MO Statehouse
11:24 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Funding Boost For Mo. Schools, Small Raise For State Employees Likely

The Missouri State Capitol.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Will be updated with more information.

Missouri schools appear likely to get a 2 percent funding increase next year. And state employees could get a small raise.

Those decisions appear to be locked into the budget as a result of decisions Tuesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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5:33 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

McKinley High Students Oppose NRA Proposals For Guns In Schools

Miguel Plancarte, founding president of the Gay Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy stands at right with his fellow students. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network held a press conference today in opposition to the NRA's proposed measures to combat gun violence in schools.
Credit Erin Wiliams

The Gay-Straight Alliance of McKinley Classical Junior Academy held a press conference today in opposition of 

the NRA's proposal to train and arm at least one staff member in every school in the U.S. Released today, the report from the NRA's newly-formed National School Shield Taskforce recommends weapons training programs for school resource officers and personnel, and for states to adopt a new law that will allow additional personnel to bear arms.

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3:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Sequester Won't Stop Tuition Help For Military Students At Webster, Lindenwood Universities

(via Flickr/j.o.h.n. walker)

Members of the military enrolled at two St. Louis-area universities will continue to get a break on their tuition, despite the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

Four of the five branches of the military suspended future grants earlier this month to meet the sequester requirements - but Lindenwood and Webster universities say they'll use their own resources to replace the federal tuition assistance program. 

Here are a few fast facts about what's involved:

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St. Louis school district
9:57 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes Bill Allowing 'Incompetent' St. Louis Teachers To Be Fired

Credit (Tim Bommel/Mo. House of Representatives)

(updated version)

Teachers with tenure in St. Louis could be fired for incompetency under a bill that was passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate.

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4:51 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Students 'Cooking Up Change' For St. Louis Public Schools

Students scramble in the kitchen to finish their dishes for the competition. The task was to create a healthy lunch of one entree and two sides.
Erin Williams

Student chefs from Beaumont High School and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy competed today for a place in the national school cooking competition Cooking Up Change.

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Illinois Budget
5:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Quinn Proposes $400M Education Cut, Pension System Payouts In Budget Address

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

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.

In his annual budget address today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laid the blame on the General Assembly for forcing him to cut spending on schools and other key state priorities. Quinn says the cost of pensions is "squeezing" Illinois' finances, to the point that he's calling for a $400 million hit to education.

(Read the full text of the governor's prepared remarks

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5:11 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Soldan High School Students Receive $22,000 In New Band Instruments From Fidelity Investments

The students receive their new instruments from the Fidelity representatives. Over $22,000 in new instruments were donated to the Soldan International Studies High School band program
Erin Williams

Young musicians at Soldan International Studies High School thought they were just performing for school visitors from Fidelity Investments today, but were surprised instead with brand new clarinets, saxophones, and flutes.

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Education funding
2:28 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Nixon Pledges To Boost Funding For All Levels Of Education

Gov. Jay Nixon meets with Parkway School District preschool teacher Maggie Velicer. Nixon says his proposed budget will boost funding for early education.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

If today's press conference at Oak Brook Elementary in the Parkway School District is any indication, Gov. Jay Nixon hopes to make investment in education a focal point as he starts his second term.

Details - including exact dollar amounts - will have to wait for Monday's State of the State address. But the Democrat Nixon says the new money will span from early childhood to college. His initiatives include:

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12:50 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Robot Competition Powers Up In St. Louis

Peter Prombo Cates (left) and Chirag Doshi, students at Gateway Institute of Technology in St. Louis, carry their team’s robot off the playing field during the FIRST Robotics Competition regional round in St. Louis in 2011.
(Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio)

Ready...Set... Go build a robot that can go play a game that looks a little like disc golf meets American Gladiators! 

Oh, we're going to need a website with that, too, and you have around two months to get everything ready to go. 

Sound daunting?

That’s the challenge that was set before nearly 40 teams of high school students from across the region that assembled at the St. Louis Science Center on Saturday for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. 

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9:46 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Report: Number Of Postsecondary Degrees On The Rise, More Work To Do

Credit (via Flickr/comedy_nose)

Overall things are going in the right direction, but there’s a lot of work left to do. 

That’s the big takeaway from a new report issued by St. Louis Graduates, a coalition of local stakeholders with the goal of increasing access to education opportunities after high school.

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