education

Normandy bills
5:02 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Two New Bills Would Help Normandy Avert Bankruptcy

Rick Stream
Credit Missouri House website

Rep. Rick Stream, chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee, filed two bills Thursday that could help the Normandy School District avert going bankrupt in April.

One bill, part of a supplemental appropriations request, would provide $5 million in emergency funds for Normandy to help the district finish out the year. The other would result in districts that have received tuition payments for students transferring from unaccredited Normandy paying back some of that money to the district.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:10 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Teaching Grit: To Succeed Sometimes You Need To Experience Failure, Educator Says

Head of New City School Thomas Hoerr, PhD.

If school is a preparation for life, then school should prepare students to succeed in life, not just in school. And in life sometimes you have to overcome failure in order to succeed.

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Failing schools
2:54 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Study Projects Financial, Educational Impact Of School Transfers

Don Senti
Credit EducationPlus website

If Normandy School District goes bankrupt and its students are sent to other area schools, the effect would be dramatic both financially and educationally, according to a study released Tuesday by the group EducationPlus.

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State board session
5:50 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Missouri School Board Ponders How To Improve Unaccredited Districts

The current the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts propelled much of the discussion at a working session of the Missouri board of education.
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JEFFERSON CITY -- From the start of Monday’s six-hour session considering a variety of ways to help struggling schools, the head of the Missouri board of education emphasized that the state is concerned about long-range, broad-based policy, not the operations of individual districts.

But as board members heard a number of presentations on suggested reforms, the talk returned time and again to the current transfers out of unaccredited school districts and the impact on the students who live there.

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Education
9:34 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

At Ed-Tech Conference, Midwestern Educators Will Explore The Flip

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Rapid-fire changes in technology have the potential to turn education on its head, and Lodge McCammon thinks that can be a good thing. 

“Because the technology is going to be so ingrained and fluid, we won’t really have to teach students how to use technology so much as how to reflect on their own learning and use it in smart ways,” he said.

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DESE
10:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

DESE Hears Pleas To Keep Public In Charge Of Public Schools

Attorney William Douthit speaks during a public hearing on unaccredited schools on Feb. 5, 2014.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio/The Beacon

As Missouri education officials continue to gather public comment on what the state should do to help unaccredited school districts, one sentiment became clear Wednesday night:

The public needs to have a strong voice in whatever plans are adopted.

In the second of four hearings in the latest round of attempts by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to gauge public sentiment about a variety of plans put forth so far, about 200 people showed up at the J.C. Penney Auditorium on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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Education
3:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Parents, Schools Feel The Pain Of Latest Snow Closings

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Another winter storm is laying out a fresh blanket of headaches across the St. Louis region.

“I’m like, when is it over?” said Teresa Padratzik.

The corporate recruiter was on her way to pick up her two children who attend school in the Parkway District, one of several across the St. Louis region that dismissed students early today. On top of that, all the snow days this school year are gnawing into her vacation time and delaying projects at work.

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UM Curators
3:29 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

UMSL Optometry Expansion Wins Curator Approval

UMSL Chancellor Tom George
Credit UMSL website

Despite financial concerns that threatened to derail its approval, a $17 million building for the optometry program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis won passage Friday, but not without reservations over how it will be paid for.

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CEE-Trust Alternative
10:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New School Report Focuses On Local Control, Wrap-around Services

Credit From the report

 A report from a coalition of church groups in St. Louis says a plan commissioned by the Missouri state board of education to help struggling school districts could result in “an educational ghetto.”

Instead of the plan presented earlier this month by the outside consultant CEE-Trust, a group known as Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis wants to give more local control to school districts. It also wants to focus on school culture, curriculum and staffing and provide so-called wrap-around services for students who do not get proper support at home.

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UM tuition freeze
6:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

UM Curators Approve Tuition Freeze, Order Investigation Of Rape Allegations

University of Missouri at St. Louis

Updated at 10:12 p.m. with investigator hired for Courey case:

Tuition for resident undergraduate students at the four campuses of the University of Missouri will remain flat for the coming school year after a unanimous vote by the Board of Curators Wednesday.

Meeting in Columbia, the curators went along unanimously with a recommendation by university President Tim Wolfe. He in turn was agreeing with a wish expressed by Gov. Jay Nixon last week in his State of the State address.

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