Education

College
2:44 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Illinois Holds College Financial Aid Workshops

Credit Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Illinois governor Pat Quinn has announced free workshops across the state for college students and their parents to get advice on acquiring financial aid. The workshops will be conducted throughout February, which is Financial Aid Awareness Month.

Experts with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will help families understand and complete the commonly-used FAFSA, or Free Application for Student Aid.

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UM Curators
3:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

UMSL Optometry Expansion Wins Curator Approval

UMSL Chancellor Tom George
Credit UMSL website

Despite financial concerns that threatened to derail its approval, a $17 million building for the optometry program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis won passage Friday, but not without reservations over how it will be paid for.

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CEE-Trust Alternative
10:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New School Report Focuses On Local Control, Wrap-around Services

Credit From the report

 A report from a coalition of church groups in St. Louis says a plan commissioned by the Missouri state board of education to help struggling school districts could result in “an educational ghetto.”

Instead of the plan presented earlier this month by the outside consultant CEE-Trust, a group known as Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis wants to give more local control to school districts. It also wants to focus on school culture, curriculum and staffing and provide so-called wrap-around services for students who do not get proper support at home.

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Digital Learning
6:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Study: Missouri Has 'Fallen Behind' In Providing Digital Learning To K-12 Students

(l-r) EEG's John Watson, Mo. Chamber Pres./CEO Dan Mehan, & Mo. Chamber Education VP Brian Crouse.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

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UM tuition freeze
6:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

UM Curators Approve Tuition Freeze, Order Investigation Of Rape Allegations

University of Missouri at St. Louis

Updated at 10:12 p.m. with investigator hired for Courey case:

Tuition for resident undergraduate students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri will remain flat for the coming school year after a unanimous vote by the Board of Curators Wednesday.

Meeting in Columbia, the curators went along unanimously with a recommendation by university President Tim Wolfe. He in turn was agreeing with a wish expressed by Gov. Jay Nixon last week in his State of the State address.

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Nixon in Fort Zumwalt
5:37 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Nixon Ties Good Jobs To Good Schools

Gov. Jay Nixon talks with students to stress that good schools are vital to Missouri’s ability to compete and create jobs in the global economy at Fort Zumwalt North High School in O'Fallon.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Gov. Jay Nixon came to Fort Zumwalt North High School Wednesday on his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” tour, and based on the questions he was asked in a class he visited, many of the students there could end up with jobs in journalism.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Commentary: Public Education's Big Fix

In the coming weeks the future of the Normandy School District and that of every other district in the state will determined by the elected leadership in Jefferson City.  Normandy, currently unaccredited, will run out of money at some point between April and the end of the school year.  This topic covers so many difficult areas to not only talk about but also find consensus: public education, race, poverty and power.

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Normandy School District
4:44 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Normandy Lobbyist Draws Criticism, Support

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

Updated 7:41 a.m., Tues. Jan. 28, with details of contract vote.

The Normandy School District, which faces the possibility of being dissolved this spring, is paying a lobbyist $10,000 a month to help persuade lawmakers in Jefferson City to provide enough money to help the district survive until the end of the school year.

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UM tuition
12:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

UM President Will Recommend No Tuition Increase

Tim Wolfe
Credit UM website

The president of the University of Missouri says he will go along with Gov. Jay Nixon’s request and recommend that tuition for the system’s four campuses not go up next year.

Tim Wolfe, who visited with junior and senior high school students in the Bayless School District in south St. Louis County Friday morning, said that the additional revenue proposed by Nixon in his State of the State address earlier this week should provide the four-campus system with the money it needs without raising tuition.

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Defining Reform
10:55 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Commentary: Normandy School Reform Is Already Light Years Ahead of State Officials

Normandy High School
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

Normandy School District.

Now is the time to change how these three words take on meaning in our collective awareness. As one of the instructional coaches brought in by the district’s new leaders last summer, I offer a couple of images to help outsiders — especially our state legislators and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education — see us for real.

12 Years A Slave

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