K-12 Education

Columbia Public Schools cans Pepsi in new beverage contract

The Columbia School Board has approved a contract making Coca-Cola the district's exclusive beverage provider.

St. Louis-area school named after Obama

The Normandy School Board voted unanimously to put the president's name on its new school in Pine Lawn. Students submitted the naming suggestion.

Creating Original Music Project returns for annual competition

The Creating Original Music Project, jointly operated by the MU School of Music and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, is taking submissions for its statewide music competition.

Bond money used to improve Columbia schools

Building improvements are being made on public schools. With excavation of the new high school site completed, the next step of construction is about to begin.

Columbia School Board approves budget for new building

Moving two offices into the new building will save the district an estimated $7.5 million over 26 years.

UPDATE: Stockton School Board keeps ban on award-winning book

Despite opposition, the Stockton School Board is keeping the ban on "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," due to sexual content and language.

Columbia School Board to discuss achievement gap at World Cafe community discussion

The second annual World Cafe conversations between the School Board the community are planned for October, but a final date has not been set.

Future Missouri teachers may get smaller pensions

Officials say that something has to be done to pay for the pensions already promised to current teachers and retirees.

Tabled pedestrian improvements would help Hickman High students

The City Council tabled a bill Tuesday night that would have green-lighted construction plans for a pedestrian improvements at Providence Road and Business Loop 70 because property owners of adjacent lots were not notified.

Columbia Public Schools to air Obama's student message Sept. 14

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said the district supports the president's desire to see students do well.

Principal study triggered by assistant professor Jason Grissom's youth experiences

Jason Grissom, assistant professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs, researches effectiveness of principals in three-year study.

Columbia School Board fixes error, approves lower tax increase

The owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $14 more in property taxes under the new rate.

Residents, officials discuss proposed parking lot at Jefferson Junior High

The new lot would increase safety for students, but neighbors are concerned it would cause flooding problems for nearby homes.

Missouri education officials to develop plan for future

Chris Nicastro, the state's education commissioner is scheduled to speak at the Jefferson City meeting.

Cash for showing up? A St. Louis school is trying it

Jefferson Elementary School gained 22 new students after offering a cash incentive.

Missouri's public schools show mediocre national assessment scores

At a meeting for the Missouri Public Education Vision Project on Monday in Jefferson City, Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro revealed Missouri's public school students aren't scoring as well as students in other states.

CIS balloon launch passing of the torch for two students

Columbia Independent School's annual back-to-school balloon launch was a first for pre-kindergartner Claire Opie and a last for senior Abbi Cleavinger.

Board approves tax increase for schools

The Columbia Board of Education gave unanimous approval Thursday morning to a  14.8 cent increase in the tax levy for property owners in the Columbia School District.

New group to promote safety at Missouri schools

The Center for Education Safety partners the state Department of Public Safety and the Missouri School Boards' Association. It is set to open Sept. 1 in Jefferson City.

Missouri schools address new cyberbullying statute

Advocates of a Missouri anti-cyberbullying statute that takes effect Friday hope it helps school districts focus on behavior that they say can be more harmful than traditional bullying.