2:37 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

St. Louis-area educator named Missouri Teacher of the Year

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier has been named Missouri's Teacher of the Year.
(via Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Affton High School English teacher Cathy Cartier can now add "Missouri Teacher of the Year" award recipient to her resume.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says Cartier came to teaching later in life, following a career in social work. She also then served as a substitute teacher in the school district where she now works.

"I know that when I build relationships with my students I can aim high," Cartier said. "They will always amaze me."

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Edwardsville teachers
3:30 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Edwardsville teachers reject contract

An aerial view of Edwardsville High School. Teachers in the district voted Aug. 1 to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.
(web/Edwardsville School District)

Teachers in the Edwardsville, Ill. School District have voted to reject the district's last contract offer, setting the stage for a possible strike.

The contract rejection allows the EEA to file an official notice of intent to strike with the state's Educational Labor Relations Board.

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2:46 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Unfit to read? Book challenges in Missouri

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Banning books in schools is nothing new, but a project launched today by the Columbia Missourian examines which Missouri schools challenged which books, and why, since 2008. Check out the project via the link, which includes a map, interactive graphic and more. Some schools from the St. Louis region also make appearances in the data.
Book challenges run the gamut, both in rationale and result The project | Sunshine requests for public records of book challenges were sent to all 566 Missouri school districts asking for all correspondence regarding book challenges since Jan. 1, 2008. Responses to the requests came in from 495 of the school districts.
No Child Left Behind waiver
9:36 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Missouri gets approval to leave No Child Left Behind, behind

(via Flickr/comedy_nose)

The US Department of Education is waiving all No Child Left Behind requirements for Missouri schools.

The federal law requires students to meet proficiency standards in reading and math by 2014. Missouri applied  for a waiver after roughly 18 percent of districts in the state failed to meet yearly academic goals.

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2:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More charter schools may come to more Missouri areas, with Gov. signature

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon released more funding for public school bus transportation today. (via Flickr/Alex Grant (alextakesphotos))

Gov. Jay Nixon says he will sign legislation allowing charter schools to operate in more areas of Missouri but with greater oversight.

But the governor vetoed a separate education bill that would have made it easier for some students to transfer to other districts.

Nixon plans a formal signing ceremony for the charter school bill Wednesday night at the Missouri Girls State convention in Warrensburg.

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Politics: K-12 budget
7:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level

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A new spending plan for K-12 education in Missouri is now law.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the education budget last night at a Kansas City-area Boys State event.

The budget includes record funding for public schools, but remains below the levels called for in the state's education funding formula. A fix was supposed to be a priority for lawmakers in the last legislative session, but the Republican Party couldn't agree on a solution.

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12:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Changes coming to underfunded school funding formula

(via Flickr/alkruse24)
(via Flickr/alkruse24)

Missouri education officials are planning to adjust the underfunded state formula for distributing money to schools, with a goal of preventing drastic swings of money among the state's districts.

The formula includes a target for the amount to be spent educating each student. That target was scheduled to increase but the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will keep it at the current rate.

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Roy Blunt / Education
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Blunt says student loan debate is red herring

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
(via Flickr/Senator Roy Blunt)

Missouri’s Republican Senator says he’ll continue his opposition to a plan put forth by Democrats to extend federal subsidies for student loans for another year.

Roy Blunt says an alternative plan would accomplish the same goal, without raising the deficit.  Blunt says he supports freezing student loan interest rates where they are now, at 3.4 percent, but says he would pay for the subsidy by taking the money from part of the President’s 2010 healthcare overhaul— which he claims is partially funded by interest payments from student loans.

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Imagine schools
9:54 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

St. Louis Public Schools outline plan to accommodate Imagine students

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The St. Louis Public Schools have unveiled their plans to cope with a possible influx of students from the shuttered Imagine charter schools.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams says more than 1,200 of Imagine’s 3,500 students have applied to attend St. Louis Public Schools next year. He says if enough parents are interested, the district will open as many as six new buildings that would allow Imagine students to stay together.

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1:42 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Mo. House narrowly OKs changes to teacher layoffs

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The Missouri House has narrowly approved legislation that would prohibit seniority and salary from being considered when laying off teachers.

The bill would require school administrators to make teacher performance the most important factor in teacher layoffs, rather than starting layoffs with teachers who have not earned tenure.

Training and certification also could be considered.

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