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Education
12:31 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Mo. teachers rally at Capitol on tenure measure

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About 300 teachers are at the Missouri Capitol lobbying lawmakers over a measure that includes phasing out the state's teacher tenure system.

The teachers held a brief rally Tuesday the Capitol rotunda Tuesday. Among other things, the bill would not allow the state's tenure law to apply to teachers hired after June 2013.

Ralf Trusty, president of the Missouri State Teachers Association, says that teachers are an important part of a child's development. He says teachers need to know that their jobs are secure so that they can do those jobs well.

Education / Illinois Senate
2:11 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Illinois legislators debate four-year math requirement for high school students

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Reporting from Rachel Otwell of WUIS used in this report.

Illinois state legislators are pushing to tack on a year of math for high school students. But not everyone thinks that's a good idea.

Backers say requiring four years of math instead of the current three will prepare students going into skilled labor and science and engineering fields.

But, state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, says tacking on a year of math won't necessarily be beneficial.

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Education
3:28 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Schools fear Ill. Gov. Quinn's idea to shift pension costs

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Cash-strapped Illinois could save more than $1.3 billion a year if it passed off its portion of public teacher retirement benefits to schools and colleges, but administrators say it could mean ruin for some school districts.

Gov. Pat Quinn has expressed support for shifting the cost to local school districts and colleges to free up money to pay down a huge unfunded liability in the five state pension systems.

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Ill. State of the State
7:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Quinn to call for higher dropout age in Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky was used in this story.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will endorse legislation in his State of the State address next week that would raise Illinois' high school dropout age to 18, according to a statement from the Democrat's office.

The proposal would answer a call from fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who in his State of the Union address on Tuesday urged states to keep students in high school long enough for them to get their diploma.

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SLPS charter schools
5:12 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

SLPS looks to sponsor two new charters

The St. Louis Public Schools will ask the Mo. State Board of Education for permission to sponsor a charter school that will locate in the vacant Mitchell Elementary, shown here in a Google Maps screenshot.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

The St. Louis Public Schools will ask the Missouri State Board of Education for permission to sponsor a new charter school that will lease space in a vacant district property on the city's north side.

The state board that oversees the district approved the request last night.

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MO Statehouse
10:00 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Mo. bill allows quicker intervention in failing school districts

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Will be updated.

Some Missouri lawmakers want to give state education officials authority to intervene sooner to assist failing school districts.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before state education officials can step in. A push to eliminate the grace period comes shortly after the Kansas City School District became the state's third unaccredited district.

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School lawsuit
12:56 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Firefighters sue school districts over transfers

Attorney Tim Belz takes questions on a lawsuit filed on behalf of five city firefighters, including Mike Killingsworth (L) and Shawn Ryan (R), who want three suburban districts and the SLPS to follow a state Supreme Court ruling on student transfers.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional information from the Lindbergh School District.

Updated at 2:45 p.m. with information from the Webster Groves School District.

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with a statement from the Kirkwood School District.

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Teacher tenure
12:44 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Mo. constitutional amendment would outlaw teacher tenure

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Updated 2:50 p.m.

A proposed state constitutional amendment would bar tenure for Missouri's school teachers.

The proposed initiative petition was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state's office. It could appear before voters in November if supporters gather between 147,000 and 160,000 signatures from supporters.

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Immigration / Education
11:55 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Mo. bill would make schools immigration monitors

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An interest group is angry over a bill that would require all public schools to verify the immigration status of incoming students.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that the bill also would require law enforcement officers to check immigration status during all traffic stops when they have reasonable cause. And it would create a misdemeanor for not carrying proper citizenship documentation. It is sponsored by state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican.

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Education / Charter Schools in St. Louis
12:38 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

2 St. Louis charter schools to close

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Two under-performing St. Louis charter schools will close at the end of the school year.

James French, chairman of Missouri Baptist University's Education Division, which sponsors the schools, announced Monday that Imagine Academy of Academic Success and Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts, will close.

The university, which began sponsoring the schools in 2006, said neither school was living up to academic performance standards, was financially sound, or was showing signs of improvement.

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