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K-12 Education

Columbia schools superintendent addresses need for a new elementary school

The Columbia schools superintendent says it's important to address the possibility of adding an additional elementary school because of expected growth and to reduce the number of mobile classrooms, which was a priority of an earlier School Board.

Missouri uses rigorous education standards when compared nationally, study says

A study that compares state standards in academic proficiency found that Missouri uses some of the most rigorous standards for reading and math in the United States to measure proficiency of its students.

School Board approves marching band restriction, plans for Field Elementary

School Board members vote to halt marching band until 10th grade and to relocate classes and programs to Field Elementary.

Columbia School Board to vote on Field property usage

The Columbia School Board will vote Monday on how to use the Field Elementary School and the 4600 Bethel Rd. properties.

Education leaders discuss future of schools

Four state senators and top state educators met for a hearing at the University of Central Missouri. Educators gave testimony that Missouri needs more educational funding. The Missouri Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee will use the information to plan legislation designed to improve education.

Columbia elementary school students receive H1N1 vaccination

Two Columbia elementary schools began distributing the H1N1 vaccine to students who received parental consent. Columbia Public Schools will offer the vaccine to all students in the district as it becomes available.

Group focuses on promoting pedestrian safety for Halloween

Contaminated candy is less of a Halloween safety concern than people might think, but parents should still be cautious, Safe Kids Columbia says.

Schools committee recommends that Field turn into early childhood center

Columbia Public School's Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee recommended that Field Elementary School be turned into an early childhood education center and that Bearfield School students go to a property on Bethel Street that the district is  buying.

Federal report: Missouri has high math, reading standards

Missouri has the second highest standards in reading for fourth- and eighth-graders. The National Center for Education Statistics compared the standards states used in 2005 and 2007 to judge students' math and reading profiency.

Paxton Keeley responds to candy snorting phenomenon

Fifth-graders at Paxton Keeley Elementary School have been crushing up Smarties and inhaling the powder, likely mimicking YouTube how-to videos.

Parents, teachers discuss band instruction in Columbia schools

About 30 parents and a few students attended a forum Wednesday to discuss the removal of marching band from Columbia Public Schools' junior high music curriculum.

Bonds, property and achievement gap discussed at School Board meeting

The Columbia School Board discussed achievement gaps, the upcoming vote on the second phase of the high school bond and the status of the Van Horn, Bethel Street and Field Elementary School properties Thursday morning.

Missouri drops plans for test for integrated math

The state's decision not to create a test for Integrated Math II and III is expected to convince many districts to drop the system. Some Columbia schools use integrated math curriculum.

Curriculum committee to seek parent input at band forum

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Columbia School Board decided it wanted more parent input on a curriculum revision that would remove marching band from Columbia Public Schools' junior highs. The band program evaluation committee will listen to parent concerns at an open forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Junior High School.

Sylvan Learning Center reopens in Columbia

After shutting down for financial reasons last May, the Sylvan Learning Center has reopened under new ownership in Columbia. It's new location is at the Broadway Shops on East Broadway Boulevard.

Legislators hear about open enrollment

Open enrollment allows students to attend schools outside the district in which they reside. It is not allowed in Missouri in most instances. Legislators heard from witnesses about the possible pros and cons of such legislation.

Columbia Public Schools superintendent off to a brisk start

When Chris Belcher gave his first press conference as Columbia Public Schools superintendent last July, he was asked what he wanted to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. A little more than three months have passed since that day. So how is he doing?

New Haven Elementary School will resume class Wednesday

New Haven Elementary School dismissed students at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after a waterline broke.

Influenza contributes to student absences

An estimated 70 students were absent from Columbia Public Schools this week due to influenza, though it isn't certain how much the H1N1 strain is affecting the schools.

Missouri charter schools don't make the grade

When it comes to MAP testing, Missouri charter schools underperform compared to their public counterparts.

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