Education

Code Red
4:15 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Shortage Of Programmers? Time For Code Red

Michael Palmer, CEO of Code Red Education.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis startup wants to provide schools with a curriculum, training and support to help teachers show students how to write computer code so they can land a good job even if they don't go to college.

To get an idea of why training students to write computer code should be a higher priority for schools, consider these numbers:

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Education
1:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. House Committee Recommends Tuition Limit For School Transfers

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After traveling the state to get feedback from educators and community members, the Missouri House Interim Committee on Education has released its final report.

Among the recommendations is a tuition limit for what an unaccredited district pays when a student transfers to an accredited district in the same or adjoining county.

(Go here for an FAQ on student transfers)

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Education
6:07 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Embattled Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent McCoy Speaks Out

Art McCoy, superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, speaks during a press conference on Nov. 26, 2013.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

The Superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, Art McCoy, spoke publicly today for the first time about being placed on administrative leave by the school board on Nov. 6.

Last week the Missouri Department of Education said it had found “significant alterations” to 2012 student attendance data that was submitted in August, and that it will work with district staff to make the necessary corrections. The state factors attendance numbers into how much funding a district will receive.   

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Education
2:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Beacon Merger Approved By UM System Curators

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During the University of Missouri Board of Curators' two-day meeting at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the board unanimously approved the merger of the non-profit news organizations St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon, which is expected to be completed next month.

Leadership at both organizations has been planning the merger for more than a year.

St. Louis Public Radio’s license is held by the University of Missouri Curators, and the merger required the board’s approval.

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Education
4:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Rising Student Debt Could Be An Economic Drag

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In Missouri, the average student loan debt for people between 25 and 34-years-old has increased by about 120 percent over the past eight years. In Illinois, that number has jumped more than 140 percent, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Nationally, student loan debt has topped the $1 trillion mark, surpassing credit card debt and auto loans.  

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Education
5:30 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Commentary: School Transfer Fairness

Commentator Chris Krehmeyer
Courtesy of Beyond Housing

A recent decision by the Normandy School District will set the stage for the state and our region to address the financial aspect of the student transfer law.   Whether or not you agree with their decision, Normandy was not in any financial trouble before the transfer ruling and was in full compliance of state standards of fiscal soundness.  So how did we get here?

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Commentary: Tax Credit Scholarships: A Win-Win For Everyone

Commentator Dr. James Shuls
Courtesy of Show Me Institute

Imagine going to a school where less than a quarter of students are reading on grade level and a third of your classmates will never make it to graduation. Many students in the St. Louis area do not have to imagine because that is their sad reality. Until recently, students in these failing schools have been trapped unless they could afford private school tuition or they could move to a different school district.

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School Bond Audit
10:22 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Audit Claims Mo. K-12 Schools Could Save Money By Changing Bond Bidding Process

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A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.

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Education
7:41 am
Tue November 12, 2013

McNichols Lays Out Plan To Earn Back State Accreditation For Normandy

Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols presents his plan to earn back state accreditation for the district on Monday, Nov. 11.

Dianitia Butler has been in the Normandy School District her entire life.

The senior at Normandy High School is quick to tell you that it’s been a rough year, and she’s especially frustrated by staff reductions brought on by expenses associated with school transfer.

Despite the challenges, she’ll also tell you that school spirit is alive and well. 

“It’s definitely students coming together as one,” Butler said, who is also the student representative for the school board.   “Seeing that we’re all in this together.”

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Education
8:42 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Is St. Louis' School Transfer Program 'A Mess?'

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 11:11 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We are in St. Louis, Missouri today for a special broadcast from St. Louis Public Radio. We're going to be giving you a bit of St. Louis flavor. In a few minutes, we will talk about one of the city's biggest bragging rights. Hint, it has nothing to do with swinging a bat or throwing a ball.

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