Missouri State Board of Education

Education
11:27 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Missouri Board of Education OKs No Child Left Behind waiver

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Updated 1:28 p.m. to reflect that eleven states have already been granted waivers.

The Missouri Board of Education has approved the state's request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Members voted Tuesday to support the waiver's submission to the U.S. Department of Education with minor edits. Last fall, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.

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MOHELA / Higher Education
10:22 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Mo. college loan agency MOHELA to process federal loans

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Missouri's college loan agency plans to start collecting payments in October from students who got loans from the federal government.

The Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority says it is the first state-based nonprofit organization to be approved to handle federal loan payments since a 2010 law required the U.S. Department of Education to originate all federally backed student loans. That law essentially eliminated a role for banks and private lenders.

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MO Statehouse
6:40 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Kansas City schools lose accreditation

The State Board of Education meeting in Jefferson City
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri’s State Board of Education voted unanimously today to strip Kansas City schools of their accreditation.

The reasons for the action include a decline in meeting academic standards and a failure to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.  Chris Nicastro is Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Education / Normandy
3:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

State Board: Normandy School District accreditation to keep provisional status, for now

The gates of Normandy High School, one of the institutions in the Normandy School District.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

The State Board of Education has voted unanimously to keep the Normandy School District in St. Louis County provisionally accredited.

Normandy may retain that status for up to a year -- however, the State Board could also choose to revoke the provisional accreditation entirely at any time during the next year.  State Board Member Peter Herschend says Normandy schools are improving, but not enough to warrant full accreditation.

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Education
4:18 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Mo. board rejects school transportation hardship

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The state Board of Education has denied a school district transfer for a southwest Missouri family in a case that some officials claimed could have encouraged parents statewide to try to switch districts.

State Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro had said a kindergarten pupil should be shifted from the Blue Eye to the Shell Knob district because of a transportation hardship. Nicastro said Table Rock Lake posed a natural barrier resulting in a long bus ride that was a hardship.

Board of Education
11:06 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Dooley advisor Jones nominated to Mo. Board of Education

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. on Dec. 3, 2010. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Mike Jones, Senior policy advisor to St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley, has been nominated to the Missouri state Board of Education.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced his nomination via press release today.

 

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