The struggling St. Louis County district will be dissolved at the end of June and all existing contracts will be terminated.
Superintendent Chris Belcher presented information at Monday's Board of Education meeting about a potential partnership between Douglass High School and Jobs for Missouri Graduates, a nonprofit that provides employment assistance for at-risk students.
The program that gives Douglass High School students work experience and classroom time at Truman Veterans Hospital is the only one of its kind still offered through the high school.
Simple arithmetic isn't so simple anymore, leading to plenty of angst at home as parents and their children try to adapt to the new Common Core standards.
Jenny Yao is the 21st Columbia Public Schools student to be named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. She will travel to Washington, D.C., in June with her gifted education teacher, where she will meet state representatives and the president.
When six district leaders were asked by the Missourian to name the biggest challenge facing the district, all said closing the gap in academic achievement.
No states require preschoolers to attend school. Some states seek to offer it universally. Others base eligibility on family income.
The board also approved new science standards and higher prices for school meals. The formation of a girls lacrosse team was on the agenda as well.
The agreement would restore teachers' pay steps that were frozen during the 2008-09 fiscal year.
The standards, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, incorporate more STEM labs and real-world application into the curriculum.
Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements.
Although students were tentative to dance at first, the song "Wobble," by rapper V.I.C., finally broke the ice as students flocked to the dance floor at the 2014 Hickman High School prom. The annual dance was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.
This was the first year of the Fabulous Follies, a talent show that revives an old tradition and that educators hope will become a new trademark for Jefferson Middle School.
The bill was set aside for future debate Tuesday evening as senators worked through various amendments. The measure would implement new education goals for English, math, science and history by the 2016 academic year.
Brook Harlan started a milk crate garden at the Columbia Area Career Center's Culinary Arts school to show students how to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in almost any location.
The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater awareness of the dropout problem and efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures.
If lawmakers approve the legislation, Missouri would be the second state, after Indiana, to formally abandon the national Common Core State Standards.
An education coalition says using public funds for private school education is unconstitutional and that private schools are not accountable to taxpayers in the same way as public schools. The private school provision is part of legislation overhauling a student transfer law.
Ben Tilley, now the Title I supervisor for Columbia Public Schools, was principal at Ridgeway and Fairview elementary schools. He is being recommended to succeed Peter Stiepleman as assistant superintendent of elementary education.
This summer, Columbia Public Schools will increase the number of online courses, offer driver's training for the second year and offer Chinese language classes for seventh- and eighth-graders.