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K-12 Education

Stimulus money saves programs at Columbia Public Schools temporarily

Stimulus money has helped Columbia's school district during the economic downturn, but that program has a 2012 expiration date.

Columbia Public Schools feeling the effects of state budget's shortfall

Missouri's school district funding through the K-12 Education Foundation Formula is expected to be reduced by 2 percent statewide.

Missouri schools getting notice of midyear reductions

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a memo Wednesday detailing that a funding shortfall could result in a 2 percent reduction in what Missouri schools otherwise would receive.

Chess tournament at Gentry Middle School draws record crowd

A record 103 chess players took part in the annual Columbia Open Chess Tournament. The elementary and middle school competition has been going on for 13 years.

Report: Columbia schools second among comparable districts in federal money

The Columbia School Board hears how the district compares to 12 other state districts in federal funds received and asks for volunteers to serve on district committees.

Missouri senator wants to do away with tenure for teachers

A Missouri senator wants to implement a bill that would pay teachers based on their performance

West Boulevard principal to oversee Columbia elementary education

Peter Stiepleman, principal at West Boulevard Elementary School, will succeed Jack Jensen as assistant superintendent for elementary education.

High schools raise funds for Haiti relief

Author and MU professor Valerie Kaussen, who was in Haiti when the earthquake occurred, and Haiti native and University Hospital nurse Sandra Beldor spoke at the event that raised funds for Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health.

Kansas City superintendent proposes closing half of district's schools

In order to trim its budget, the Kansas City School District superintendent has proposed closing around 30 schools.

 

St. Louis area program uses videos to teach advanced math, science

A Washington University graduate student has come up with a new way to tutor students who are struggling with math and science.

Open enrollment bill concerns some superintendents

Mid-Missouri superintendents expressed concerns over a bill, which went before the Missouri Senate education committee Wednesday, that would allow open enrollment among Missouri public schools.

Rock Bridge and Hickman principals leaving when school year ends

Kathy Ritter of Rock Bridge High School will retire at the end of the school year, and Michael Jeffers of Hickman High School took a position in Kansas City.

Cuts for Columbia Public Schools in the future

Monday night's School Board meeting calls for some budget cuts.

Art exhibit opens in honor of 100 Years of Scouting

Local artist and Eagle Scout Paul Jackson spoke to a group of about 150 Scouts on Sunday.

Columbia School Board estimates district cuts might include science program

Columbia Public Schools is expected to reduce its budget $5 million by next school year. Likely cuts include a fourth- and fifth-grade science specialists program.

 

 

Gentry Middle School students collect cents for Haiti earthquake

Gentry Middle School students held a competition raising money for Haitian earthquake victims from Jan. 19-29. The students raised $3,549.07 in about two weeks.

Columbia Public Schools dismissing early

Schools will dismiss students two hours and 30 minutes earlier than normal.

Children pour hearts into Valentine's Day cards for veterans

At Stephens College Children's School, the project of the day was crafting Valentine's Day cards for veterans. They produced nearly 100.

Missouri educators optimistic about No Child Left Behind Act changes

President Barack Obama proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act that would look at factors besides standardized test scores in determining the success or failure of a public school. Obama's plan would also reward districts with successful plans of action for obtaining academic success.

Columbia librarian helps choose Caldecott winner

Brandy Sanchez, a librarian at the Columbia Public Library, was among 15 judges nationally who helped decide the winner of the Caldecott Medal for best children's picture book.

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