Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Teacher Tenure
7:19 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Joint Mo. House/Senate Committee Examines Teacher Tenure

The Joint Committee on Education meets Sept. 10, 2013, to discuss teacher tenure.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A joint Missouri House/Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether the state's teacher tenure system is working.

Among those testifying was Mark Van Zandt, General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  He says tenured teachers can be held accountable under the current system.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Discussion: What Do New Scores Mean For The Future Of St. Louis Area Schools?

Townsend Elementary School students in class.
/ KWMU Staff

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Annual Performance Report for Missouri school districts last week. It is the first year in which schools were assessed under new standards. The results disappointed many local leaders and leave plenty of room for improvement for a number of St. Louis area schools, including St. Louis Public Schools.

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School Transfers
10:52 am
Wed August 14, 2013

FAQ: What You Need To Know About Missouri School Transfers

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Welcome to our guide to the Missouri school transfers situation. This document will be updated as the news changes and we gather more information.

Have more questions? Tweet us at @stlpublicradio or leave it in the comments below.

Last updated 1/07/14

What is this law?

Will the law be changed?

Which districts are involved in the St. Louis region?

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St. Louis on the Air
6:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Examination Of School Transfer Issues

Francis Howell and Normandy parent meeting
Chris McDaniel

The Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling on Breitenfeld v. School District of Clayton on June 11 reversed a lower court decision and found that state statute 167.131does not violate the Hancock Amendment. The statute provides that an unaccredited school district must pay tuition for students to attend school in another accredited district in the same or an adjoining county.

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Missouri K-12 Schools
6:35 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Mo. NEA President Chris Guinther Talks K-12 Funding & Common Core In Exit Interview

Mo. NEA Pres. Chris Guinther
Missouri NEA

Chris Guinther is wrapping up her final month as President of the Missouri chapter of the National Education Association. She’s led the teachers’ union since 2007, and will return to the classroom full-time at Francis Howell schools in St. Charles.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin sat down with Guinther recently, where she talked about the challenges she says are facing Missouri’s public schools:

Some good news that reflects positively on Missouri’s public schools

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Mo. ACT score
5:31 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Missouri's ACT score holds steady, national ranking inches up

A student taking the ACT exam.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Missouri’s average American College Test (ACT) score remains unchanged for the eighth year in a row, according to figures released today by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The average ACT score for Missouri high school students is 21.6, a half a point higher than the national average of 21.1.  Despite having the same average score as last year, Missouri’s ranking among the 50 states edged up slightly from 27th to 26th.  The highest possible score is 36 and the lowest is one.

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No Child Left Behind waiver
9:36 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Missouri gets approval to leave No Child Left Behind, behind

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The US Department of Education is waiving all No Child Left Behind requirements for Missouri schools.

The federal law requires students to meet proficiency standards in reading and math by 2014. Missouri applied  for a waiver after roughly 18 percent of districts in the state failed to meet yearly academic goals.

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