K-12 Education

State says no approval for Normandy lawsuit costs

In its lawsuit, Normandy contends that the 1993 transfer law is unconstitutional and that the district cannot comply with its requirements. It was filed Wednesday in St. Louis County by the district and several residents, and it names as defendants the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and 20 St. Louis-area school districts.

U.S. Presidential Scholar, new mom among graduates at Rock Bridge High

Rock Bridge Principal Jennifer Mast reminded those attending Thursday's ceremony that graduating from high school isn't an accomplishment to be taken lightly.

Surprise graduates make Battle High School history

Ashley Popham and Jason McCloud became the first students to receive their diplomas from Muriel Williams Battle High School at a small ceremony Thursday night.

As Columbia Independent School seniors prepare for future, they look back

Eight students graduated from Columbia Independent School on Thursday. But first, they reminisced on their time together and reflected on what comes next.

FROM READERS: Hopes and dreams from high school seniors

Seniors from Hickman High School spoke about where they see themselves in the next four years. Some thought of graduate school. Others hoped for a journey abroad.

UPDATE: Graduation guide for Columbia high schools

Columbia's high school seniors and nontraditional students are preparing to don their graduation gowns and caps and celebrate their successes. This graduation guide will help you celebrate with them.

Bill addresses openings on state education board

The legislation calls for the governor to make an appointment to the education board within 30 days.

FROM READERS: Common Core debate deserves to be informed

Often the people who call Common Core into question later admit to me that they have not read a single standard for themselves.

Literary reviews showcase high school talents in words, images

Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools have had literary and artistic reviews for years. Now, Battle High School has one, too.

Nixon announces more cuts to education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced an additional $35 million in spending cuts for public schools and universities, citing concerns about declining state revenues from lottery sales and casino taxes.

USDA delays whole-grains rule for school pastas

The delay comes hours after a Republican-led House spending panel criticized the Obama administration's healthier school-lunch standards and proposed letting some schools opt out of them entirely.

Missouri education officials replace unaccredited Normandy district

The struggling St. Louis County district will be dissolved at the end of June and all existing contracts will be terminated.

Douglass High School considers partnership with youth empowerment nonprofit

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. 

Hospital satellite program opens up careers for 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.

2+2 = what? Parents rail against Common Core math

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.

Rock Bridge student recognized as 21st Presidential Scholar from Columbia

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.

Achievement gap, funding named biggest future challenges for Columbia Public Schools

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.

Availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten varies widely

No states require preschoolers to attend school. Some states seek to offer it universally. Others base eligibility on family income.

Columbia School Board approves employee raises

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.

Columbia School Board to vote on collective bargaining agreement

The agreement would restore teachers' pay steps that were frozen during the 2008-09 fiscal year.