Education | St. Louis Public Radio

Education

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Destiny Esper says she never watched "Welcome Back, Kotter." Now, she’s living the sequel.

Four years ago, Esper was the valedictorian at Normandy High School. After graduating from Franklin College in Indiana, where she studied journalism and public relations, then going through intensive training with Teach for America, she began her classroom career this week as an English teacher at Normandy Middle School, where she once was a student.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 14, 2012 - No news is being seen as good news for supporters of the public policy studies department at Saint Louis University, which had been targeted for closure by the school's academic vice president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 13, 2012 - When Timothy Wolfe officially arrives in Columbia this week to take his place as president of the University of Missouri system, it won't be his first association with the Mizzou campus, and he will hardly be a stranger to the city, where he grew up and was a star high school quarterback.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 13, 2012 - In her scarlet, clinging dress, mezzo-soprano Kendall Gladen arched her head with gypsy attitude, hit a D and sang "Quand je vous aimerai," French for "When will I love you?" The line begins one of opera's best-known arias, the taunting habanera in Georges Bizet's "Carmen."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - When we picture ourselves coping with disaster, we often imagine running to the basement where we've ideally stashed our canned food, bottled water and hand-crank radio.

But even if you're prepared at home, there's a good chance you might not be there when disaster strikes. Adding up car time and hours at work, places of worship and in numerous other activities, it's common to be away for half the day or more.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 5, 2012 - When Matthew MacEwan came to the fork in the road, he took it.

At 30, MacEwan is a Washington University medical student who is simultaneously pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering and the inventor of a possible medical breakthrough to speed surgical healing. Plus, he recently embarked upon an attendant business venture.

Mental health care on campus: Need up, services down

Feb 5, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 5, 2012 - More college students are arriving on campus reporting serious mental health problems and more students are threatening suicide than in the past. But some college counseling services, such as those at Southern Illinois University  Carbondale, are so understaffed that many students have to wait weeks before getting help.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 4, 2012 - National School Choice Week is ending in Missouri with a flurry of proposals that would sharply increase the number of charters, establish scholarships to private and parochial schools, solve the dilemma over students in unaccredited districts transferring to nearby schools and carve the Kansas City school district into pieces annexed by surrounding districts.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2012 - Professor Teresa Guess has no love for the word race.

"It's my least favorite word in the English language," she says. "I see it as a very politically loaded concept that seems more to divide than it seems to unite."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 26, 2012 - Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, a noted educator and former president of Webster University who transferred control of the institution away from the Catholic Church, died in her sleep on Jan. 19, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. She was 85.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 20, 2012 - Chris Guinther and Marc Ellinger both agree that Missouri children deserve to have the best possible teachers standing in front of their classes every day.

Beyond that, though, they don't agree on much.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 18, 2012 - The Saint Louis University department of public policy studies says that rather than be shut down, as a university report has recommended, it should be strengthened to help the university fulfill its urban mission and help train students to fill posts expected to become vacant in upcoming years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 17, 2012 - St. Louis Public Schools have reversed two of the three problems that led to their loss of accreditation from the state and are well on their way to conquering the last one: student achievement.

That was the message brought Tuesday to the State Board of Education meeting in Jefferson City by Superintendent Kelvin Adams and Rick Sullivan, head of the state-appointed Special Administrative Board that took over the city schools in 2007.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2012 - With state support down and demand for accountability in education up, Missouri's public colleges and universities may soon see dollars from Jefferson City parceled out in a new way: performance funding.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 28, 2011 - When he took over as superintendent of the East St. Louis schools in September, Arthur Culver said he was motivated by a challenge.

So far, he has lots of reasons to be motivated.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 19, 2011 - Citing continued shortcomings in academic achievement and governance, Missouri Baptist University said Monday that it was revoking the charter of one of the Imagine charter schools it sponsors in St. Louis and putting others on probation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 18, 2011 - When visitors to the Innovative Concept Academy in north St. Louis step inside the front door, the first things they encounter are a metal detector and a bank of four TV screens, each monitoring 16 spots where trouble might be brewing.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 16, 2011 - U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay says there is a role for Congress and the federal government in the national effort to combat the bullying of children in school, in public and online.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2011 - How can American schools help guarantee that they have the best teachers possible?

A panel that addressed the question after a showing of a movie on the plight of teachers had a somewhat paradoxical answer: Make it tougher to become a teacher and easier to stay.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 14, 2011 - The next president of the University of Missouri system is Timothy M. Wolfe, a veteran businessman who grew up in Columbia, led his high school to a state championship as its quarterback, then went on to earn a business degree from Mizzou.

Wolfe, 53, will take office Feb. 15, when interim President Steve Owens will step down. Owens has served as president since Gary Forsee resigned last January to take care of his sick wife; he had said he did not want the job on a permanent basis.

Pages