education

Title IX
2:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Outside Consultant Will Review UM Sexual Assault Policies

Tim Wolfe
Credit University of Missouri website

The University of Missouri system announced Wednesday it is hiring an outside consultant to review the school’s policies and materials concerning sexual assault and mental health services.

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7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

STL Croquet Art May Be A Gateway For Seventh-Grade Poets Nationwide

"Croquet Anyone," 1988, Lonnie Busch
Aaron Williams

When St. Louis attorney recruiter Aaron Williams became interested in croquet 30 years ago, it was about partying, not poetry. Getting some friends together to play croquet in Forest Park was just “something to do.”

“It was an opportunity for everyone to wear white and bring a bottle of champagne,” Williams quipped.

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Normandy Finances
8:21 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Normandy Faces Big Deficits — If It Survives

McNichols
Credit Normandy website

Depending on how tuition calculations for transfer students are figured for the coming school year, the Normandy School District — if it still exists — could end the upcoming school year with a deficit of as much as $11.7 million, district officials said Tuesday.

Addressing the latest meeting of a task force formed to determine options for Normandy’s future, Mick Willis, the district’s assistant superintendent of operations, presented four scenarios for the 2014-15 school year.

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7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetic Warriors: STL Seventh Graders Changing The World With Words

Kalise Harris
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

A South City Prep student who wrote about her best friend’s death set a high bar in the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation contest, created by St. Louis attorney Aaron Williams. But this year’s school winner seems ready to carry the mantle.

On Wednesday, 83 seventh-graders will perform an exercise in courage: reading their original poems at the Missouri History Museum in front of an audience. It’s the final event of the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation, called “Poetry on Their Own Terms.”

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St. Louis Public Schools
4:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools

Credit alkruse24 / Flickr

Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recommending that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.

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Missouri Budget
8:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

Credit / File photo

Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Education
11:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

Credit Adrian Clark / Flckr

This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success. As educators in Missouri  shift their focus from big picture attendance data to individual students, they are looking at how school clinics can help keep kids in school. 

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KIPP Expansion
9:47 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds

Tiara Abu outside the former Mitchell School
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

The charter school operator is opening a new location for kindergarten and first grade in north St. Louis this fall and plans to have six schools in St. Louis five years from now.

On her cell phone, Tiara Abu has a short video showing her and 5-year-old Jawon, sitting on his bed, giving a cheer and doing their best version of jazz hands.

What was the occasion?

“He had just counted to 100 for me,” explained Abu, adding: I hadn’t asked him to.”

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Semester Online
1:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Online College Course Consortium Collapses

Washington University announced it was dropping out of Semester Online.
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

After failing to make the grade with professors at Washington University, Semester Online is going offline for good.

The consortium was designed to let students at Washington U. and other schools in the group — universities such as Emory, Northwestern and Notre Dame — take online courses in areas that their home school does not offer. It began this school year, and the universities and Semester Online’s parent company, 2U, had high hopes that it could be a pioneer for online learning.

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School Board Election
10:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a school board that may not exist after the end of this school year. Pictured is a rally for Normandy earlier this school year.
Credit St. Louis Public Radio

School board elections often prompt little more than a ripple of public interest, but they are stirring up quite a bit more in at least two north St. Louis County districts this spring.

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a board that may not even exist after the end of this school year. In Ferguson-Florissant, two incumbents are facing a slate that was moved to join the field after Superintendent Art McCoy was placed on administrative leave, plus other candidates who entered the race as well. McCoy has since resigned his post.

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