education

From NPR's All things Considered
2:47 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Missouri outlaws student-teacher Facebook friendship

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Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 5:12 pm

A law signed into law last month in Missouri is making waves nationally, this week. A small part of the wide-ranging SB54, makes it illegal for teachers to be "friends" with students on any social networking site that allows private communication.

That means teachers and students can't be friends on Facebook or can't follow each other on Twitter for example.

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Illinois / Education
2:55 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Ill. state schools chief says budget cuts hurt reform

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Illinois' education chief says the state hasn't provided enough money to institute a new education reform law that's been praised nationwide.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month legislation that makes it harder for teachers to strike and easier for districts to fire them, among other things. The bill had support from unions and advocacy groups.

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Education
3:01 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

National grant awarded for local early-childhood educators

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The American Federation of Teachers has awarded a national grant to AFT St. Louis, the St. Louis Public School District and Harris Stowe State University to create professional development programs for early childhood educators.

Each year, more than 2,000 children attend pre-K in St. Louis Public Schools. Through the program, pre-K teachers and paraprofessionals will receive training in early learning so that students have a strong foundation for later learning.

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Illinois / Education
9:47 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Illinois drops writing from standardized exam

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Illinois is down to just reading and arithmetic. Writing skills will no longer be tested during the state's standardized exams for high school juniors every spring.

The Chicago Tribune reports that eliminating the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state's budgetary shortfalls.

Illinois had already dropped writing assessments for elementary and middle school students last year.

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State of Missouri Budget
2:06 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Nixon signs, and cuts, FY2012 Mo. budget

An interior view of the dome at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $172 million from the state budget today, including cuts to education.
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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has signed Missouri’s $23 billion budget for the next fiscal year into law – but he’s also slashed $172 million from the spending plan that takes effect July first.

Nixon says the cuts are needed not only to keep the state budget balanced, but to also help cover storm damage costs.

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Illinois / Bright Start Savings Program
12:45 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Thousands miss out on Ill. college savings offer

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The Illinois treasurer has bad news for thousands of people who put money into college savings accounts last week: They're not getting a matching donation they had expected.

Participants in the Bright Start savings program were told that deposits of up to $250 would be matched dollar for dollar. The offer was limited to the first 2,500 people.

But the Bright Start website didn't display up-to-date information. It showed the matching money was still available even after all 2,500 slots had been filled.

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Education
4:18 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Mo. board rejects school transportation hardship

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The state Board of Education has denied a school district transfer for a southwest Missouri family in a case that some officials claimed could have encouraged parents statewide to try to switch districts.

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro had said a kindergarten pupil should be shifted from the Blue Eye to the Shell Knob district because of a transportation hardship. Nicastro said Table Rock Lake posed a natural barrier resulting in a long bus ride that was a hardship.

Illinois / Education
5:59 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Ill. House votes to cut education spending

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

Legislators have given their equivalent of an "A" to an education measure heralded as landmark. After heavy negotiations, it's on its way to the governor's desk.

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SLPS budget
10:49 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

Crowd expresses some unease with SLPS budget

St. Louis Public Schools superintendent Kelvin Adams listens as SLPS parents Maxine Johnson outlines her concerns with the 2011-2012 spending plan.
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A respectful crowd of 85 parents and district activists filled seats at Vashon High School Monday night seeking some clarity on the 2011-2012 budget for the St. Louis Public Schools.

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Education Funding
1:47 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Mo. Gov. Nixon signs education funding legislation

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon shakes hands in Jan. with students after outlining his plan that would include low-income students in the A-plus Community College scholarship program. Nixon signed legislation today regarding education funding in Mo.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing the use of $189 million in federal education money to fill shortfalls in state funding.

Nixon signed the measure Monday at a high school in Linn, about a half-hour east of Jefferson City.

The federal money won't yield a net increase in the funding of local school districts. But it will help avoid a reduction in basic state aid to schools during this and future academic years.

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