Education

Teacher tenure petition
5:07 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Teachers Unions Gear Up To Oppose Proposals On Hiring, Firing

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An initiative petition to change the rules under which Missouri educators can be hired and fired hasn’t been certified for the ballot yet, but teachers unions already have their battle lines drawn.

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Education
8:40 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Commentary: Normandy Superintendent Urges Legislature To Act

Superintendent Tyrone McNichols
Credit Normandy School District

As superintendent of the Normandy School District, I urge our legislators and governor to reform the school transfer law before the end of this year’s session. Getting this done now is critical for our district and for metropolitan districts throughout the state.

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Home Works
3:48 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Roosevelt High Students Aim To Turn Donated Pews Into Learning Opportunities

Roosevelt High School students in St. Louis move pews donated by Temple Israel of Creve Coeur.
Credit Wiley Price/St. Louis American

Kenyun Robinson, 16, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in the St. Louis Public Schools, has a desk and bookshelves at home. But he knows that many students do not, and that is why he was eager to work on a project that the Home Works organization brought to his school on Friday. 

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Chronic Absenteeism
9:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Accounted For: In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

Linda Carter teaches Algebra II in South Pemiscot County High School in Steele, Mo.
Jacob McCleland

 

Principal Glenn Carter cracks open the door to an Algebra II class at South Pemiscot High School in rural Steele, Mo., where teacher Linda Crawford shuffles four reluctant students into different configurations. Students chuckle as Crawford gleefully moves her volunteers from place to place. One student, 11th grader Alli Jones, laughs and jots down a few careful notes with the rest of the class.

Last year, Jones probably wouldn’t have been here. She skipped school almost every week.

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Education
10:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Board Approves St. Louis Schools Improvement Plan

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The Special Administrative Board (SAB) overseeing St. Louis Public Schools has approved a school improvement plan intended to serve as a blueprint for earning back full accreditation for the district.  

The plan developed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams divides schools into four tiers based on academic performance and lays out the five overarching goals listed below. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Sexual Assault Policies, State Funding And More: A Conversation With UM System President Tim Wolfe

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.
Credit University of Missouri website

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. He oversees the management of the four institutions within the system: University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology, and has held the position since February 2012.

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Education
2:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Clergy Coalition Voices Support For St. Louis School Improvement Plan

Rev. C. Jessel Strong, president of the Clergy Coalition of Greater St. Louis (center), speaks during a press conference on Monday, April 28.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

A coalition of clergy from more than 40 metropolitan area churches is backing the school transformation plan put forth by St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams.

“We acknowledge there are components that people are unhappy about, unsure about and uncompromising about,” said the Rev. Earl Nance Jr. of Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “We honor the concerns that people have.  At the same time, we believe that is worth a try.”

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Education
9:40 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Educational Rundown: Tests, Technology And Tuscaloosa

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.

Testy parents

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Tax-Credit Scholarships
2:52 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

School Transfer Law Should Include Private School Option, Lawmakers Say

Students in unaccredited districts should be able to transfer to nonsectarian private schools, say two state senators.
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Despite opposition from a coalition of Missouri school groups, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers said Friday that to win passage, school transfer legislation needs to include the option of non-sectarian private schools.

State Sens. John Lamping, R-Ladue, and Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, along with House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, discussed the issue at a forum on tax-credit scholarships. With three weeks left in the legislative session, a transfer bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Senate is now moving through the House.

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Dwaun J. Warmack
4:50 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New Harris-Stowe President Focuses On Academics, Image

Dwaun J. Warmack
Credit Harris-Stowe State University

The incoming president of Harris-Stowe State University doesn’t take over until mid-July, but Dwaun J. Warmack has a pretty good idea of what his priorities will be.

He told a news conference on campus Thursday that he is a visionary leader, and his vision has four parts:

  • Academic excellence
  • Strong enrollment and retention of students
  • Marketing and branding
  • Friend-raising and fund-raising

And, Warmack said, his background prepares him to get the job done.

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