education

Nixon in Fort Zumwalt
5:37 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Nixon Ties Good Jobs To Good Schools

Gov. Jay Nixon talks with students to stress that good schools are vital to Missouri’s ability to compete and create jobs in the global economy at Fort Zumwalt North High School in O'Fallon.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Gov. Jay Nixon came to Fort Zumwalt North High School Wednesday on his “Good Schools, Good Jobs” tour, and based on the questions he was asked in a class he visited, many of the students there could end up with jobs in journalism.

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Politics & Issues
11:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Nixon Calls Senate Tax-Cut Proposal 'Fiscally Irresponsible'

Gov. Jay Nixon lauds new GM vehicles during visit to St. Louis Auto Show
Credit Jo Mannies/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has swiftly attacked a state Senate panel’s action to approve a phased-in tax cut that he estimates will cost the state $1 billion a year when fully implemented.

Nixon called it a “fiscally irresponsible tax experiment.”

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Ferguson-Florissant Board
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Contests Set For Ferguson-Florissant School Board

Ferguson-Florissant website

Updated 3:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24 with news from press conference called by Grade A 4 Change.

Two of three incumbents on the Ferguson-Florissant school board who voted to put Superintendent Art McCoy on paid leave are running for re-election in April, but they will be facing challengers hand-picked because of their support for McCoy.

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Education
12:01 am
Wed January 15, 2014

All-Girls STEM Charter Could Open In 2015

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Six years ago Mary Stillman attended a lecture by Ann Tisch at Washington University.

“That was my ah-ha moment,” Stillman recalls.  “Here she is talking about this group of public schools for girls who wouldn’t otherwise have this model of education and it’s working.”

Tisch is the founder of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which operates a network of all-girls public schools and boasts a 93 percent graduation rate at its flagship institution in East Harlem.

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Common Core
2:51 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Pro And Con, State School Board Hears About Common Core

At a meeting of the state board of education, those for and against the Common Core made their case over an issue that was settled back in 2010.

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri has already adopted and begun to implement the Common Core State Standards,  but a group of diehard opponents urged the state board of education Tuesday to follow what they said is the lead of other states and reconsider.

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Education
5:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

State Board Has Praise, Questions For Proposal On Struggling Schools

CEE-Trust presented its plan on helping Kansas CIty schools at a meeting of the Missouri Board of Education.
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JEFFERSON CITY -- After hearing a one-hour presentation by CEE-Trust of its proposal on how to help struggling schools in Kansas City -- and possibly throughout Missouri -- members of the state board of education had an hour's worth of questions on their own.

Now, the process begins to combine the CEE-Trust report with other recommendations and suggestions from the public to determine the best way to proceed. 

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CEE-Trust report
1:00 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

KC Schools Need Drastic Reform, Report Says; Changes Could Apply Statewide

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Updated at 1:34 p.m., Mon., Jan. 13 with news of  unexpectedly large turnout at Jefferson City meeting.

To reverse student performance in Kansas City that it calls  “disastrous,” a consultant hired by Missouri education officials is proposing a makeover that would direct more money to individual schools, recruit outside nonprofit groups to run them and address non-academic needs such as health care, nutrition and even laundry services to prepare students better to learn.

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Education
10:25 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Date Set For McCoy Hearing

Credit Ferguson-Florissant website / Art McCoy

Updated Feb. 23, 2014 

Lawyers for Superintendent Art McCoy and the Ferguson-Florissant School District have agreed to a hearing date of March 12-13, according to a district spokesperson. 

McCoy is currently on administrative leave with pay.

This will be McCoy's first opportunity to respond to the board's charges.

For the board, the hearing is a necessary step before it could dismiss McCoy.

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August transfers
10:40 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Planning Begins For August Transfers

The guidelines for school transfers this fall are already being sent out.
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Even as lawmakers and others got ready to craft possible changes to the transfer law, EducationPlus released guidelines for the next round of student transfers beginning this coming August.

The first round was a rushed affair. The Missouri Supreme Court did not uphold the transfer law until June 11, though the suit involved had been winding its way through the courts for several years and had already been upheld by the high court once.

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Transfer law
10:38 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Lawmakers Set To Weigh Changes In School Transfer Law

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As planning begins for school transfers in the St. Louis area in the academic year that starts in August, and Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City for the new legislative session, one issue will loom large for both groups:

What changes, if any, will come to the transfer law that has dominated so many headlines, discussions and school board meetings in recent months?

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