Education

College presidential searches
5:12 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Help Wanted: Local Colleges Search For New Leaders

An entryway of Saint Louis University.
via Flickr/chuteme

Updated at 3:23 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17, with announcement of new SIU president. Some of the jobs came open suddenly, one at the end of a long campus standoff and still others quietly at the end of long, productive tenures, but they all have resulted in room at the top of the ivory tower:

At least four local schools – Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis Community College and the Southern Illinois University system – have vacancies in the office of their top administrator or did until Monday, when SIU named a new president.

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Mizzou rape investigation
12:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

St. Louis Law Firm Will Investigate Mizzou's Handling Of Alleged Rape

Don Downing
Credit University of Missouri website

Updated 4:43 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14 with Wolfe announcing task force on sexual assault policies and mental health issues.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has hired the St. Louis law firm of Dowd Bennett to investigate the handling of allegations of sexual assault of a former student at the Columbia campus who later committed suicide.

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Normandy bills
5:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Two New Bills Would Help Normandy Avert Bankruptcy

Rick Stream
Credit Missouri House website

Rep. Rick Stream, chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee, filed two bills Thursday that could help the Normandy School District avert going bankrupt in April.

One bill, part of a supplemental appropriations request, would provide $5 million in emergency funds for Normandy to help the district finish out the year. The other would result in districts that have received tuition payments for students transferring from unaccredited Normandy paying back some of that money to the district.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:10 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Teaching Grit: To Succeed Sometimes You Need To Experience Failure, Educator Says

Head of New City School Thomas Hoerr, PhD.

If school is a preparation for life, then school should prepare students to succeed in life, not just in school. And in life sometimes you have to overcome failure in order to succeed.

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Failing schools
2:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Study Projects Financial, Educational Impact Of School Transfers

Don Senti
Credit EducationPlus website

If Normandy School District goes bankrupt and its students are sent to other area schools, the effect would be dramatic both financially and educationally, according to a study released Tuesday by the group EducationPlus.

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State board session
5:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.
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JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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School Transfers
12:10 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Commentary: When Is Normandy’s Plan Not A Plan? When Nobody Knows It’s There

Credit From the Normandy Planning Document

Anyone who attended DESE’s Feb. 5 community forum may have noticed the same thing I noticed: The plan Normandy School District submitted to DESE on Tuesday, Feb. 4, was nowhere to be seen or heard.

DESE’s presentation was designed to inform citizens of the significant characteristics of each plan so the department could take public input into consideration before making a recommendation to the Missouri School Board. (A PDF of the DESE presentation is available online.)

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DESE
10:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools

Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

In the second of four hearings in the latest round of attempts by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to gauge public sentiment about a variety of plans put forth so far, about 200 people showed up at the J.C. Penney Auditorium on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Local Community College Leaders Respond To State Of The Union, Prepare Students For Workforce

The Liberal Arts Building at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois
(Courtesy: Southwestern Illinois College)

During the State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called on community colleges to build stronger partnerships with local businesses.  And according to St. Louis-area community college leaders, many of those initiatives are already in place on their campuses.

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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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