education

Digital Divide
9:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

To Diversify Nation’s Tech Pipeline, AP Computer Science Gets A Reboot

Jacquie Parker, a senior at Ritenour High School in north St. Louis County, works on a project based on the pilot curriculum for AP Computer Science Principles.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Relatively speaking, not that many students take the Advanced Placement course in computer science.

Out of a little more than 2.3 million students for all subjects, fewer than 40,000 students took an exam for the course last year. While there was a slight uptick in the percentage of minority and female students, the data continue to show a jaw-dropping lack of racial and gender diversity.

Nationally, only 4 percent of all students who took the test were African American and just 20 percent were female.

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Education
9:07 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Student Transfer Debate Has New Element: Ferguson

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

Renewed efforts to change Missouri’s law on school transfers look pretty much the same as the bill vetoed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Nixon, but sponsors of the newly filed legislation say events in Ferguson have changed the atmosphere for the upcoming debate.

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State School Board
4:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

14 Candidates Seek Missouri Education Commissioner Post

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

The Missouri state board of education has a field of 14 candidates from which to choose the state’s new commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

After the board’s open meeting in Branson Thursday, where it approved added responsibility for the appointed school board that is running the Normandy Schools Collaborative, board president Peter Herschend said in a telephone interview that the applications of the 14 people who want to succeed retiring Commissioner Chris Nicastro would be reviewed in a closed session on Friday.

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College Readiness
4:06 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

St. Louis Public Schools Foundation Looks To Bolster College Readiness

Credit John Walker / Flickr

A new effort is underway to fortify the high school to college pipeline for students in St. Louis Public Schools.  

The St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, the fundraising partner for the district, wants to raise $2 million to hire eight counselors over the next three years to focus on college readiness. These counselors would serve students at all 15 of the district’s high schools. The highly regarded Metro Academic and Classical High School already has a counselor specifically focused on college readiness.   

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State School Board
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Normandy Board Set To Gain New Power, Outsource Subs And Other Responsibilities

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

As the appointed board that runs the new Normandy Schools Collaborative is about to take on new responsibilities for personnel decisions and improved academic achievement, it is working with outside agencies to find substitute teachers and help its littlest residents on the road to learning.

Following acceptance by the Joint Executive Governing Board of a proposal that it be in charge of evaluating, hiring and disciplining personnel, the state board of education is expected to approve the new plan at its meeting Thursday in Branson.

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Part-time faculty
4:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Washington U. Adjuncts Begin Voting On Union Next Week

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Adjunct faculty members at Washington University will begin voting next week on whether to join a union, with the ballots to be counted after the first of the year.

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Students and aging
8:11 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Washington University Students Ponder Life When They’re 64

Susan Stark
Credit Washington University

If medical tests found that you had risk factors that could possibly lead to Alzheimer’s disease when you are in your mid-60s, would you want to know?

What if you were a freshman in college, just starting out on your path to adulthood? Would that change your answer?

That’s one of the questions that students in a new course at Washington University are pondering as they look into what their futures may hold — cue the Beatles music — when they’re 64.

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Preparing for the unknown
4:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

In Anticipation Of Potential Unrest, Schools, Businesses And Activists Prepare

Sam's Meat Market in Ferguson. its windows are boarded up in anticipation of protests after the grand jury decision.
Credit Maria Altman / St. Louis Public Radio

As the wait goes on for an announcement by the Darren Wilson grand jury, people, businesses and organizations are taking steps to prepare for possible unrest. There are random anecdotes of parents preparing to bring their children home early from school, and businesses developing plans for locking down under duress.

But there are also more concrete plans in the works.

School closings

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St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Four Months In, Harris-Stowe President Discusses Job, Ferguson

Harris-Stowe State University President Dwaun Warmack
Credit Harris-Stowe State University

Dwaun Warmack took over as president of Harris-Stowe State University in July. A month later, Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, about 12 miles away.

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Part-Time Faculty
4:09 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Adjuncts At Washington U. Could Vote On A Union This Year; Organizers Active At Webster U.

Brookings Hall at Washington University
Credit Washington University

Adjunct instructors at Washington University could be voting by the end of this year whether to form a union now that the university and the Service Employees International Union have agreed on terms for an election to proceed.

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