K-12 Education

High school students prepare for Poetry Out Loud

The event will feature winning students from nine high schools. The event is free and open to the public.

Missouri panel approves proposal to help charter schools

The proposal highlights tensions between traditional public schools and charter schools, which are championed by some lawmakers as a way to address shortfalls in Missouri's student transfer law.

FROM READERS: Tolton student shares significance of Catholic Schools Week

Senior Hannah Claas shares her experience as a student at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School.

Missouri bill aimed at youth suicide prevention, awareness

Legislation introduced by state Sen. Jill Schupp this week would also require the education department to create a model policy that could be implemented statewide.

Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students

"This will be a resource center for STEM for the region," said Laura Loyacono, director of the KC STEM Alliance.


Lego tournament teams learn problem-solving skills through competition

Kids ages 9-14 showcased their robot-building and programming skills in the inaugural Mizzou FIRST Lego League Tournament Saturday afternoon at Lafferre Hall.


Hickman choir director faces felony charges in stalking incidents

Matthew Felts, Hickman High School choir director, was charged with three counts of first-degree stalking in connection to stalking incidents that took place in December.

Diocese announces plans for new Catholic preschool in Columbia

Plans include moving some students from Our Lady of Lourdes to a new site and creating a steering committee to consider all education options, including additional schools.

One non-incumbent on April ballot for Columbia School Board seat

Candidate Derek Wade wants to help the district adjust well to growth in schools if he is elected.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-graders try out instruments at Lange Middle

Fifth-graders from Columbia Public Schools tried finding the right instrument on Monday at Lange Middle School.

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.