Education

St. Louis Public Schools
6:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators

Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 8:45 p.m., Thurs., March 13 with details from final proposal and comments.

This evening St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined his blueprint for building up academic achievement and meeting new standards established under the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5).

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Normandy School District
4:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings

The state has named a task force to consider the future of the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.

The 10-member panel was named by Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, at the direction of the state board of education. The group held its first meeting on Monday without public notice and planned to continue meeting in private, according to its chair, Carole Basile, who is dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Ferguson-Florissant School District
4:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

McCoy Resigns As Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent

Art McCoy, the embattled superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, has resigned.
Ferguson-Florissant website Art McCoy

Updated with interview with McCoy and report on rally: Art McCoy, who was placed on paid leave from his post as superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in November, has resigned from his job, effective this Saturday.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon in a joint news release from McCoy and the district Wednesday.

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Graduation Needed Everywhere
9:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Commentary From Honduras: Four Choices Or What Is A Young Man Without A Diploma To Do

The current Maestro en Casa class in Las Vegas, Honduras.
Credit Michael Dulick

You’d have to say, the odds are in his favor. In fact, it looked like a lock, when he talked me into signing him up for Maestro en Casa in Morazan, where he would spend weekends with Fermin and Maria and their kids. They have a very professional program there, directed by Fermin’s brother-in-law Javier, including actual classes on Saturdays that cover the material the students will be working on during the week at home in their “cuadernos” (combination text- and workbook).

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Normandy task force
5:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.

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Early Childhood
9:34 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Lags Behind On Pre-School Education

Credit U.S. Department of Education

Over the years, many studies have shown the benefits of pre-school and early childhood education. Recently those studies have been re-analyzed and confirmed to be accurate and correct. Thus, many states -- whether the voters are predominantly Democrat or Republican -- have implemented pre kindergarten and early childhood education programs.

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Education
10:23 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Lesson Plans: Lawmakers Work On Sweeping School Proposals

Whether the Senate or House version, the legislature is likely to pass sweeping education bill.

With the Missouri legislature approaching its spring break, the Senate has passed a sweeping education bill designed to deal with struggling schools and transfers from unaccredited districts, and a bill addressing similar issues is ready for debate in the House.

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Standardized testing
9:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take

The state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically. Education officials acknowledged that getting the same quality of information with fewer tests would be a challenge.
knittymarie Flickr

Can schools cut back sharply on the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning?

The state of Missouri is about to find out.

Missouri's state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically — just a few months after approving a spending request for a testing schedule that would have had third graders taking seven hours of standardized tests each year, and high schoolers taking nine exams in four different subjects.

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Education
8:19 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Education Rundown: Testing, Testing And More

Standardized tests have long been a source of controversy.

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better. This week, by coincidence, we all seem to have found stories about the joys and sorrows of testing.

AP exam finds women, minorities MIA        

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Normandy school board
9:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Normandy Pushes For Caps On Tuition For Transfer Students

Ty McNichols
Credit Normandy website

Normandy’s school superintendent says the district’s finances can be helped if lawmakers would cap tuition paid for transfer students at the same amount that districts receive for accepting deseg students going from St. Louis to St. Louis County.

That amount, about $7,200 a year, is less than Normandy has been paying for most of its 1,000 students who transferred to nearby accredited districts at the start of the current school year. Tuition rates range to as high as $20,000, and the payments have put Normandy’s finances at a precarious point.

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