Education

Transfer law
10:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Lawmakers Set To Weigh Changes In School Transfer Law

Credit (via Flickr/alkruse24)

As planning begins for school transfers in the St. Louis area in the academic year that starts in August, and Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the new legislative session, one issue will loom large for both groups:

What changes, if any, will come to the transfer law that has dominated so many headlines, discussions and school board meetings in recent months?

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East St. Louis Schools
9:21 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

East St. Louis Schools' Progress Depends On State Support

Christopher Koch
Credit Illinois State Board of Education website

The state's takeover of the district aims to improve student achievement, finances and governance, but progress will be hard without more money from Springfield.

Christopher Koch knows what schools in East St. Louis need to succeed, and he has a pretty clear idea how to get the job done. He just hopes that the state of Illinois will provide the resources that the district needs.

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Obituary
9:16 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Sister Harriet Padberg: Pioneer In Music Therapy, Longtime Teacher

Sister Harriet Padberg
Credit Courtesy of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Sister Harriet Ann Padberg, a gifted musician and composer, who spent the last 40 years of her long life advocating music as a therapeutic way of improving the lives of people with physical and mental disabilities, found joy listening to Mozart’s music in her last hour.    

The lifelong St. Louisan died Jan. 2 of complications after a fall and hip break. She was 91.

“We were playing Mozart, she loved Mozart, it was very peaceful,” her sister Peggy Padberg McGarry, of Houston, said.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Commentary: Education Standards for All

Commentator Susan Uchitelle
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

I believe that it is vitally important for students to use critical thinking in all of their education courses as it is the essence to successful retention of knowledge since one should systematically work through any problem or challenge presented.

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Education
8:07 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Missouri’s High School Equivalency Exam Gets A Reboot

(via Flickr/Remko van Dokkum)

The path to a high school equivalency certificate in Missouri is about to be rewired.

Starting in January the GED exam, which has been used in the state since the 1940s, will be replaced.  It’s a move driven by digital change and an age old consideration -- cost.

Keyboards replace pencils

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School Transfers
11:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

From The Editor: Children Should Come First, But How?

All say they are working for the children
Credit laura00 | sxc.hu

Students are counting the days until winter break, but there's no break in sight in the controversies over school quality and student transfers.

In recent days, education reporters Tim Lloyd and Dale Singer took the lead in covering developments for the newly combined news operations of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon. Their work was a good example of how we can serve you better together.

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Education
11:52 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Ferguson-Florissant School Board Issues Charges Against McCoy

Art McCoy
Credit Ferguson-Florissant website

The Ferguson-Florissant school board has issued a list of charges to Superintendent Art McCoy, now on paid administrative leave, that could lead to his being fired for cause according to the terms of his contract.

Details of the charges were not released. The next step is for the board to schedule a hearing on the charges, which may or may not be open to the public, depending on whether McCoy and board members can reach mutual agreement on that point. No date for the hearing has been set.

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Grand Center Arts Academy
5:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Glickert Will Fill New Leadership Post At Grand Center Arts Academy

Lynne Glickert
Credit GCAA website

Lynne Glickert, who was ousted as principal of Grand Center Arts Academy, then brought back as interim principal after a storm of parental and student protest, has been named to a newly created leadership position at the school.

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St. Louis County Council
6:38 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

St. Louis County Council Exempts School Events From Permits

Schools will be able to sell cookies like these at fundraisers without obtaining a permit from St. Louis County.
Credit (Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio)

It may be fair to call legislation that the St. Louis County Council approved Tuesday the “School Picnic Protection Act.” 

OK, that may be a bit of an oversimplification. But proponents of the move to exempt some school events from county permits say the measure is just common sense.

“They’re not big fundraisers. These aren’t big auctions and things,” said Councilman Pat Dolan, D-Richmond Heights. “They’re bake sales and car washes and the like. Basically it hadn’t been enforced for a long time. And all of a sudden it was starting to be enforced."

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College graduation
4:57 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Push For More Diplomas Designed To Lure Jobs

Joe Reagan
Credit Regional Chamber

In an effort to attract employers and investors, the St. Louis Regional Chamber wants to add 75,000 college graduates by the year 2025, pushing the area into the top 10 nationwide in college attainment.

The first time Janet Martinez started college, she was right out of high school in Oklahoma. By her own admission, she was not quite ready for the responsibility involved: too many decisions, too much social life.

“It was all too much for me,” she says. She left after one semester.

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