K-12 Education

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.

Bright Futures Columbia gives students enrichment opportunities

Bright Futures Columbia started last month and will strive to provide resources for K-12 students to have an opportunity to be involved in extracurricular activities, including art, band, athletics and other pursuits not held in a traditional classroom.

Kindergarteners talk about love

For Valentine's Day, the kids in Keri Pratt’s kindergarten class at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School tell what love means to them. It's about mom and dad, family and caring — and even making a treehouse.

3 Missouri school districts considering 4-day week

The districts say shorter work weeks could help save them money and retain teaching staff.

Columbia Public Schools' Enrollment Study Committee decides boundary line proposal

The Columbia Public Schools' Enrollment Study Committee approved new boundary lines Tuesday night that are designed to help elementary schools adjust to overcrowding and the construction of Beulah Ralph Elementary School.

Columbia Public Schools hopes to annex school land into city

The Columbia City Council is tentatively set to vote on the annexation of Battle High School and Battle Elementary School April 20. The annexation vote date is tentative because the council must first approve the annexation of Somerset Village.

Columbia School Board approves budget amendments, hears mental health update

The board received an update on mental health and how the school district will treat students with mental illnesses.

High school students prepare for Poetry Out Loud

The event will feature winning students from nine high schools. The event is free and open to the public.

Missouri panel approves proposal to help charter schools

The proposal highlights tensions between traditional public schools and charter schools, which are championed by some lawmakers as a way to address shortfalls in Missouri's student transfer law.

FROM READERS: Tolton student shares significance of Catholic Schools Week

Senior Hannah Claas shares her experience as a student at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School.

Missouri bill aimed at youth suicide prevention, awareness

Legislation introduced by state Sen. Jill Schupp this week would also require the education department to create a model policy that could be implemented statewide.

Kansas City opens center for science, engineering students

"This will be a resource center for STEM for the region," said Laura Loyacono, director of the KC STEM Alliance.