Education

St. Louis on the Air
1:11 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Home Visit Program Connects Teachers, Parents

Hazelwood Southeast Middle School teacher Kimberly Merrill, far left, Watkins Early Childhood Center teacher Catherine Moore, Home Works executive director Karen Kalish and Adams Elementary School principal Cameron Coleman discuss the Home Works teacher home visit program with 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Positive relationships between teachers, students and parents lead to success. That’s the idea behind Home Works’ teacher home visit program.

Teachers in the Home Works program attend two training session, then work in pairs to go to two home visits each year for each student. Twenty seven St. Louis-area schools are following the program: three early childhood centers, 17 elementary schools, six middle schools and two high schools, program founder Karen Kalish told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

St. Louis Police Recruits Help Kids Learn To Read

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Deandree Davis, far left, and Officer Darius Rutling, Karen Kalish and Woerner Elementary School principal Peggy Meyer discuss the Books and Badges program with 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Thursday at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis. Kalish is the program's founder.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

After an uneventful police ride-along, Karen Kalish had an idea. She wanted to match police officers with young students who struggle with reading. For the past 12 years, Books and Badges has paired St. Louis police recruits and elementary school children.

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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
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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
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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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Education
3:30 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

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

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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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Labor
5:14 am
Wed December 31, 2014

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

Washington University's Brookings Hall
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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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