Education

American Graduate
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Special Project: As Dramatic School Year Ends, New Choices For Students May Be Coming

St. Louis Public Radio and the Nine Network of Public Media have collaborated on a weeklong series of reports on education.
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A tumultuous school year in Missouri is about to end, and a new era in school choice could be about to begin.

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St. Louis Schoools
12:17 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Group Calls For 'Community Learning Centers'

AFT St. Louis President Mary Armstrong speaks at a rally in front of City Hall on Saturday.
Credit Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

On the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education decision Saturday, a small group rallied in front of City Hall to call on elected officials to improve St. Louis’ schools.

The students, parents, members of Metropolitan Congregations United and representatives from the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis want schools turned into “community learning centers.” 

St. Louis Public Schools teachers’ union president Mary Armstrong says she would like these “centers” to focus more on learning and less on student testing.

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Normandy Recommendations
5:29 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Normandy Task Force Recommends New Name, New Structure In Current Boundaries

The task force to make recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District has released its report.
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A task force set up to make recommendations for the future of the unaccredited Normandy School District says a new structure with a new name, within the current boundaries of the district, should be set up. It would report directly to the state board of education.

The Normandy School District was classified as unaccredited as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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Commentary
9:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Keeping An Eye On Student Transfers

The Missouri House
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The Missouri legislative session’s finale played out this week with members in their usual swivet of last-minute activity and suspense. Watching the action in the closing days is like watching the cap dance at a Cardinals’ game — blink and you lose track of what’s going on.

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Student Transfers
4:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Transfer Bill Revives Ill Will Between Nixon, Some Black Politicians

Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Credit Missouri Senate

A long-simmering feud between Gov. Jay Nixon and some black politicians, going back to his days as Missouri’s attorney general, flared up again in Jefferson City this week, fanned by the debate over school transfer legislation.

But not all African-American officials are taking sides against the governor. Some, especially in the state House, are urging Nixon to veto the student transfer bill, because they consider its changes in the transfer law harmful to black students.

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Immigration Policy
10:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

STEM Degrees In Hand, International Students Face Uncertain Future

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Yinzi Liu sat in the café at Washington University’s Medical School and nervously fiddled with the sleeve on her coffee cup.   

The 28-year old will graduate tomorrow with a doctorate in developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology.  While earning her degree she spent countless hours glued to a microscope, peering into zebrafish embryos for clues that could one day lead to the early detection of human birth defects.

By most accounts she should be brimming with excitement. Instead she’s loaded with anxiety.

“The clock is ticking,” Liu said.     

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Education
7:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Hones Ideas, Lawmakers Grapple With Transfer Issue

Carole Basile
Credit UMSL website

A task force charged with making recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District finished meeting Monday and plans to send its report to state education officials later this week.

Carole Basile, dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said she plans to take the discussions from the task force over the past several weeks and draw up a list of recommendations that she will submit to Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

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Kirkwood
9:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Racial Taunt Against 12-Year-Old Girl Stirs Concern In Kirkwood

Antona and Kiden Smith
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

When Antona Smith saw her 12-year-old daughter, Kiden, walk into Kaldi’s in Kirkwood one afternoon last month, she knew right away that something was wrong.

“She got to me, and I held her,” Smith said in a recent interview at the Kirkwood Public Library. “She was quivering, but she couldn’t tell me at first. So all I could do was hold on to her and ask her what’s wrong, did something happen to you?

“And she was shaking her head yes, something did happen, someone did something to her, but she wasn’t ready to say it yet.”

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Education
10:16 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Education Rundown: Sleep Helps Students; Racial Achievement Gap Persists

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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.

Snooze button

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Stop The Violence
3:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Students Rally For Peace In St. Louis

Around 400 students, community leaders and public officials rallied for peace and marched down Riverview Boulevard near the Northwest Academy of Law High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

It felt a little like a pep rally outside of Northwest Academy of Law High School in north St. Louis as about 400 students, community leaders and members of law enforcement representatives marched down Riverview Boulevard during an event geared toward reducing violence.

Banners waved and a cheerleading crew shouted things like: “We are respectable!”

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