K-12 Education

Columbia School Board hears security update, awards school construction bid

The board also canceled a project for flashing school zone signs.

Francis Howell School District says transfer students need court order

The Pattonville, Ritenour and Ferguson-Florissant districts reversed their decisions and now enroll Normandy students. Only Francis Howell requires a court order for each student wanting to re-enroll.

Down syndrome activists to speak on best practices, classroom curricula

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis will bring speakers to Columbia to implement ideas and processes for working with children with Down syndrome in public schools.

Missouri teacher initiative survives ballot challenge

The measure up for a vote in November would tie teachers' jobs to student performance.

Columbia student achievement gap widens, data shows

Missouri assessment data released on Friday highlights a widening achievement gap. Columbia's MAP test, a yearly test taken statewide, saw some positive advances but showed its subgroup is falling behind.


Conservation Department gives $10,000 in gear to Columbia high schools

The donation from Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation to Hickman, Battle and Rock Bridge high schools will strengthen their outdoor curriculums.

Recess incident prompts more training for Blue Ridge Elementary lunch monitors

Lunch monitors will receive additional training after 72 fourth-grade students were forced to stand in 89-degree heat during their recess period on Aug. 21. 

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.

Two Columbia middle schools will test teen courts as alternative to justice system

A program at Lange and West middle schools this fall is designed to help reduce the number of young people being sent to the juvenile justice system and address racial discrepancies in those referrals.

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

When Columbia Public Schools adjusted its start times, the district gave high schools the latest start time at 9 a.m.

Charter high schools disappearing in Missouri

DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City is the only alternative charter high school among 45 charter schools operating in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Rock Bridge, Columbia Area Career Center get buzz-in systems

The final two schools in the Columbia School District are getting a buzz-in security system, which is part of a districtwide evaluation of safety issues.

Public schools welcome students with new teachers, facilities

The opening of schools unfolded well Tuesday in Columbia, despite phone lines being down for a short period of time, according to school officials. A total of 18,178 students came on the first day of classes.


Students at Derby Ridge Elementary ready for first day of school

Derby Ridge Elementary welcomed students at "Meet the Teacher Night." Students expressed their eagerness for the new school year, which starts Tuesday.

Judge rules in favor of Normandy parents

Judge Michael Burton ruled Friday that the Pattonville, Ritenour and Francis Howell school districts must immediately allow the children of four families in the Normandy school district to return to their schools.

Jefferson Middle School cools down just in time for school

The 103-year-old school is the last of the public schools in Columbia to be air conditioned.

The District gets Downtown Merit Award for partnership with Douglass High School

What started off in May 2012 as job training soon became life skills training, said Carrie Gartner, who was involved in the partnership. 

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall

After a merger with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project, the new Outdoor Classroom Program will begin this fall at at least eight public schools.

White students to no longer be majority at school

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.

EnCircle equips autistic young adults with technical skills

The nonprofit started a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for more resources for people with autism.