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

Normandy Lobbyist Draws Criticism, Support

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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
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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
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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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Ferguson-Florissant Board
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Contests Set For Ferguson-Florissant School Board

Ferguson-Florissant website

Updated 3:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24 with news from press conference called by Grade A 4 Change.

Two of three incumbents on the Ferguson-Florissant school board who voted to put Superintendent Art McCoy on paid leave are running for re-election in April, but they will be facing challengers hand-picked because of their support for McCoy.

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CEE-Trust Report
10:40 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

5 Things To Take Away From CEE-Trust Report

The CEE-Trust report recommends sweeping changes in schools.
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For CEE-Trust, a consultant hired by Missouri education officials to propose ways to reverse what it calls “disastrous” student performance in Kansas City, nothing less than sweeping change is required.

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Normandy Schools
9:29 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Normandy Board Skeptical Of New Plans For State Intervention

Missouri's deputy education commissioner Margie Vandeven outlines proposed new state intervention plans for struggling districts to a crowd of Normandy parents and supporters on Jan. 22, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Updated at 10:10 a.m. Jan. 23 to reflect the correct source of one of the three state intervention proposals.

Members of the Normandy school board are skeptical that any of the proposed new plans for state intervention in academically troubled districts will make a difference in their schools.

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9:30 am
Wed January 15, 2014

How College Applications Change In The Era Of Big Data

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Our Tim Lloyd reports for Marketplace on how colleges and universities are using big data to reel in potential students.
Kids are applying to more colleges than ever, so institutions are using Big Data to figure out which students to target.
Common Core
2:51 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pro And Con, State School Board Hears About Common Core

At a meeting of the state board of education, those for and against the Common Core made their case over an issue that was settled back in 2010.

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri has already adopted and begun to implement the Common Core State Standards,  but a group of diehard opponents urged the state board of education Tuesday to follow what they said is the lead of other states and reconsider.

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5:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

State Board Has Praise, Questions For Proposal On Struggling Schools

CEE-Trust presented its plan on helping Kansas CIty schools at a meeting of the Missouri Board of Education.
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JEFFERSON CITY -- After hearing a one-hour presentation by CEE-Trust of its proposal on how to help struggling schools in Kansas City -- and possibly throughout Missouri -- members of the state board of education had an hour's worth of questions on their own.

Now, the process begins to combine the CEE-Trust report with other recommendations and suggestions from the public to determine the best way to proceed. 

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CEE-Trust report
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

KC Schools Need Drastic Reform, Report Says; Changes Could Apply Statewide

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Updated at 1:34 p.m., Mon., Jan. 13 with news of  unexpectedly large turnout at Jefferson City meeting.

To reverse student performance in Kansas City that it calls  “disastrous,” a consultant hired by Missouri education officials is proposing a makeover that would direct more money to individual schools, recruit outside nonprofit groups to run them and address non-academic needs such as health care, nutrition and even laundry services to prepare students better to learn.

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