K-12 Education

Discipline, Common Core discussed at School Board candidate forum

The three candidates, who are up for two seats in the April 7 election, answered questions from members of the Columbia Pachyderm Club on Friday.

Edward Elsea recommended as Lee Expressive Arts principal

Elsea would replace Karen Burger, who announced her retirement earlier this school year.

FROM READERS: Getting 100 retweets earns teen doughnuts from the superintendent

A Rock Bridge High School student's Twitter exchange with Peter Stiepleman ended with a special delivery.

Missouri House panel OKs budget with more K-12 school money

Other changes made Tuesday include cutting more than $74,000 from the budget for Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's office.

Two southwest Missouri districts approve 4-day school week

The 153-day year will include longer days so students will have the same amount of instructional time.

Lee students unveil mural depicting Boone County history

Students spent six months drawing, molding and coloring the 64 tiles that comprise the mural, which depicts scientific and cultural events in Boone County's history.

Lee Elemetary students prepare for Silent Film/Silent Art Auction

The ninth annual Silent Film/Silent Art Auction will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Missouri Theatre. Lee Expressive Arts Elementary students created art that will sell at the auction, alongside art from teachers, parents, local artists and prominent Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao. 

Columbia Public Schools gives recomendation for 2 special services positions

Columbia Public Schools has recommended David Wilson and Tori Ballew to fill the positions of director and supervisor of special services respectively. Wilson has been with Columbia Public Schools for 14 years and Ballew has been in education for 13.

Missouri lawmaker wants to cut funds for Common Core testing

Cutting the money will ensure Missouri's partnership with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ends.

Columbia schools near top in state for suspending black students

According to a report released Monday by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, Missouri suspended black elementary students during the 2011-2012 school year at a higher rate than any other state.

Community leaders honored at Black History Month Program

The fourth annual Black History Month Program, put on by students of the Minority Achievement Committee known as MAC Scholars, honored Columbia leaders who worked to better their community and promote racial equality.

Decisions about late school starts are a tough call, officials say

Parents have reported dissatisfaction with the district's lack of consistency in calling delayed starts.

Kristi Shinn recommended for Derby Ridge Elementary School principal

Kristi Shinn is the principal of Main Street Elementary School in Troy, Missouri. She has seven years of teaching experience and 13 years of experience as an elementary school principal.

Study: Missouri tops in suspensions of black grade schoolers

The report released Monday found that Missouri elementary schools suspended 14.4 percent of their black students at least once during the 2011-12 school year, which is the latest data available.

Testy over testing: More students snub standardized exams

Students choosing to not to take standardized tests — many of which are mandatory — make up a small part of a growing nationwide "opt-out" movement.

Hickman choir director charged with stalking granted home detention

Matthew Felts faces felony charges in connection with allegations that he stalked a woman in late December 2014.

Columbia School Board considers new school locations, testing procedures

A new school scheduled to open in 2018 will relieve overcrowding at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

Students find voices in words of others at Poetry Out Loud

This year's regional champion, Rock Bridge junior Neil Cathro, will advance to compete in the Missouri state finals on March 12 in Jefferson City.


Missouri lawmakers talk about virtual school option for students

The virtual school provision is part of a larger bill aimed at fixing the state's student transfer law, which legislative leaders have said is a top priority this session.

Schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

Because of the new device's ability to be used with illegal substances, e-cigarettes are being written into some schools' drug and alcohol policies, meaning students will not only be severely punished for having the devices but will also receive a drug paraphernalia mark on their school record.