education

No Child Left Behind waiver
9:36 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Missouri gets approval to leave No Child Left Behind, behind

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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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Education
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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Education
12:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Changes coming to underfunded school funding formula

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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.
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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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Education
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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School transfer law
12:35 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Judge rules Mo. school transfer law unconstitutional

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Updated at 5:30 pm with comments from lawmakers.

Updated at 4:45 with statement from Missouri Department of Education and to correct grammar mistake.

Updated at 1:55 with comments from attorney, Clayton School District.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

A St. Louis County judge has ruled that a Missouri law allowing students to transfer from unaccredited districts to neighboring accredited ones for free is unconstitutional.

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Education
3:50 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

School fair for Imagine Charter students

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There will be a school fair held Saturday to give parents of children at the closing Imagine Charter Schools a sense of their options next year.

The Missouri State Board of Education voted earlier this month to close six Imagine Schools June 30 because of poor academic performance and financial issues.

The fair will include the St. Louis Public Schools and other charter, private, and parochial schools.

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Education / Charter Schools
2:46 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. Senate supports charter school expansion bill

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The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that could allow charter schools to be formed outside of Kansas City and St. Louis.

In a voice vote Wednesday, the Senate backed a measure that would allow charter schools to be set up in districts that have been declared unaccredited. It would also allow charter schools in some districts that would have been provisionally accredited for three straight years, starting with next school year.

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