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Features
9:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Sharon Robinson On Breaking Barriers, Fighting For Justice, And Getting Her Father's Story Right

Sharon Robinson signed books and spoke to students as part of the "Breaking Barriers - In Sports, In Life" program. She was there to congratulate essay contest winner Jennifer Wayland.
Erin Williams

When Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball in 1947, he laid a framework of courage and social justice for all Americans that would continue to help shape the future of the country both on and off the field.

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East St. Louis schools
12:47 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State, East St. Louis School Board Settle Lawsuit Over Attempted Takeover

(via Flickr/frankjuarez)

Illinois state education officials and members of the East St. Louis school board have settled a nearly year-old lawsuit sparked by the state board's attempt to take over the struggling district.  

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Business
5:28 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Roosevelt High Students Recognized By State Treasurer For Financial Literacy Course Completion

A Roosevelt High student shakes hands with state treasurer Clint Zweifel. The students were recognized today for their completion of the Regiona Bank Financial Scholars Program.
Erin Williams

Students at Roosevelt High School were recognized for their participation in the Regional Bank Financial Scholars program. The students completed a web course that taught the basics of money management, and received certificates in an assembly that included remarks made by State Treasurer Clint Zweifel.

Zweifel, who hails from North County, feels that the program helps to not only lay a financial foundation for the present, but also teaches the benefits of making good choices for the future:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy

The O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Robotics Team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition
(Courtesy: Eric O. Curry)

For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been reading, writing and arithmetic.

While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.

Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

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MO Statehouse
11:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Funding Boost For Mo. Schools, Small Raise For State Employees Likely

The Missouri State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Will be updated with more information.

Missouri schools appear likely to get a 2 percent funding increase next year. And state employees could get a small raise.

Those decisions appear to be locked into the budget as a result of decisions Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Education
5:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

McKinley High Students Oppose NRA Proposals For Guns In Schools

Miguel Plancarte, founding president of the Gay Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy stands at right with his fellow students. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network held a press conference today in opposition to the NRA's proposed measures to combat gun violence in schools.
Credit Erin Wiliams

The Gay-Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy held a press conference today in opposition of 

the NRA's proposal to train and arm at least one staff member in every school in the U.S. Released today, the report from the NRA's newly-formed National School Shield Taskforce recommends weapons training programs for school resource officers and personnel, and for states to adopt a new law that will allow additional personnel to bear arms.

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Sequester
3:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Sequester Won't Stop Tuition Help For Military Students At Webster, Lindenwood Universities

(via Flickr/j.o.h.n. walker)

Members of the military enrolled at two St. Louis-area universities will continue to get a break on their tuition, despite the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

Four of the five branches of the military suspended future grants earlier this month to meet the sequester requirements - but Lindenwood and Webster universities say they'll use their own resources to replace the federal tuition assistance program. 

Here are a few fast facts about what's involved:

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St. Louis school district
9:57 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes Bill Allowing 'Incompetent' St. Louis Teachers To Be Fired

Credit (Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)

(updated version)

Teachers with tenure in St. Louis could be fired for incompetency under a bill that was passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate.

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Education
4:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Students 'Cooking Up Change' For St. Louis Public Schools

Students scramble in the kitchen to finish their dishes for the competition. The task was to create a healthy lunch of one entree and two sides.
Erin Williams

Student chefs from Beaumont High School and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy competed today for a place in the national school cooking competition Cooking Up Change.

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Illinois Budget
5:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Quinn Proposes $400M Education Cut, Pension System Payouts In Budget Address

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.

In his annual budget address today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laid the blame on the General Assembly for forcing him to cut spending on schools and other key state priorities. Quinn says the cost of pensions is "squeezing" Illinois' finances, to the point that he's calling for a $400 million hit to education.

(Read the full text of the governor's prepared remarks

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