education

7th Grade Poetry Foundation
10:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Poetic Warriors: STL Seventh Graders Changing The World With Words

Kalise Harris
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

A South City Prep student who wrote about her best friend’s death set a high bar in the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation contest, created by St. Louis attorney Aaron Williams. But this year’s school winner seems ready to carry the mantle.

On Wednesday, 83 seventh-graders will perform an exercise in courage: reading their original poems at the Missouri History Museum in front of an audience. It’s the final event of the 7th Grade Poetry Foundation, called “Poetry on Their Own Terms.”

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St. Louis Public Schools
4:20 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Recommendation: Appointed Board Should Keep Running St. Louis Schools

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Will be updated following state Board of Education meeting on Tues., April 15.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is recommending that the Missouri state Board of Education extend the authority of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the St. Louis Public Schools. The SAB's authority expires in June.

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Missouri Budget
8:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

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Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Education
11:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Accounted For: Can School Clinics Improve Attendance?

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This story is part four of Accounted For, an ongoing project of St. Louis Public Radio that explores the connection between chronic absenteeism — defined as missing three and a half weeks or more of school — and classroom success. As educators in Missouri  shift their focus from big picture attendance data to individual students, they are looking at how school clinics can help keep kids in school. 

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KIPP Expansion
9:47 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

KIPP Concentrates On New Schools, Not Turnarounds

Tiara Abu outside the former Mitchell School
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

The charter school operator is opening a new location for kindergarten and first grade in north St. Louis this fall and plans to have six schools in St. Louis five years from now.

On her cell phone, Tiara Abu has a short video showing her and 5-year-old Jawon, sitting on his bed, giving a cheer and doing their best version of jazz hands.

What was the occasion?

“He had just counted to 100 for me,” explained Abu, adding: I hadn’t asked him to.”

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Semester Online
1:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Online College Course Consortium Collapses

Washington University announced it was dropping out of Semester Online.
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After failing to make the grade with professors at Washington University, Semester Online is going offline for good.

The consortium was designed to let students at Washington U. and other schools in the group — universities such as Emory, Northwestern and Notre Dame — take online courses in areas that their home school does not offer. It began this school year, and the universities and Semester Online’s parent company, 2U, had high hopes that it could be a pioneer for online learning.

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School Board Election
10:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Not All School Board Races Are Ho-Hum This Year

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a school board that may not exist after the end of this school year. Pictured is a rally for Normandy earlier this school year.
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School board elections often prompt little more than a ripple of public interest, but they are stirring up quite a bit more in at least two north St. Louis County districts this spring.

In Normandy, three incumbents are facing four challengers for seats on a board that may not even exist after the end of this school year. In Ferguson-Florissant, two incumbents are facing a slate that was moved to join the field after Superintendent Art McCoy was placed on administrative leave, plus other candidates who entered the race as well. McCoy has since resigned his post.

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Education
12:33 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Superintendent of Catholic Education Talks Enrollment, Diversity, Student Vouchers

New Superintendent of Catholic Education, Kurt Nelson, speaks to St. Louis Public Radio from Wisconsin Public Radio’s studio in La Crosse, Wis.
Credit Maureen McCollum / Wisconsin Public Radio

Catholic education has deep roots in St. Louis, but some schools have struggled amid shrinking enrollment. 

The Archdiocese of St. Louis announced last month that it had selected Kurt Nelson as the new Superintendent of Catholic Education.  Since 2006, Nelson has served the president of Aquinas Catholic Schools in La Crosse, Wis.  He will take over as the head of Catholic schools in St. Louis on July, 1. He replaces George Henry, who held the job since 1995.

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Normandy future
10:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Normandy Not Bankrupt Now, But Its Future Remains Cloudy

Ron Lankford
Credit DESE website

The Normandy School District isn’t going broke at the beginning of April, as some education officials had forecast in recent months. But that doesn’t mean that the district’s future is secure.

At Monday night’s meeting of the state task force formed to recommend the future direction of the district, officials from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said that Normandy’s future depends in large part on what bills the General Assembly may pass before it adjourns in mid-May.

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Education
10:51 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Education Rundown: Creationism, Coding And Classrooms That Are Imploding

Scott Spurgeon, the superintendent of the unaccredited Riverview Gardens School District, is hoping to boost the district into the ranks of the accredited.
Credit (Kimberly Ney/Riverview Gardens School District)

Once a week, our team of education reporters would like to share stories that look at trends in education here and across the country. In particular, we want to focus on people, research and even gizmos that may help make kids learn better.

Improve or implode?

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