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K-12 Education

UPDATE: Jefferson Junior High BB gun not found, believed removed from school property

A news release stated that Columbia police think the BB gun was removed and taken off school property.

Columbia School Board candidates named

Three seats are open on the board.

Missouri education department seeks public input on special education services

To comply with federal regulations, Missouri is seeking to change its guidelines regarding special education. A final public hearing before recommendations are submitted to the state board of education will be held Jan. 26 in St. Louis.

School Board approves bond issue, new summer school contract

Instead of offering students $100 for perfect attendance at summer school, the Columbia Public School District will offer raffles and other incentives throughout the summer session.

Missouri budget cuts could roil virtual school students, parents

Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement this fall of a $204 million budget cut removes the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program's state-funded seats. For students wishing to continue their online education, parents, schools or districts must now foot the bill.

Columbia Independent School works to integrate, expand international program

Head of School Scott K. Gibson III says his students benefit from seeing international students overcome the challenges that go along with living in a new country. Gibson is working to expand the school's study-abroad program.

Public schools closed Friday

Columbia Public Schools has announced by text message that schools will be closed Friday because of winter weather.

UPDATE: Columbia Public Schools cancels most after-school activities Wednesday

Columbia Public Schools canceled most after-school activities Wednesday because of winter weather.

Columbia Public Schools will remain in session Wednesday

Administrators will wait until 5:30 a.m. Thursday to decide whether there will be early dismissal or cancellation.

Columbia school district starts multiracial identification

Following a requirement by the federal government, Columbia Public Schools is  implementing a new system allows students and staff to identify more than one choice for their race.

MU High continues to grow

The mission of MU High School includes striving to “provide distance learning courses, through a variety of delivery methods, that will complement traditional high school curricula,” according to its Web site. “We’re constantly developing more online courses and having a more online presence,” said Principal Kristi Smalley.

Partnership pairs MU High School with older prospective students

MU High School is making its first attempt at targeting an older audience by partnering with BJC HealthCare in St. Louis. This nonprofit health care organization offers its employees financial help in taking classes and working toward their high school diploma.

More candidates file to run for Columbia School Board

Incumbent James Whitt, Dan Holt and Jonathan Sessions bring to five the number of candidates for the Columbia School Board. The filing deadline is Jan. 19, 2010.

SLIDESHOW: Field Elementary School closes its doors

Students at Field Elementary School marked the school's last day on Friday. Students, teachers and staff will move to a new building at the start of the new year.

Eugene Field Elementary hosts farewell open house

The school invited members of the community to visit Thursday, the night before the final day of classes that the elementary students will have in the building.

Missouri to shut down Wellston School District near St. Louis

The district, which lost its state accreditation in 2003, will be merged with the nearby Normandy School District.

Two Columbia tutoring programs see growth in services

Two Columbia tutoring programs, Jumpstart and A Way With Words and Numbers, have seen growth in their services this year. “With funding being a constraint, our goal each year is to grow inch by inch to serve more and more children,” says Jumpstart's Chrissie Bennett. 

Columbia School Board tours new elementary school

Members of the Columbia School Board toured the new elementary school, Alpha Hart Lewis, on Monday.

School Board to discuss future financial plans Monday

Columbia School Board will hear reports about the financial challenges that lie ahead if state funding declines.

Budget predictions dire for Columbia Public Schools

All public schools should expect to have the state funding cut because of the state's shortfall of $1 billion in revenue over the past two fiscal years, a state representative told members of the Columbia School Board at a Monday night meeting.

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