education

from St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Documentary Brings Attention to Student Stress

A student studies (Race to Nowhere)

Students pushed to the limit.  Burned out teachers.  Worried parents.  These are the characters in Race to Nowhere, a documentary screening at community events around the country, including three screenings in St. Louis over the next few weeks.  Filmmaker Vikci Abeles has called the film “a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. ”

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Snow days
4:39 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Snow days pile up for local schools

comedy nose | Flickr

It's been an above-average winter for snowfall in St. Louis, and that's wreaking havoc with the schedules for area school districts.

By state law, Missouri students have to be in class for at least 174 days and 1,044 hours. Most districts build a few extra classroom days into the schedule in order to be able to call school in case of bad weather.

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MO Statehouse
5:43 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Mo. House members propose education reforms

(l-r) State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D, St. Louis), Mo. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R), State Rep. Scott Dieckhaus (R, Washington, Mo.)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Republican and Democratic House members gathered today to unveil several proposals they say will improve K-12 education in Missouri.

The idea getting the most attention is school choice - allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to better-performing schools statewide.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Nixon talks education with reporters

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, spent some time today discussing education issues with reporters. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon spent a few minutes with reporters in Jefferson  City today, answering questions about education and other topics.

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Monday headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Ste. Genevieve soldier killed, Chuck Berry collapses, Mo. Mental Health Dept.'s excessive overtime, Mo. schools preparing for cuts

Chuck Berry performs at a free concert at Kiener Plaza in July. The rock-and-roll legend is on the mend after collapsing on stage in Chicago on Saturday.
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
  • A funeral is scheduled for Thursday for a soldier from Ste. Genevieve who died in Afghanistan. 25 year-old Sgt. Michael J. Beckerman was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The army says he died Dec. 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wound suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvsed explosive device. Beckerman arrived at Fort Campbell in January 2010. He joined the Army in September 2004.
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Education
5:25 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Committee recommends merging Missouri's education departments

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010. (Bill Greenblatt, UPI)

A special Missouri Senate committee is recommending that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education be merged with the Department of Higher Education.

The proposal was one of several announced today that Senate leaders say will improve education in Missouri. Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg says combining the two will have benefits beyond cost savings.

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Kirkwood kids find it's hard to talk about the tra
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Kirkwood kids find it's hard to talk about the tragedy

In the weeks since the Feb. 7 assault
on the Kirkwood City Hall, a sizeable group of citizens has gathered
regularly to discuss issues of race and to search for understanding
and healing.  In contrast to the larger community, no groups have
formed at Kirkwood High School to specifically address these issues,
although the Black Achievement and Cultural Club, the Social Justice
Committee and students enrolled in the alternative education program,
Atlas, have discussed them.

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Kirkwood kids find it's hard to talk about the tra
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Kirkwood kids find it's hard to talk about the tragedy

In the weeks since the Feb. 7 assault
on the Kirkwood City Hall, a sizeable group of citizens has gathered
regularly to discuss issues of race and to search for understanding
and healing.  In contrast to the larger community, no groups have
formed at Kirkwood High School to specifically address these issues,
although the Black Achievement and Cultural Club, the Social Justice
Committee and students enrolled in the alternative education program,
Atlas, have discussed them.

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Charter schools
11:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2008

Charter schools

Following weeks of
English and math drills, tens of thousands of public school students
are sweating through another season of Missouri Assessment Program
testing. The scores are supposed to help the public figure out, among
other things, whether charter schools are as good an investment as
traditional public schools.

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