education

Part-Time Teachers
10:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

In Unions There Is Strength? Adjunct Instructors Hope So

Washington University's Brookings Hall
Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Updated at 9:16 a.m. Friday with agreement between Washington U. and union, cancellation of NLRB hearing:

For many university instructors with a Ph.D. following their name, the letters might stand for Pretty Hefty Disillusionment.

They’re the ones who, after working for years to earn a doctorate in their field, sadly find that the higher education system has no job openings for them to teach students what they know.

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School Reform
4:27 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Local Normandy Board Could Gain More Authority

Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

After complaints from teachers and others about how the initial year of the Normandy Schools Collaborative has gone so far, the state board of education wants to give more authority to the local appointed board.

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Racial Inequality
10:47 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Faith Community, Educators Renew Call For Equity In Education

Education summit-goers applaud keynote speaker John Jackson of Schott Foundation for Public Education Saturday Nov. 1, 2014 at St. John"s UCC.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis community and faith-based organizations renewed a commitment to increasing equity in public schools at an education summit Saturday sponsored Metropolitan Congregations United, United Congregations of Metro East and the St. Louis chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

A mix of educators, faith leaders and community members spent the day in discussion, worship and planning for a November 20 walk-in in support for community schools.

Little Rock Nine
3:48 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

To Help Set Future Course, Students Receive Lessons On Civil Rights Past

Carlotta Walls Lanier (left) and Edith Lee-Payne (right) speak with students at McCluer South-Berkeley High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Carlotta Walls Lanier asked students at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson to imagine a helicopter circling above and 1,200 troops from the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on their campus.

This is what life was like when she was the youngest of nine African-American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957 amid mobs of white segregationists. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Educators Address Racial Inequality

Credit (Flickr/Cast a Line)

Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education outlawed segregated schools. Now, race and another Brown family are in the news: 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson in August.

On Saturday, Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis and United Congregations of Metro East are sponsoring a daylong education symposium that will look at those events and racism.

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Missouri Board Of Education
3:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Search For Missouri Schools Chief Is Lengthened

Peter Herschend
Credit DESE website

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri state board of education voted Tuesday to put the search for a new commissioner on a slower track, then had a lengthy discussion about one of the big issues the next commissioner will face – turning around Normandy schools.

Rather than the accelerated process that board president Peter Herschend had favored, in which a successor to Chris Nicastro would have been chosen this week, the board bowed to objections from a variety of education groups that said such a fast track would have left them out of the process.

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Missouri Learning Standards
5:21 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Common Core Debate Calms Down; Longer Search Expected For Nicastro's Replacement

Retired educator Mary Byrne testifies at Monday's hearing
Credit Dale

JEFFERSON CITY -- Compared with the clamor and criticism that has accompanied the debate over Common Core State Standards in recent months and years, Monday’s hearing into the topic by the state board of education was positively tame.

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School Disruption
4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Superintendents Ask McCulloch Not To Announce Grand Jury’s Decision During School Hours

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A grand jury could be weeks away from deciding whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be indicted for fatally shooting Brown on Aug. 9 — an event that has sparked ongoing protests in Ferguson and the St. Louis area. Now the superintendents for seven school districts are asking St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch to consider the timing of when the decision is made public.  

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State Learning Standards
9:15 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Common Core Groups Begin Finding Common Ground

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

As Missouri’s state board of education gets ready to hold the first of three mandated hearings on new standards for public schools, members of the groups charged with writing the standards say politics is starting to take a back seat to education.

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Normandy Collaborative
10:10 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Normandy Teacher To DESE: We Need More Help

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

The new Normandy Schools Collaborative has completed one quarter of its first academic year, but if the experience of one teacher is any indication, conditions in the beleaguered district have not gotten any better under the control of a state-appointed board.

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