K-12 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.

West Boulevard Elementary honored by MU for diversity initiative

The school was awarded MU's 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Award in part for "closing the academic achievement gap between white and minority students," according to the Chancellor's Diversity Initiative program's Noor Azizan-Gardner.

Rock Bridge Wind Ensemble to perform Friday at state conference

The group will play at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in Osage Beach.


Missouri educators learning to identify suicide warning signs

A University of Missouri suicide prevention program is offering training sessions for high school educators around the state. During the sessions, they learn to identify risk factors and warning signs in students.

'Kits 4 Kids' project launches this week for Haiti relief

The Missouri Department of Education teams up with Convoy of Hope to send hygiene-related supplies to children in post-quake Haiti as part of the "Kits 4 Kids" project.

West Junior High students learn about civics, have fun

A group of ninth-graders discuss how their class project turned into a life-changing experience.

Girls may learn math anxiety from female teachers

The study measured achievement against teacher anxiety. Researchers recommend the rethinking requirements for elementary school teachers.

Elementary school in Columbia has no water after waterline breaks

A waterline break at New Haven Elementary School leaves students with no running water.