K-12 Education

Columbia Catholic school, parish decision set for January

The Diocese of Jefferson City will review recommendations from listening sessions held in Columbia. A decision on whether to bring a new Catholic school or parish to the city will be made by the end of January.


Columbia group wants to help parents and schools connect

Worley Street Round Table was created to provide resources to parents in the community who want to be more involved in the life of their child at school. Part of the problem, founders Verna Laboy and Adrian Clifton say, is that parents don't know what to do.

'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution

Students from Douglass High School and MU Honors College finished the semester by teaching the community what their "Empathy Museum" is and how to start an "empathy revolution."

Five finalists vie to lead education in Missouri

The State Board of Education this week announced the list of candidates to replace Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

Columbia School Board approves gun policy, transportation contract

The Columbia School Board approved a policy that will allow two security personnel in the district to carry firearms. Student Transportation of America was selected to become the district's new transportation provider.

Columbia School Board to vote on gun policy, bus transportation service

On Monday, the board will vote on a gun policy that would allow two security personnel to carry guns in schools. If the policy passes, the security personnel would still need approval from the superintendent.

STEP program gives students real-life experiences through hospital internships

Instead of going to their respective high schools, the STEP, or Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership, interns spend time at departments in Boone Hospital Center.

At Ferguson forum, MU students fault administrators for lack of action

At the event, which drew about 200 people, some students criticized MU administrators' lack of response to Ferguson.


No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

The landmark Bush-era law requires schools to show annual growth in student achievement or face consequences. However, it had led to complaints that teachers were teaching to standardized tests and has been criticized as unrealistic. 

Missouri taxpayers sue governor over Common Core test

Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order for about two weeks to block Missouri from giving taxpayer dollars to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Battle students rally for football team

The Spartans will play for the state title on Friday at the Edward Jones Dome. This is the first year the team has been eligible to compete in the the playoffs.

Douglass High School comes together to host Thanksgiving dinner

The annual gathering fosters a sense of community among those with connections to the school.

Hickman Red Cross Club brings the holidays to our veterans

As the first Red Cross club in central Missouri, the students of Hickman High School  are setting a trend of community service. This weekend they hosted Holiday Mail for Heroes, encouraging residents to show appreciation to local veterans.

BATTLE RISING: Spartan mascot brings energy to team

Spartan mascot Cameron Hawkins channels his faith and Battle High School football fans' energy into encouraging the team during playoffs.

Nicastro reflects on her controversial decisions as education commissioner before stepping down

Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro discusses the past and future of Missouri's education system.

Releasing hawks, owl into wild teaches Rock Bridge Elementary students about conservation

Two wildlife biologists taught first-, second- and fourth-graders about the birds, which were rescued near an airport in St. Louis.

Columbia School Board hears early report on student achievement

The board also received information on preparing students for college and careers after graduation.

Hickman's 'Fiddler on the Roof' actors talk about tradition

Performers are creating traditions that will extend beyond the life of the show.

Parkade Elementary School kids get technical

Sure, you can take a picture using Google Glass. But only GlaDOS from Aldebaran Robotics can bust a move.

Tolton's lockdown, drug sweep come up clean

After school administrators were tipped off that there had been drugs at the school in the past, Tuesday's lockdown and drug sweep were intended to confirm no drugs were in the school.