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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Mega Millions/Education
12:31 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Nixon: Mega Millions sales spike prompts $6.7M boost to education funding

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Updated 1:08 p.m. with additional information on scholarship funding restoration.

Though no one in Missouri was lucky enough to cash in on the Mega Millions jackpot, Missouri educators and students may benefit from the spike in sales of lottery tickets while the jackpot achieved its record-setting amount.

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11:33 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Mo. House passes school transportation measure

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Missouri House members have approved legislation designed to help students go to the school closest to them - even if it is located in a different district.

Students could attend school in a different district if they live at least 10 miles from their school and a building in another district is at least 5 miles closer. Parents would need to request the transfer, and it could be rejected if classrooms already are full.

House members approved the measure 85-72 on Thursday, which is just barely enough votes to pass the bill to the Senate.

April 3 Elections
8:10 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Bond issues for schools, court buildings in front of voters

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Voters in St. Louis County approved the extension of a property tax levy to fund $100 million in construction and repairs at its court complex in downtown Clayton.

That was just one of the measures up for consideration in countywide and municipal elections in the St. Louis Public Radio listening area.

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Mega Millions / Illinois
4:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Ill. schools get over $30M from record lottery sales

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Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.

WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.

Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multistate Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.

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MAP Grants / Education
9:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Illinois runs out of MAP grant cash

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The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has some bad news for college students looking for help paying tuition bills.

The agency has run out of cash for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants.

The Chicago Tribune reports that those grants are the primary source of need-based financial aid, and the scholarship money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year, Illinois is on track to receive a record number of applications for the program.

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School transfers
3:02 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

State high court sends second school transfer case back for review

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The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the Webster Groves School District in suburban St. Louis County does not have to admit a student from the unaccredited St. Louis Public Schools.

Tuesday's ruling also sent the case - King-Willmann v. Webster Groves School District - back to the trial court, saying "contested issues of fact" had not been resolved.

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11:42 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Hearing over St. Louis school transfer case gets started

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A St. Louis County judge begins hearing arguments in a case that has the potential to allow thousands of Kansas City and St. Louis students to leave their unaccredited school systems.

(See our own Maria Altman's feature on the issue here).

The hearing, which began Monday, involves a state law that requires unaccredited districts to pay tuition and transportation for students within their boundaries to attend accredited schools.

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12:09 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Mo. House endorses quicker intervention in failing school districts

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State education officials could step in quicker to assist failing Missouri school districts under legislation backed in the House.

Districts that lose state accreditation currently are given two years to improve before the state officials can intervene. The new legislation removes the waiting period.

When the state Board of Education revokes a district's accreditation, it then would decide whether to set conditions for the local school board to remain in place or determine when an alternative governing system for those schools would take effect.

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