K-12 Education

Teacher training programs face criticism and questions

As the state's department of education prepares to change teacher certification requirements, education administrators pose questions regarding proposed changes.

Columbia School Board considers tax levy increase

With student populations increasing and state funds lacking, the Columbia School Board discussed asking for a tax levy increase.

Columbia Public Schools' Enrollment Study Committee postpones boundary line decision

Committee members raised several points of contention that got in the way of agreement over school attendance zones that will affect several elementary schools.

Three candidates to vie for two spots on Columbia School Board

Derek Wade and incumbents Christine King and Darin Preis filed for the election scheduled for April 7.

Student testing: Deciding when enough is enough

On Wednesday, the Senate's education committee is set to take up the issue of whether federally mandated annual testing should remain a requirement under the No Child Left Behind law. Lawmakers are considering the reauthorization of the bipartisan education measure that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2002.

Fine arts showcased for Columbia fifth-graders at district extravaganza

More than 1,200 Columbia Public Schools fifth-graders joined hundreds of middle and high school art performers downtown Thursday for the district Fine Arts Extravaganza.

Students, teachers settle into routine after school times changed

It's been a year since Columbia Public Schools changed school start times. Parents, teachers and students have created and settled into a new routine — even if it does mean early mornings for some groups such as the Rock Bridge Bruin Girls dance team.

New elementary school named in honor of Beulah Ralph

Beulah Ralph was known in the Columbia Public School district for her dedication to children and continuous hard work. The Columbia School Board decided Monday night to name the new elementary school in southwest Columbia after her.

Columbia Public Schools receives feedback on late starts

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said the district received both positive and negative feedback regarding late start days, but late starts were preferred to full-day cancellations.

As home-school numbers rise, regulation falls

In Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education makes clear on its website that it does not regulate or monitor home schooling.


Columbia School Board to name new elementary school

Columbia Public School's 21st elementary school will either be named after Luella St. Clair or Beulah Ralph, two influential women in the district's history.

Columbia Public School District plans to upgrade lactation rooms

The Health Department is funding the upgrades from its Healthy Eating Active Living Grant. Each updated room will include a comfortable chair, table, refrigerator and breast-feeding pump.

Low-income families encouraged to apply for refurbished computers

More than 400 families have received computers though this program in the past 11 years. Applications are due Feb. 13.

Arts website allows teachers, families to chart students' progress

Lee Elementary and Columbia Independent School are two schools in Columbia using Artsonia, an arts website that enables the schools to catalog all students' artwork. Columbia Public Schools is looking to bring a similar tool districtwide.

Columbia Public Schools start late again because of cold weather

Columbia Public Schools will use the two-hour delay option again Thursday for severe weather.

Boundary lines could make friendships long distance

A pair of parents worry that their sons, who are friends, would be separated when Columbia Public Schools shifts its attendance boundary lines to accommodate a new elementary school.

Parents react positively to elementary schools' new boundary lines proposal

The proposed boundary lines would determine the attendance area of an elementary school being built in southwest Columbia and would adjust boundary areas for the six surrounding schools.

Columbia schools start later due to cold

This is the first time Columbia Public Schools is implementing a two-hour delay to the start of school as an safety option during inclement weather conditions. Dismissal times will not change.

New Youth Advisory Council meant to help Columbia teens be heard

The Youth Advisory Council, for ages 14 to 19, will advise the City Council and weigh in on other youth-related issues in the community.

Proposed boundary changes would affect six Columbia public schools

Residents can voice their opinions on the proposed changes at forums from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gentry Middle School and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smithton Middle School.