St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

First WGU Missouri Commencement Is Saturday

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Online education seems to be the wave of the future. Today's college students should have no problem finding courses online — whether at a local college or university, or through an accredited online college.

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Missouri School Improvement Plan
4:15 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Jennings Schools Celebrate Leap Toward Full Accreditation

Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 4:15 p.m. with information about discussion of Kansas City schools:

Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson wasn’t 100 percent sure that her schools had made enough progress to reach full accreditation, but she had a pretty good hunch.

So she went out anyway and had a banner made celebrating what she hoped would be the long-sought results. Then she got the word Monday night from state education officials: Jennings’ preliminary 2014 scores were high enough to be in the full accreditation category.

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Teacher Evaluation
11:18 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

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(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander said petitions submitted in May by the organization known as Teach Great have been certified and the issue will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot as Amendment 3.

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Normandy Kickoff
4:31 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Normandy Schools Collaborative Holds Pep Rally, Orientation Promising A Brand-New Start

Ty McNichols
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

The new Normandy Schools Collaborative kicked off the new school year Monday by spelling out for teachers and other staff members how its new approach will help it regain accreditation from the state.

Part pep rally to generate excitement, part orientation session to set expectations, the three-hour session at Viking Hall on the Normandy High School campus was designed to show how things will be different now that the state has taken over the district with an appointed board and close oversight.

How was the session received?

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Cross-Cultural Exchange
5:00 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

SLU Hosts Summit To Discuss Education In Belize

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A delegation of religious and education officials from the Central American country of Belize arrives in St. Louis Monday for a meeting of the minds with Saint Louis University faculty.

The purpose of the conference is to determine ways that SLU students and faculty can provide training and support for St. Martin’s de Porres, a Jesuit parish and grade school in Belize City.

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St. Louis Schools Fair
8:19 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

SLPS Gears Up For New School Year

As a single parent, Lashuna Rancher was grateful for the chance to get free school supplies. She attended the fair with her son Lawayne Rancher and his friends Marcus Morgan and Ryan Harris.
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With just over a week before the first day of classes for St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), the district partnered with the Urban League to host an annual back to school fair Saturday.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the Back to School and Community Empowerment Festival, lining up outside St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena to get free school supplies and find out about area resources.

Urban League President and CEO Michael McMillan said the purpose of the fair is to make sure students—and their families—are ready for the school year.

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School Improvement Grants
5:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

East St. Louis Schools Will Look To Recent Past To Make Most Of Federal Dollars

East St. Louis School District 189 is gearing up to begin spending $10.5 million in federal to kick start academic performance at its two middle schools.
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As summer break winds down, East St. Louis School District 189 is gearing up to begin spending $10.5 million in federal money to kick start academic performance at its two middle schools.   

In the coming days the district will begin the hiring process for 20 new positions to focus on everything from professional development to community engagement. The grant will also pay for an extended school schedule.       

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Higher Education
1:02 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

UMSL Sets Fund-Raising Record

The University of MIssouri-St. Louis set a fund-raising record this year.
Credit (Via University of Missouri-St. Louis)

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is announcing Wednesday that it raised a record-setting $31 million in the fiscal year ending June 30. This year’s total was $10 million more than last year and included nine gifts of more than $1 million each.

In a statement, Martin Leifeld, the vice chancellor for university advancement, praised alumni and friends for their commitment to UMSL.

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Back To School
8:39 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Would-Be Teachers Flock To Normandy Job Fair

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman, St. Louis Public Radio

The Normandy Schools Collaborative is looking for a fresh start. So is Andrew Nardi. He’s hoping the two desires fit and he’ll get his first teaching job when classes start next month.

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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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