Education

Missouri school funding
3:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Formula For Missouri Schools Is Sharply Underfunded, New Study Says

A new report by the Missouri Budget Project estimates that Missouri's public schools are underfunded by $656 million, or $700 for each student in Missouri.
Courtesy Normandy School District

Missouri’s public schools are underfunded by $656 million — averaging about $700 for each student in the state — according to an analysis released on Wednesday, but school officials see some hope for relief in the budget debate now being held in Jefferson City.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:48 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Discussion: Why Do St. Louis Area Kids Miss School? And What Can Be Done About It?

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As part of the St. Louis Public Radio project "Accounted For," chronic student absenteeism was the focus of St. Louis on the Air today. When students miss more than 10 percent of a given year of school, they become chronically absent. Millions of kids across America fall into this category, and it is far too often a predictor of future failure on several levels.

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Special Project
11:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Accounted For: Chronic Absenteeism Jeopardizes Classroom Success

Credit ShuttrKingKT / Flickr

It's a problem that's both obvious and invisible. You can have all the school improvement plans you want, but students can't learn if they're not in class.

With that in mind, St. Louis Public Radio is starting a project that looks at the impact of chronic absenteeism — defined as missing 10 percent or more of a school year for any reason — on learning.  

While the length of school years varies by district,  Missouri law requires a minimum of 174 days. That means a chronically absent student is missing at least three and a half weeks of class time. 

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Education
11:53 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Education Rundown: Young And Ready For School

Early childhood education is one key to success.
U.S. Department of Education

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better. This week, our Rundown looks at early childhood education and kindergarten.

Planting the seed

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Normandy School District
5:41 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Supporters of Normandy School District Rally

Supporters of the unaccredited Normandy School District rally in the high school gym on March 15, 2014.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

“Normandy Strong” was the cry Saturday at a rally for supporters of the Normandy School District, whose future is uncertain after losing accreditation and bearing the tuition costs of students transferred to other districts.

Officials estimate the district will be bankrupt in April if millions of dollars in supplemental funding isn’t approved by the legislature. Supporters are hopeful that the district, currently unaccredited, can survive this school year and beyond.  

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St. Louis Public Schools
6:01 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Adams Presents School Improvement Plan, Could Bring In Nonprofit Operators

Kelvin Adams, superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 8:45 p.m., Thurs., March 13 with details from final proposal and comments.

This evening St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams outlined his blueprint for building up academic achievement and meeting new standards established under the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP5).

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Normandy School District
4:46 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Will Now Hold Public Meetings

The state has named a task force to consider the future of the Normandy School District.
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A task force formed to make recommendations on the future of the Normandy School District will be conducting its future business in public, state education officials said Thursday.

The 10-member panel was named by Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, at the direction of the state board of education. The group held its first meeting on Monday without public notice and planned to continue meeting in private, according to its chair, Carole Basile, who is dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Ferguson-Florissant School District
4:26 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

McCoy Resigns As Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent

Art McCoy, the embattled superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, has resigned.
Ferguson-Florissant website Art McCoy

Updated with interview with McCoy and report on rally: Art McCoy, who was placed on paid leave from his post as superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in November, has resigned from his job, effective this Saturday.

The move was announced Wednesday afternoon in a joint news release from McCoy and the district Wednesday.

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Graduation Needed Everywhere
9:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Commentary From Honduras: Four Choices Or What Is A Young Man Without A Diploma To Do

The current Maestro en Casa class in Las Vegas, Honduras.
Credit Michael Dulick

You’d have to say, the odds are in his favor. In fact, it looked like a lock, when he talked me into signing him up for Maestro en Casa in Morazan, where he would spend weekends with Fermin and Maria and their kids. They have a very professional program there, directed by Fermin’s brother-in-law Javier, including actual classes on Saturdays that cover the material the students will be working on during the week at home in their “cuadernos” (combination text- and workbook).

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Normandy task force
5:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Panel On Normandy's Future Begins Meeting In Private

Chris Nicastro
Credit DESE website

A state-appointed task force charged with mapping the future of the Normandy School District has begun meeting in private to come up with recommendations for state school officials by the time the legislative session ends in May.

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