St. Louis on the Air
5:47 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Free Community College? 'St. Louis On The Air' Listeners Weigh In

After President Barack Obama announced a plan last week for two years of free tuition at community colleges, "St. Louis on the Air" asked its listeners to weigh in on the proposal.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:21 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Free Community College Plan Will Have Restrictions, Price Tag

President Barack Obama took to Facebook and Vine last week to announce his free community college proposal.

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Missouri Board Of Education
11:33 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Jennings, Riverview Gardens Report Progress In Student Achievement

Tiffany Anderson appears before the state board of education in Jefferson City Tuesday.
Credit Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Updated at 11:33 a.m. with testimony at board meeting:

Riding the crest of improvement on the state’s annual evaluation, Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson sees full accreditation and further gains in the future for the north St. Louis County district.

And Riverview Gardens Superintendent Scott Spurgeon, whose district is now the only one in Missouri that is unaccredited, says his staff have laid the foundation for classroom success.   

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Free Tuition
4:31 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Praise, Skepticism Greet Obama’s Community College Plan

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama’s proposal to provide free community college tuition for some students who meet certain standards won praise from some educators, but skeptics wondered whether it was the best way for tax dollars to be spent on education.

Obama announced the proposal Friday during a visit to a community college in Knoxville, Tenn., a state with a plan that is similar to what the president is expected to announce in greater detail in his State of the Union address later this month.

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Union Election
2:26 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

What Do Adjuncts Want? Washington U. Will Find Out

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit Washington University

Now that adjunct instructors at Washington University have voted to join a union, they have to figure out exactly what improvements they want their new status to bring.

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board announced the election results. The proposal to join the Service Employees International Union won by a vote of 138-111. Afterward, the union’s Adjunct Action project sent out an email headed “Victory!”

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Part-Time Faculty
4:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Adjuncts at Washington U. Vote To Unionize

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Part-time faculty members at Washington University have voted to unionize in an effort to improve their salary, working conditions and stability of employment.

Ballots counted at the National Labor Relations Board Monday showed the proposal passed by a vote of 138-111, with 18 contested ballots that would not affect the outcome of the election. Just over 400 instructors at the university were eligible to vote, with a simple majority of those voting needed for passage.

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3:30 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

St. Louis Schools’ Appointed And Elected Board Start Working Together Toward Transferring Authority

Credit Courtesy St. Louis Public Schools

Members of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools — which has overseen the district since it lost state accreditation in 2007 — are meeting to develop a plan for returning authority over the district to the disempowered, elected board.  

The first meeting is being held this evening and will be a closed session to discuss legal and legislative issues related to transitioning authority.

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5:14 am
Wed December 31, 2014

As Washington U. Adjuncts Consider Union, Issues Arise On Both Sides

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit Washington University

As part-time instructors at Washington University ponder whether to join a union, two major questions have arisen about the campaign.

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Born to Read
6:11 am
Mon December 29, 2014

New Early Childhood Literacy Program Gives Newborns Books

A new program at St. Louis County Library will give as many as 8,000 babies born in 2015 books to encourage early childhood literacy.
Credit June Hymas, via Flickr

A new program aimed at promoting early childhood literacy is giving free books to newborns, starting in January.

Through its "Born to Read" program, St. Louis County Library plans to give the new parents of as many as 8,000 babies born at four participating hospitals in 2015 a gift bag, including: a board book, a bath toy, a milestone marker describing where children should be developmentally, instructions on how to get a library card,  and a calendar of literacy activities. 

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Higher Education Plan
9:50 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Missouri Begins Drafting College Blueprint

Lowell Kruse
Credit Department of Higher Education

Like a beginning freshman plotting out college courses so she can have a marketable degree four years down the road, the Missouri Department of Higher Education is embarking on a new planning process to make sure students leave campus with skills to help the state – and themselves -- move ahead.

But when the plan is finished, the final exam question will be this: Will its recommendations actually be used on the state’s campuses?

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