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K-12 Education

Judge to hear whether state is doing its part for lower education funding

A Cole County judge will hold a Sept. 20 hearing to learn more about whether the state is putting 25 percent of its annual budget toward public schools as is required by Missouri’s constitution.

Roots 'n 'Blues 'n BBQ reaches elementary students

Boone County National Banke is bringing T.J. Wheeler to Grant Elementary to teach students about the blues. A core group of students from the school will perform at the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival.

Judge rules: no constitutional guarantee of absolute equality in funding of school districts

A judge ruled Wednesday in favor of Missouri’s funding distribution method and against school districts' claims that funds are distributed in an unacceptable manner, but Phyllis Chase, Columbia Public Schools superintendent, was quick to say that follow-up decisions could still change the outcome.

DeSpain will not run for state office

Columbia School Board President Karla DeSpain will not run for the 23rd District state representative seat because of family commitments and her dedication to the board.

Sister follows in brother's path as drum major

Nate and Ella Edwards, two talented siblings, have each won drum major positions at their respective schools for the 2007-08 school year.

School district decreases Prop. C rollback

A decrease in the rollback means a resident with property valued at $100,000 will pay $7.12 more in property taxes this year.

Drive collects 50 backpacks for students

City zoning commission gives OK to new school

Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission gave first-round approval Thursday to build a new elementary school in northeastern Columbia at a 20-acre site near Brown Station and Waco roads.

District’s after school program closes because of heat

The closing of the school district’s Adventure Club due to heat leaves hundreds of kids without after-school care.

District's after-school program <br>also closing early

The closing of the school district's Adventure Club because of the heat leave hundreds of children without after-school care.

March of Fathers

The Million Father March, an effort to get dads to bring their children to the first day of school, is organized nationally by The Black Star Project.

Columbia Public Schools students go back to class

The 17,083 students who attend Columbia Public Schools were expected to be back in class Tuesday, according to Assistant Superintendent Lynn Barnett.

District to announce at 5 whether schools will close Wednesday

A decision will be made at 5 p.m. today on whether public schools will be canceled or dismissed early on Wednesday due to heat, Superintendent Phyllis Chase said at a start-of-school news conference this morning.

Columbia schools begin push toward new school year

Sometimes the teachers get just as excited as their young students about the start of a new school year.

School officials plan for heat cancellation

Parents wondering whether Columbia Public Schools will be closed or dismissed early because it’s too hot and humid can find out by about 10 p.m. the previous evening at ColumbiaMissourian.com and through other local media.

Former City Manager Ray Beck named project director for new Catholic high school

Former city manager Ray Beck was appointed project director of the Diocese of Jefferson City’s efforts to establish a regional Catholic high school in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools to hold news conference

Columbia Public Schools will have a news conference at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Aug. 21 to begin the 2007-08 school year.

Back to School Night attempts to get kids excited for school

Students were eager to be back at school Thursday for West Boulevard Elementary’s Back to School Night.

City to kick off school year with garage band celebration

MAP test results to be released today

Missouri Assessment Program test results to be made public today will show where Columbia Public Schools fell short on meeting federally mandated targets.

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