K-12 Education

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10-year-old super speller makes gallant effort in Regional Spelling Bee

A great memory and an affinity for words help make Kael Miranda a keen speller. But sometimes it comes down to the word you draw in the heat of the contest.


St. Louis superintendent examines reasons for suspensions

Superintendent Kelvin Adams presented data that showed out-of-school suspensions across the district are down from about 11,500 in 2008-09 to nearly 4,000 last school year.

Hagan Scholarship Foundation to proceed with construction of college-preparatory academy

The Columbia Board of Adjustment approved variances that will allow the college preparatory to build a 102-foot high cupola and have just 39 parking spots.

Columbia School Board discusses MAC program, financial update, proposition 2

The MAC Scholars Program has been in Columbia Public Schools since 2002. The plan is to integrate it into the educational process and increase student participation.

St. Louis parochial school adds facial recognition cameras

Doors automatically unlock for students, faculty, staff and volunteers after the system processes photos already uploaded of them.

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.