Student Safety
4:02 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Schools Cope With Ferguson Unrest

As students prepare to return to school, districts in north county are trying to ensure that that return is safe.
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Updated 8:44 p.m. with statement from Normandy schools:

As the school year begins around the area, some districts in north St. Louis County are particularly wary following unrest in Ferguson over the weekend.

In Jennings, where students walk to school, the opening of classes Monday was postponed to Tuesday, to ensure student safety.

In a letter to families and staff released early Monday morning, signed by Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, the district said:

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12:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Does Social Work School Have Business Classes?

Amanda Moore McBride, associate dean for the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Paul Sorenson was working his way toward a master’s degree from Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work when he kept bumping into the same questions over and over again.  

As an intern for the nonprofit health-care provider Grace Hill, Sorenson was supposed to connect poor families with resources that could help get them caught up on rent and utility bills. But what if one of these agencies  had its funding reduced, moved its offices or was no longer open?  

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Transfer Lawsuit
12:23 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Answers To Normandy School Questions: Fate Of Transfers Hinges On A Few Words

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As a St. Louis County circuit judge weighs whether four families who live in Normandy have the right to send their children to nearby accredited districts in the upcoming school year, Missouri education officials are trying to clarify action they took recently that is central to the case.

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Spanish Lake Bookmoblie
3:45 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

A Sweet Answer For A Library Desert In Spanish Lake

Lavonda Logwood and 2 year old Lei’onna Hawthorne look for books about animals from the Sweet Reads truck.
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A white van travels though the Spanish Cove apartment complex in North St. Louis County. On top of the vehicle a loud speaker blasts classic ice cream truck tunes. The van pulls over on the side of the road. The driver flings open the doors to reveal a wide selection of … books.

The St. Louis County Library’s Sweet Reads program provides a traveling collection books to Spanish Lake residents during the summer. This is the program’s second year.

Starting this fall, however, the program will run year long.

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Student Transfers
5:37 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Normandy Families Blocked From Student Transfers Argue Their Case In Court

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The end of summer is coming for most area students, if it hasn’t already arrived, but the uncertainty over transfers out of Normandy remains.

The attorney for parents suing to allow their students to transfer out of Normandy accused state education officials Wednesday of using “linguistical magic” to change the rules by saying that the new Normandy district is accredited and Missouri’s transfer statute does not apply.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

First WGU Missouri Commencement Is Saturday

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Online education seems to be the wave of the future. Today's college students should have no problem finding courses online — whether at a local college or university, or through an accredited online college.

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Missouri School Improvement Plan
4:15 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Jennings Schools Celebrate Leap Toward Full Accreditation

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Updated at 4:15 p.m. with information about discussion of Kansas City schools:

Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson wasn’t 100 percent sure that her schools had made enough progress to reach full accreditation, but she had a pretty good hunch.

So she went out anyway and had a banner made celebrating what she hoped would be the long-sought results. Then she got the word Monday night from state education officials: Jennings’ preliminary 2014 scores were high enough to be in the full accreditation category.

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Teacher Evaluation
11:18 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Constitutional Amendment On Teacher Evaluation Approved For November Ballot

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(Updated 10:55 a.m., Tues., Aug. 5, with certification for the ballot)

As Missourians prepared to vote on a variety of issues at the August primary Tuesday, the secretary of state's office announced that a constitutional amendment changing how teachers are evaluated will be on the November ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Kander said petitions submitted in May by the organization known as Teach Great have been certified and the issue will appear on the Nov. 4 general election ballot as Amendment 3.

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Normandy Kickoff
4:31 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Normandy Schools Collaborative Holds Pep Rally, Orientation Promising A Brand-New Start

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The new Normandy Schools Collaborative kicked off the new school year Monday by spelling out for teachers and other staff members how its new approach will help it regain accreditation from the state.

Part pep rally to generate excitement, part orientation session to set expectations, the three-hour session at Viking Hall on the Normandy High School campus was designed to show how things will be different now that the state has taken over the district with an appointed board and close oversight.

How was the session received?

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Violence Against Women
9:57 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Bipartisan Support Builds For Fighting Sexual Assault On College Campuses

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., addresses reporters on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
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A bipartisan group of senators -- including Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. -- and several victims of sexual violence presented at a press conference on Wednesday their arguments for legislation they say is long overdue and necessary to push colleges and universities into doing more to protect students and rid their campuses of sexual predators.

“This bill represents a rare thing in Washington — a truly collaborative, bipartisan effort—and that bodes well for our shared fight to turn the tide against sexual violence on our campuses,” McCaskill said.

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