Business and education leaders gathered Monday afternoon to learn more about problems in early education and how they can invest their businesses into alleviating them.
A House committee could vote on a measure this week, and leaders say the student transfer measure could be debated by the full House next week.
Students in Dumbledore's Army, a "Harry Potter" club at Battle High School, play a modified version of quidditch, the sport played by characters from the book series.
The middle and high school students were celebrating the founding of Rome as part of their Latin language studies classes.
Changes include making the essay section optional, reverting to the 1,600-point scale and getting rid of the penalty for wrong answers.
The board expects the new school to draw about 365 students from the surrounding elementary schools.
HB 1490 would allow Common Core to remain in schools next year, but it provides a pathway for developing Missouri's own standards. It passed the House 132-19.
Students within Alpha Hart Lewis and Two Mile Prairie elementary school boundaries will be affected by the change.
The proposed schools would bolster a learner-centered approach in education to Columbia Public Schools.
The school board members will be sworn in at Monday's meeting.
The $50 million bond issue will increase the district's debt service levy by 4 cents and will fund the construction of a new elementary school scheduled to open in January 2018.
When Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren and Chief Academic Officer Sally Beth Lyon retire in June, the district will not replace their positions but will instead divide their duties among existing staff members in the administration, district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.
Columbia Public Schools educators selected as this year's Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees were surprised with the announcementin their classrooms and offices Tuesday morning.
At the core of the report is a newly devised index based on 12 indicators measuring a child's success from birth to adulthood.
A city park with a number of kid-oriented features is being built about a block from Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. Teachers and parents are excited about the addition of the Norma Sutherland Smith Park to the area.
Some school district do what is known as surveillance, in which students are measured to identify how many are at risk for weight-related health problems but they remain anonymous. Other districts do screenings to track the weight of individual students and notify parents whose children are classified at an unhealthy weight.
The four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia School Board answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidates Forum.
Advocates long have said get-tough suspension and arrest policies in schools have contributed to a "school-to-prison" pipeline that snags minority students.
The teams from Battle High School, Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School competed in track and field events.
Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren has spent 29 years in education and has been with Columbia Public Schools since 2007.