education

Educational Achievement
10:08 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

St. Louis Schools Extend Intensive Tutoring Program To Boost Achievement

Credit St. Louis Public Schools

The Special Administrative Board (SAB) for St. Louis Public Schools has approved funneling $5 million in federal money into an intense tutoring program.

The district hired three outside vendors to give the program a try with 2,174 students at 23 schools this past school year. Based on benchmark exams, students who participated in the program on average made greater academic strides when compared to those who did not get the extra help.

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Arming Teachers
2:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Bill To Allow Armed Missouri Teachers Draws Praise, Potshots

The governor has yet to act on a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed.
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A bill sitting on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk that would authorize Missouri school personnel to carry guns has at least one teachers group up in arms.

The sponsor of the provision says it’s designed to help protect schools in areas where police response to a shooting may take too long to be effective.

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The Blooming Artists Project
10:06 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Art Show Will Feature Work of Lindbergh Students And Their Mentors

Lindbergh High student Madi McClain and artist Rob Dreyer pose with one another's paintings for The Blooming Artists Project.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

A unique art show that opens Friday at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery shows what can happen when young art students get a chance to work with St. Louis art professionals.

“The Blooming Artists Project” will display student artwork side by side with the work of their mentors — local jewelers, sculptors, painters, fiber artists and photographers.

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Student Transfers
12:21 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Nixon To Veto Student Transfer Bill, Cites Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the student transfer bill on Friday.
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After telegraphing his intention for a week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday announced that he is indeed going to veto the student-transfer bill because of its provisions allowing public money to be used for private schools.

He also faults the bill because it does not require unaccredited sending districts to pay any transportation costs for students transferring to accredited districts, as the schools now are required to do.

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Normandy Lawsuit
4:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

State Won’t OK Expenses For Normandy Lawsuit

The Normandy School District is scheduled to go out of business on July 1, to be replaced by a new entity.
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Missouri education officials, who control the finances of the Normandy school district, say they won’t pay the costs of a lawsuit that asks the courts to take another look at the student transfer case.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, wants a reconsideration of two issues the Missouri Supreme Court rejected in its unanimous decision last year that set in motion the student transfers: unfunded mandates and the impossibility to comply with the transfer law.

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Inter-District Transfers
5:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

For One Family, A Year Of Early Mornings And Long Drives Draws To A Close

From left, Andre', Anandra, BrenNae and SheRon Chaney stand on the porch of their family home in Pasadena Park in north St. Louis County.
Credit / Tim Lloyd, St. Louis Public Radio

 It’s just after 7 a.m., and SheRon Chaney already has her family packed into an SUV and ready for school.

“On a good day like today, I’m hoping it only takes about 35 minutes,” she said.

Leave just a touch later and they could be stuck in traffic for more than an hour. It’s a quirk of St. Louis' commuter culture that Chaney picked up when she decided to transfer her seventh-grade daughter, BrenNae, out of the Normandy School District in favor of Maplewood Richmond Heights.

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Normandy Lawsuit
5:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Normandy Files Suit Challenging State Transfer Law

The Normandy school district has filed suit against the state in a challenge to the transfer law.
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One day after the Missouri Board of Education voted to replace the Normandy school district with a new, state-controlled entity, Normandy filed suit challenging the law that lets students transfer from unaccredited districts.

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Normandy Recommendations
1:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Missouri Board Of Education Approves Replacing Normandy School District With New Organization

The Normandy School District will cease to exist on July 1 and will be replaced by a new identity. Questions remain on what this will mean for transfer students, teacher and administrators, and board members.
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(Updated at 4:54 p.m., Tues., May 20)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to replace the Normandy School District with a new entity with the same boundaries but run by an appointed board, effective July 1.

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School Legislation
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Two Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Missouri Students – If They Become Law

The student transfer bill that just passed the legislature would not require unaccredited districts to pay for transportation for students who wish to transfer.
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Updated at 9:35 a.m. Monday with clarification on tuition rates, link to final bill text.

Two bills passed by Missouri lawmakers this week would have a significant impact on how and what students in the state are taught – if the legislation escapes a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon.

And that doesn’t include the financial impact the governor says will occur because of the tax-cut bill that the House and Senate passed into law over his veto earlier this month.

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American Graduate
10:20 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Special Project: As Dramatic School Year Ends, New Choices For Students May Be Coming

St. Louis Public Radio and the Nine Network of Public Media have collaborated on a weeklong series of reports on education.
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A tumultuous school year in Missouri is about to end, and a new era in school choice could be about to begin.

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