Education

St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Four Months In, Harris-Stowe President Discusses Job, Ferguson

Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack
Credit Harris-Stowe State University

Dwaun Warmack took over as president of Harris-Stowe State University in July. A month later, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, about 12 miles away.

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Replacing Nicastro
5:59 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Should Take Its Time In Finding New Education Commissioner

How does Missouri make its classrooms better?
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Missouri’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Chris Nicastro has tendered her resignation as of December 2014 and there will be an important search for a new commissioner to fill that position. The deadline for nominations and applications is Nov. 21, a date that is later than the board chair wanted.

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Part-Time Faculty
4:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Adjuncts At Washington U. Could Vote On A Union This Year; Organizers Active At Webster U.

Brookings Hall at Washington University
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Adjunct instructors at Washington University could be voting by the end of this year whether to form a union now that the university and the Service Employees International Union have agreed on terms for an election to proceed.

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Part-Time Teachers
10:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

In Unions There Is Strength? Adjunct Instructors Hope So

Washington University's Brookings Hall
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Updated at 9:16 a.m. Friday with agreement between Washington U. and union, cancellation of NLRB hearing:

For many university instructors with a Ph.D. following their name, the letters might stand for Pretty Hefty Disillusionment.

They’re the ones who, after working for years to earn a doctorate in their field, sadly find that the higher education system has no job openings for them to teach students what they know.

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School Reform
4:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Local Normandy Board Could Gain More Authority

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

After complaints from teachers and others about how the initial year of the Normandy Schools Collaborative has gone so far, the state board of education wants to give more authority to the local appointed board.

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Racial Inequality
10:47 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Faith Community, Educators Renew Call For Equity In Education

Education summit-goers applaud keynote speaker John Jackson of Schott Foundation for Public Education Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 at St. John"s UCC.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis community and faith-based organizations renewed a commitment to increasing equity in public schools at an education summit Saturday sponsored Metropolitan Congregations United, United Congregations of Metro East and the St. Louis chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

A mix of educators, faith leaders and community members spent the day in discussion, worship and planning for a November 20 walk-in in support for community schools.

Little Rock Nine
3:48 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

To Help Set Future Course, Students Receive Lessons On Civil Rights Past

Carlotta Walls Lanier (left) and Edith Lee-Payne (right) speak with students at McCluer South-Berkeley High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Carlotta Walls Lanier asked students at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson to imagine a helicopter circling above and 1,200 troops from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on their campus.

This is what life was like when she was the youngest of nine African-American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957 amid mobs of white segregationists. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Educators Address Racial Inequality

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Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregated schools. Now, race and another Brown family are in the news: 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson in August.

On Saturday, Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis and United Congregations of Metro East are sponsoring a daylong education symposium that will look at those events and racism.

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Missouri Board Of Education
3:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Search For Missouri Schools Chief Is Lengthened

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri state board of education voted Tuesday to put the search for a new commissioner on a slower track, then had a lengthy discussion about one of the big issues the next commissioner will face – turning around Normandy schools.

Rather than the accelerated process that board president Peter Herschend had favored, in which a successor to Chris Nicastro would have been chosen this week, the board bowed to objections from a variety of education groups that said such a fast track would have left them out of the process.

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Missouri Learning Standards
5:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Common Core Debate Calms Down; Longer Search Expected For Nicastro's Replacement

Retired educator Mary Byrne testifies at Monday's hearing
Credit Dale

JEFFERSON CITY -- Compared with the clamor and criticism that has accompanied the debate over Common Core State Standards in recent months and years, Monday’s hearing into the topic by the state board of education was positively tame.

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