K-12 Education

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.

Columbia schools at the forefront of implementing science standards

The standards, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, incorporate more STEM labs and real-world application into the curriculum.

Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements.

Students 'Wobble' their way onto dance floor at Hickman prom

Although students were tentative to dance at first, the song "Wobble," by rapper V.I.C., finally broke the ice as students flocked to the dance floor at the 2014 Hickman High School prom. The annual dance was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

Through talent show, Jefferson Middle aims to build new tradition

This was the first year of the Fabulous Follies, a talent show that revives an old tradition and that educators hope will become a new trademark for Jefferson Middle School.

Missouri Senate weighs Common Core standards

The bill was set aside for future debate Tuesday evening as senators worked through various amendments. The measure would implement new education goals for English, math, science and history by the 2016 academic year.

Columbia Area Career Center students maintain milk crate gardens

Brook Harlan started a milk crate garden at the Columbia Area Career Center's Culinary Arts school to show students how to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in almost any location.

Report: 4 in 5 US high school students graduate

The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater awareness of the dropout problem and efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures.

Missouri Senate to consider replacing Common Core standards

If lawmakers approve the legislation, Missouri would be the second state, after Indiana, to formally abandon the national Common Core State Standards.