Education

State School Board
3:46 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Missouri School Board Loosens Normandy Transfer Rules

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

(Updated at 3:46 p.m. with revised transfer policy)

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.

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Back To School
5:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

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.

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.

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Student Transfers
1:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)

Even though the University City School Board has voted to change course and accept students who are qualified to transfer from Normandy, uncertainty surrounding the transfers remains.

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Teacher Training
2:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons

From Left: Elementary school teachers Kelly Greenwood, Mathew Williams, Sarah Tehan and Joanna McPherson cut into a pig heart during STEM TQ training.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.

She points to a picture of the famous late 19th and early 20th-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.

“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said.  

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.

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Education Legislation
5:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes

Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

Missouri Gov. 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.”

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Student Transfers
1:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Several parents of students who live in the Normandy school district filed suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court Monday, challenging the state’s move to limit the number of students who may transfer out of Normandy to accredited school districts.

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Charter Schools
3:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Partnership Spawns New KIPP School

Jaden Brooks and Ayden Abu cut the ribbon at KIPP Victory as Sen. Claire McCaskill and others look on.
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

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 Goodfellow boulevards.

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.

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Student Transfers
10:42 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Ritenour Rejects Further Transfers From Normandy

Ritenour is the latest school district, after Francis Howell, Pattonville, Ferguson-Florissant and University City, to decide not to accept transfer students from Normandy.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.

In a statement released late Thursday night, the board said:
 

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Legal Settlement
4:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

For-Profit Everest College Closing In Earth City

Everest College announced Tuesday that it is closing its Earth City campus.
Credit via Flckr/Caleb Cherry

Updated at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday with new Durbin comments:

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.

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Academic Performance Measures
4:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

UM System Expands Academic Tracking Platform To Boost Retention And Graduation Rates

University of Missouri System Seal
Credit University of Missouri System

The University of Missouri is expanding an early alert system that tracks academic performance to all four of its campuses this fall.

The system, developed by the company Starfish Retention Solutions, is designed to improve retention and graduation rates by better connecting students, faculty and staff.  

The expansion follows the success of a pilot program at the university's Columbia campus that gives advisors real-time grading information on students and tracks performance trends among classes and subjects. 

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