K-12 Education

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture extends reach into local schools

Eight schools in Columbia are now working with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to develop their outdoor classrooms.

Online literacy initiative attempts to get tablets into the hands of children

Columbia READS! is asking for donations of old tablets to provide children with access to online books.

First-graders from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary spread holiday cheer at MU concert

Dozens of elementary students converged on the steps of MU's Memorial Union on Tuesday to sing holiday songs despite the day's cold weather.

New youth council would advise city on issues related to young people

The idea, which emerged from a class at Battle High School, will be introduced Monday night and go up for a vote by the Columbia City Council in January.

FROM READERS: My son the pianist

Henry Huang, an eighth-grader at Gentry Middle School, has earned a spot in the division finals of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition.

Plans for Columbia nature-based school put on hold

The school was set to open in the fall of 2015.

High-speed Internet on its way to more schools

The $3.9 billion plan would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

Battle students create soft sculptures for preschoolers

Battle High School preschoolers' imaginations sprang to life Wednesday morning after high school students made their drawings into three-dimensional soft sculptures.

Columbia Catholic school, parish decision set for January

The Diocese of Jefferson City will review recommendations from listening sessions held in Columbia. A decision on whether to bring a new Catholic school or parish to the city will be made by the end of January.


Columbia group wants to help parents and schools connect

Worley Street Round Table was created to provide resources to parents in the community who want to be more involved in the life of their child at school. Part of the problem, founders Verna Laboy and Adrian Clifton say, is that parents don't know what to do.

'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution

Students from Douglass High School and MU Honors College finished the semester by teaching the community what their "Empathy Museum" is and how to start an "empathy revolution."

Five finalists vie to lead education in Missouri

The State Board of Education this week announced the list of candidates to replace Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

Columbia School Board approves gun policy, transportation contract

The Columbia School Board approved a policy that will allow two security personnel in the district to carry firearms. Student Transportation of America was selected to become the district's new transportation provider.

Columbia School Board to vote on gun policy, bus transportation service

On Monday, the board will vote on a gun policy that would allow two security personnel to carry guns in schools. If the policy passes, the security personnel would still need approval from the superintendent.

STEP program gives students real-life experiences through hospital internships

Instead of going to their respective high schools, the STEP, or Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership, interns spend time at departments in Boone Hospital Center.

At Ferguson forum, MU students fault administrators for lack of action

At the event, which drew about 200 people, some students criticized MU administrators' lack of response to Ferguson.


No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

The landmark Bush-era law requires schools to show annual growth in student achievement or face consequences. However, it had led to complaints that teachers were teaching to standardized tests and has been criticized as unrealistic. 

Missouri taxpayers sue governor over Common Core test

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order for about two weeks to block Missouri from giving taxpayer dollars to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Battle students rally for football team

The Spartans will play for the state title on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. This is the first year the team has been eligible to compete in the the playoffs.

Douglass High School comes together to host Thanksgiving dinner

The annual gathering fosters a sense of community among those with connections to the school.