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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Education / Illinois House of Representatives
2:14 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Ill. House targets loophole on teachers' pensions

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Illinois lawmakers are trying to close a loophole that let two lobbyists qualify for retirement benefits as teachers after spending a single day in the classroom.

The measure passed the House on Wednesday and now goes to the state Senate.

It targets two lobbyists for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. They spent one day as substitutes, which allowed them to qualify for the teachers' pension system.

Democratic Rep. Jack franks of Marengo calls it "depressing" that he needed to sponsor legislation to remove them from the pension system.

His bill passed 112-0.

1:24 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Missouri drops in math on national test

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While students in most states showed improvement on a national test, Missouri students lost ground.

The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress was announced Tuesday.

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says the report confirms what she calls an "urgent need to raise the bar academically and to focus on results."

On a scale of zero to 500, the average math score for Missouri eighth-graders was 282. That's down four points from 2009. And the average math score for fourth-graders was 240, down one point from 2009.

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Illinois / Education
10:54 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Judge sides with Ill. governor in regional superintendents' pay dispute

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Updated 5:12 p.m. with statement from Gov. Pat Quinn

Updated 1:20 p.m. with statement from superintendents

A circuit judge has upheld Gov. Pat Quinn's authority to eliminate salaries for regional school superintendents across Illinois.

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Illinois / Education
3:22 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Judge will rule Friday on Ill. superintendents' pay

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A Sangamon County judge says he is "aghast" at the hardships created by Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cancel salaries for the state's regional school superintendents.

But Judge John Schmidt also indicated Thursday that he's reluctant to interfere with the executive branch by ordering Quinn to restore the money.

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Illinois / Education
4:13 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Ill. regional school chiefs sue to get paid by state

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Illinois' 44 regional school superintendents have gone to court to get paid by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools filed a lawsuit in Sangamon County Friday seeking paychecks the Democratic governor cut off in July.

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MSTA / Education / Social Media
3:09 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Missouri State Teachers Association sues Mo. over social networking law

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Mo. Gov. Nixon signed SB54, also known as the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, into law in July - making national news regarding some of the bill's provisions on educators and social media.

Now the law is being challenged in court by the Missouri State Teachers Association.

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Illinois / Education
4:43 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Quinn wants to work out regional school superintendent pay

Ill. Gov. Peter Quinn.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to work with regional school superintendents on who should pay their salaries.

Superintendents across Illinois are working for free after Quinn in early July eliminated the funds that pay them and their assistants. That's because there's a budget dispute over where the money to pay them should come from.

Quinn said Monday he thinks "we can work that out" but provided no details.

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Illinois Dream Act / Education
2:28 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Quinn to name immigrant scholarships commission

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn says that by the middle of September he hopes to name a nine-member commission that will establish private scholarships for immigrant children in Illinois both illegally and legally.

Quinn says he wants to make sure people who want to serve on the commission created by the Illinois Dream Act he signed this week have time to submit their names for consideration.

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