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K-12 Education

Proposed school bond issue finds voters ambivalent

Anxieties come from two sides: if the bond issue passes and if it doesn't. If it passes, concerns include future funding and staffing of proposed new schools and possible losses of current programs. If it doesn't pass, concerns include overcrowding in schools, funding for maintenance of current facilities and missing out on a good economic climate in which to build.

Stephen M.R. Covey visits Shepard Boulevard Elementary

Shepard Boulevard Elementary is the first school in Missouri to implement the Leader In Me program into their curriculum. 

Schools find out if budget cuts affect them

The 13 positions that Columbia Public Schools is eliminating will affect West Boulevard Elementary, Lee Elementary and Midway Elementary, among others.

Power lunch participants discuss Columbia's future

Mayor and city council members talk about how to better serve the city.

School Board candidates focus on bond issue benefits at forum

The Chamber of Commerce's candidate forum was the last before the April 6 election. Schoool board candidates discussed the bond issue and negative perceptions about the school district.

 

Missouri home-schooled students could benefit from sports bill

A bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, would allow home-schooled students to play high school sports at the high schools in their attendance area.

House leaders proclaim budget balanced with cut to K-12 education

The Missouri House approved a $200 million cut to the K-12 Foundation Formula for the state budget to gain first-round approval.

Columbia Public Schools bond issue at a glance

Columbia Public Schools is asking voters to approve a $120 million bond issue on the April 6 ballot. Most of it would go for construction. Here is the bond issue at a glance.

Breakdown of Columbia School Board bond issue

A long-term bond issue for Columbia Public Schools was conceived in three phases. Voters approved phase one in 2007. However, phases two and three have been combined into a single, $120 million bond issue that will appear on the April 6 ballot. If approved, it would be spent on a new high school and new elementary school, building improvements, construction, air conditioning, technology and interest and fees associated with the funding.

Merit pay system debated at school board candidate forum

One candidate said performance pay was "never a bad thing," but others said they would have to see more evidence first.

School Board could trade papers for laptops

The Columbia School Board might go paperless for meetings and preparation. Also, the last day of school has been changed, and Superintendent Chris Belcher was given the go-ahead to tell Google about the district's Internet capability and what it would like to do with an expanded network.

Proposed bill would change Missouri bullying policies

The Senate heard a bill that would add discrimination motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender or sexual orientation into the state's anti-bullying law.

Changes to No Child Left Behind Act concern Columbia education leaders

The Obama administration's overhaul to the current No Child Left Behind law would reward achieving schools and offer strict consequences for those that are failing if Congress approves it.

Missouri House denies school funding effort by rural districts

Rural lawmakers in the Missouri House pushed for revising the school funding formula, but the amendment was rejected in a 83-73 House vote.

School board candidates comment on issues at NAACP forum

An NAACP forum Tuesday night gave Columbia School Board candidates a chance to address public questions.

Handbill against Columbia school bond issue misrepresents St. Louis group

A handbill recently distributed in Columbia gave the impression that the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis opposed a school bond issue on the ballot next month. The foundation has no stake in the bond issue.

MAC Scholars show committment by organizing conference

Inspired by a national conference, students involved with the Minority Achievement Committee and Minority Ambassadors for Achievement Council Scholars programs are holding one of their own to help minority students and their parents find out what it takes to be successful in college.

Proposal to combine state education departments still in early stages

Gov. Jay Nixon raised the proposal last week as a cost-savings measure.

Mees and Belcher answer questions at "potpourri" session

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher and School Board President Jan Mees talked about Columbia Public Schools and the district's bond issue.

Five Columbia schools receive Energy Star Award

Five Columbia elementary schools were presented with an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for their energy efficient practices.

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