requirements.          

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11,000 Students
2:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

After Delay, Ferguson-Florissant Schools Open With Enthusiasm

Volunteers for Parents for Peace welcome back students at Ferguson Middle School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

 Updated on Monday, Aug. 25.

After a being delayed for more than a week, about 11,000 students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District started their school year today.  

As kids filed into Ferguson Middle School – which is located about two miles from where protesters violently clashed with police – a stream of students, parents and teachers said they were happy to be back in the classroom. 

Among them was math teacher Gerry Glenn, who distributed high fives and pats-on-the-back to students.

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