Education

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.
Credit (via Flickr/alkruse24)

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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Back To School
5:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Progress Report: Normandy School Hiring Hits 80 Percent; Will Try 'Flipped' Classrooms

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

With two weeks to go until teachers report for the beginning of the new school year, the Normandy Schools Collaborative said Monday it has hired 80 percent of the staff it needs, from custodians to principals.

But just to make sure it hasn’t overlooked any good teachers who are still looking for employment, the district said it will be holding a job fair two days later this week.

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Student Transfers
1:33 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Will Normandy Students Be Able To Attend U. City? Despite Policy Change, Answer Not Clear

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

(Updated 1:29 p.m., Fri., July 18)

Even though the University City School Board has voted to change course and accept students who are qualified to transfer from Normandy, uncertainty surrounding the transfers remains.

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Teacher Training
2:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Teachers Learn To STEM-itize Their Lessons

From Left: Elementary school teachers Kelly Greenwood, Mathew Williams, Sarah Tehan and Joanna McPherson cut into a pig heart during STEM TQ training.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though Barbra Pener teaches science and robotics, she likes to start the school year with a quick history lesson.

She points to a picture of the famous late 19th and early 20th-century scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie that hangs on her classroom wall.

“Her husband Pierre is in the photo, and she’s holding the baby,” Pener said.  

She then rattles off for her eighth-grade students Skłodowska-Curie’s list of accomplishments, including multiple Nobel Prizes and the discovery of two radioactive elements.

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Education Legislation
5:10 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Nixon Vetoes Armed Teacher Bill, Signs Common Core Changes

Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Monday a bill that would have allowed teachers to carry guns in the classroom, saying that ““arming teachers will not make our schools safer.”

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Student Transfers
1:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Normandy Parents Sue For Students' Right To Transfer Out

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Several parents of students who live in the Normandy school district filed suit in St. Louis County Circuit Court Monday, challenging the state’s move to limit the number of students who may transfer out of Normandy to accredited school districts.

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Charter Schools
3:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Partnership Spawns New KIPP School

Jaden Brooks and Ayden Abu cut the ribbon at KIPP Victory as Sen. Claire McCaskill and others look on.
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

Rodney Norman grew up in the St. Louis neighborhood near Mitchell School, though he didn’t go there, and he knows what the closure of the school did to the area near Page and Goodfellow boulevards.

Now, say Norman and his wife, Juanita, they know what the reopening of the building, as the KIPP Victory Academy for 200 students in kindergarten and first grade, will mean when classes begin next month.

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