education

Student Transfers
4:58 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Transfer Bill Revives Ill Will Between Nixon, Some Black Politicians

Maria Chappelle-Nadal
Credit Missouri Senate

A long-simmering feud between Gov. Jay Nixon and some black politicians, going back to his days as Missouri’s attorney general, flared up again in Jefferson City this week, fanned by the debate over school transfer legislation.

But not all African-American officials are taking sides against the governor. Some, especially in the state House, are urging Nixon to veto the student transfer bill, because they consider its changes in the transfer law harmful to black students.

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Immigration Policy
10:02 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

STEM Degrees In Hand, International Students Face Uncertain Future

Yinzi Liu studies zebrafish embryos in a Washington University lab.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Yinzi Liu sat in the café at Washington University’s Medical School and nervously fiddled with the sleeve on her coffee cup.   

The 28-year old will graduate tomorrow with a doctorate in developmental, regenerative and stem cell biology.  While earning her degree she spent countless hours glued to a microscope, peering into zebrafish embryos for clues that could one day lead to the early detection of human birth defects.

By most accounts she should be brimming with excitement. Instead she’s loaded with anxiety.

“The clock is ticking,” Liu said.     

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Education
7:30 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Normandy Transition Panel Hones Ideas, Lawmakers Grapple With Transfer Issue

Carole Basile
Credit UMSL website

A task force charged with making recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District finished meeting Monday and plans to send its report to state education officials later this week.

Carole Basile, dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said she plans to take the discussions from the task force over the past several weeks and draw up a list of recommendations that she will submit to Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

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Stop The Violence
3:48 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Students Rally For Peace In St. Louis

Around 400 students, community leaders and public officials rallied for peace and marched down Riverview Boulevard near the Northwest Academy of Law High School.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

It felt a little like a pep rally outside of Northwest Academy of Law High School in north St. Louis as about 400 students, community leaders and members of law enforcement representatives marched down Riverview Boulevard during an event geared toward reducing violence.

Banners waved and a cheerleading crew shouted things like: “We are respectable!”

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Breaking Down Stereotypes
4:40 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

After A Semester Of Talking Online, Normandy And Parkway Students Finally Meet

Ed Wright (center), a consultant with EducationPlus, organized and moderated online discussions between students at Normandy and Parkway North High Schools.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Even though they’ve been talking all semester, high school junior Meagan Nalepa and senior Shakiyla Hughes have finally sat at the same lunch table.

Nalepa goes to Parkway North High School, Hughes attends Normandy High School, and both have been participating in a series of video conferences on education policy between students from the two schools. For the first time, they met face to face at Normandy High School on Tuesday.

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Teacher tenure petition
5:07 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Teachers Unions Gear Up To Oppose Proposals On Hiring, Firing

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An initiative petition to change the rules under which Missouri educators can be hired and fired hasn’t been certified for the ballot yet, but teachers unions already have their battle lines drawn.

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Education
8:40 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Commentary: Normandy Superintendent Urges Legislature To Act

Superintendent Tyrone McNichols
Credit Normandy School District

As superintendent of the Normandy School District, I urge our legislators and governor to reform the school transfer law before the end of this year’s session. Getting this done now is critical for our district and for metropolitan districts throughout the state.

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Chronic Absenteeism
9:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Accounted For: In Rural Missouri, Absenteeism Also A Problem

Linda Carter teaches Algebra II in South Pemiscot County High School in Steele, Mo.
Jacob McCleland

 

Principal Glenn Carter cracks open the door to an Algebra II class at South Pemiscot High School in rural Steele, Mo., where teacher Linda Crawford shuffles four reluctant students into different configurations. Students chuckle as Crawford gleefully moves her volunteers from place to place. One student, 11th grader Alli Jones, laughs and jots down a few careful notes with the rest of the class.

Last year, Jones probably wouldn’t have been here. She skipped school almost every week.

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Education
10:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Board Approves St. Louis Schools Improvement Plan

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The Special Administrative Board (SAB) overseeing St. Louis Public Schools has approved a school improvement plan intended to serve as a blueprint for earning back full accreditation for the district.  

The plan developed by Superintendent Kelvin Adams divides schools into four tiers based on academic performance and lays out the five overarching goals listed below. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:16 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Two Veto Overrides Possible In The Final Weeks Of The Missouri Legislative Session

Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With a little more than two weeks left in the current Missouri legislative session, the focus of the state legislature will be on two possible veto overrides, said St. Louis Public Radio political reporter Jo Mannies.

She and education reporter Dale Singer appeared on St. Louis on the Air today to give an update on key bills moving through the state legislature right now.

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