May 13, 2014
In 2013, Columbia Public Schools received about 67 percent of its funding from local revenue sources, a slight increase from about 62 percent in 2004. Since that year, the percentages of revenues from federal and state sources have decreased by about 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
Elementary, middle and high schools had relatively consistent ratios of students per classroom teacher in 2013. The average student-teacher ratio for elementary schools was 19 students per classroom teacher. For middle schools and high schools, the average ratios were 18 and 17.5, respectively, though Douglass and Battle high schools had much lower ratios than Hickman and Rock Bridge.
The average composite ACT score for members of the class of 2013 at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools was higher than the Missouri state average of 21.6. Douglass High School is an alternative public high school in Columbia with a score lower than the state average. Muriel Battle High School, which will graduate its first class in 2015, does not yet have information available
The percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program in Columbia Public Schools in 2013 increased by nearly 9 percent in 10 years. From 2004 to 2013, the enrollment percentage for Columbia Public Schools has been about 10 percentage points lower than the state average.
Each year, students in grades three to eight in Missouri take a test called the Missouri Assessment Program. In 2013, the percentage of Columbia Public Schools students passing the English language arts and mathematics tests varied for different racial and ethnic groups.
May 6, 2014
Plans for improvements at Woodridge Park include an ADA accessible playground, a small picnic shelter, a walking trail, and a circular stone bench called a council ring.
Missouri track and field’s Jill Rushin and Kearsten Peoples are the top two qualifying shot putters in Division I. There were 10 shot putters from the Southeastern Conference that qualified for nationals. Katie Evans of Missouri also qualified. The graph shows the farthest distance for each competitor in 2014 qualifying meets.
May 2, 2014
Missouri shortstop Josh Lester fields a ball against Vanderbilt on Friday at Taylor Stadium. Missouri lost the game 8-3.
April 28, 2014
U.S. public high schools have a graduation rate of 4 out of 5 students, according to the U.S. Education Department’s most recent statistics from 2012. Graduation rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduates in a given year by the number of students who enrolled four years earlier. Adjustments are made for transfer students. Missouri is among the top 10 states with the highest graduation rates.
April 24, 2014
Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria. Anthrax is not contagious, but it can quickly infect humans by varied means. Delaying treatment by only a few days can increase the chance of death. Bond Life Sciences Center has helped test a new and different way to detect anthrax. This new method only needs about five hours to get results. The traditional way usually takes one to two days.
Researchers at the Viator Lab at MU’s School of Biological Engineering are working to detect cancer cells using lasers. John Viator now works at Duquesne University, where the lab will move in May. This is the step-by-step process involved in the procedure.
Right-to-work laws prohibit paying union dues or agency fees as a condition of employment. If the Missouri legislature passes proposed legislation, it could go to voters as early as August. In 1978, 61 percent of Missourians voted against a similar amendment.
As the cells pass by the laser, the sensor records the laser’s signal strength. If the sensor records a weak signal, the cell is healthy. If the sensor records a stronger signal, it means there are melanoma cells present.
Right-to-work laws prohibit unions from requiring that workers join the organizations as a condition of employment. The Missouri House has approved language for a bill that would make Missouri the 25th right-to-work state, though the bill has yet to be brought to a final vote. Twenty-four states have adopted right-to-work laws, mostly between 1947 and 1960.
April 23, 2014
Kraft Foods’ recent recall of nearly 96,000 pounds of hot dogs is the largest in Missouri since 2010. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the recall after they found the packages labeled “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” might actually contain “Classic Cheese Dogs.” Missouri has five active recalls of meat and poultry products, four of which were issued in 2014. Missouri had no food recalls from this category in 2011 and 2012.
The Columbia Housing Authority, Truman Veterans Hospital and Welcome Home Inc. partnered to build a campus for veterans in Columbia. The campus, located at 2112 Business Loop 70 E., will provide 29 temporary shelter beds and other supportive services to veterans in need.
April 20, 2014
More changes might be in store for downtown Columbia. Members of the Columbia City Council are debating an interim amendment that would prohibit any homes or apartments on the first floors of buildings on parts of Ninth Street and Broadway.
April 18, 2014
Sturgeon is 25 miles north of Columbia in Boone County. The town’s churches have seen a decline in attendance because of the area’s shrinking and aging population. Mike Will, 53, commutes between Riggs and Sturgeon to serve two small churches where the majority of attendees are more than 70 years old.
April 17, 2014
The Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary and the Scott’s Branch Trail will be dedicated from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Food and beverages will be offered, as well as children's activities and a trail walk with the Audubon Society. The University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project will also be featured at the event.
April 16, 2014
The construction of a new 11-mile natural gas pipeline, running from Columbia to the Ashland area, began April 1. Ameren Missouri estimates the project will cost $11 million.