Economic Development
11:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Universities Launch New Program To Help International Students Find Jobs In St. Louis

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab. She'd like to stay in St. Louis after graduation, but is having a hard time finding an employer to sponsor her visa.
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Friday morning a new initiative to help international students find jobs at local companies is being unveiled. Called the International Student Global Talent Hiring Program, the effort is being spearheaded by the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the St. Louis region the fastest growing major metro area of foreign-born residents by 2020.

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School Choice
9:13 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

In St. Louis, Parents Go Digital To Make Sense Of School Choice

Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer work on their website, which is aimed at helping parents make sense of school choice options in St. Louis.
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Angelee and Paul Brockmeyer have a soft spot for urban living and fixer-uppers.  

The couple spent five years rehabbing an old home in Chicago.  So, when they decided to pack up and come to St. Louis to be closer to family, Paul spent his weekends scouring the city's nooks and crannies for their next project. 

What they found was a sprawling Victorian in Compton Heights in need of elbow grease and updates.  

“It’s kind of easy to get sold on the whole package when you have this great neighborhood and you really love your house,” Angelee said. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Sept. 11: How Do We Teach Children About A National Tragedy?

Debbie Sobeck and her fifth grade class at Kennerly Elementary School discussing the events of Sept. 11 on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Credit Julie Bierach / St. Louis Public Radio

How do educators teach about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, especially with students too young to remember the tragedy?  

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Amendment 3
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Backers Of Teacher Tenure Amendment Pull Back, But Foes Plan To Fight On

Backers of an amendment to change teacher tenure have announced that they are suspending their campaign to pass the amendment.
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Even though a campaign to institute tougher evaluation and tenure rules for Missouri teachers is stopping its efforts, opponents of a constitutional amendment on the November ballot say they’re going ahead with their efforts to defeat it.

“We’re going to be campaigning full steam ahead,” Mike Sherman, spokesman for the group Protect Our Local Schools, said in an interview Wednesday. “We still need everyone in the state to vote no.”

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Mandated Negotiation Session
4:21 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Update: Metro East Teachers Union Sets Strike Date

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Updated at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Highland Education Association (HEA), the teachers union for Highland Community Unit School District # 5 in the Metro East, has set a strike date for Thursday, Sept. 11.

The union set the strike date following Friday's mandatory contract negotiation scheduled by a federal mediator. The mediator has scheduled another negotiation session for Monday.

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Education Standards
2:31 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Missouri Begins Process Of Replacing Common Core

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Though the national Common Core state standards will still be used to test Missouri students for the current school year, the process to replace them with standards written by Missourians has begun.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said Friday that groups designated to come up with the new Missouri Learning Standards, as set up by legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon in July, will begin meeting later this month in Jefferson City.

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Student Retention
10:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

St. Louis Public Schools To Hold Back 786 Kindergarten-Eighth Grade Students

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More than 780 kindergarten through eighth-grade pupils in St. Louis Public Schools who have fallen behind in reading are being held back this school year. That’s double the number of pupils retained last fall, when 372 students did not move on to the next grade.     

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School transfers
9:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Francis Howell Could Get Up To 350 Normandy Students

Francis Howell Superintendent Pam Sloan
Credit Francis Howell website

The superintendent of the Francis Howell school district says that if court rulings continue to favor transfers from the new Normandy Schools Collaborative, as many as 350 students could end up returning to Francis Howell.

Last year, Howell ended the year with 430 students who had transferred under the law that says students living in an unaccredited school district can transfer to nearby accredited districts. Normandy had designated Francis Howell as the district to which it would pay tuition, so most students who left Normandy transferred there.

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Art McCoy
3:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Former Ferguson-Florissant Superintendent Gets New Job, Retains Local Involvement

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Art McCoy may have a new job with an international focus, but the former superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant school district says he will still pay attention to the need for better learning in north St. Louis County.

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School transfers
2:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Tuition Policy Change Could Lead To Bankruptcy in Normandy

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Missouri education officials now say they will pay whatever tuition a receiving district charges for transfer students from Normandy, rather than a lower amount imposed earlier, raising new concerns about the state-run district's ability to survive financially.

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