K-12 Education

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.

League of Women Voters forum draws questions from community

Topics of concern ranged from the school bond issue to getting parents more involved in decison-making.

Education students get opportunity to question School Board candidates

The MU College of Education held a round-robin style discussion with all five Columbia School Board candidates Tuesday night, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Columbia School Board cuts budget for middle school athletics

The Columbia School Board voted to cut funding for middle school athletics and make the program solely intramural.

School board to consider budget reductions, amendments on Monday

The Columbia School Board is scheduled to discuss budget amendments, such as changing how after-school programs are run, at 7 p.m. Monday.

Breaking down language barriers in Columbia Public Schools

Jenifer Albright-Borts, coordinator of Columbia’s English Language Learners program, has helped Columbia Public Schools students grasp English for six years.

Kansas City board to vote Wednesday on closing half its public schools

A school board vote will be held Wednesday to decide whether or not to pass a plan that entails closing down 29 of 61 of Kansas City's public schools. The plan would also cut 700 of the district's jobs.

Parents As Teachers' March screenings packed

The monthly screenings, which saw more than the normal number of children this month, allow for early detection in children with hearing and vision problems.

MU athletes read to students through videoconference

MU student athletes read to elementary students as part of the Star Light Reading Program, a part of the MU College of Education.

Missouri schools receive federal grants to burn biomass

The Missouri Department of Conservation estimates that schools can save 25 to 75 percent on heating by burning biomass instead of oil or natural gas.

Oak Park's Maus named Rock Bridge High School principal

Columbia Public Schools named Mark Maus principal of Rock Bridge High School Monday. Maus is currently assistant principal of Oak Park High School in Kansas City and will replace Rock Bridge Principal Kathy Ritter.

Columbia Public Schools begins kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for Columbia Public Schools will begin March 17.

Numerous bond issue presentations for April ballot

Columbia Public Schools leaders are educating the community about the upcoming ballot issue by making more than 100 presentations before the vote appears on the ballot in early April.

ANALYSIS: Funding shortfall splits Missouri schools

The question of which schools will suffer from state funding cuts is left unanswered at Missouri's state capitol. The debate of "What's fair?" splits officials on the decision.

Lincoln University will add master's degree in Environmental Science

Lincoln University becomes only central Missouri university to offer an Environmental Science master's degree program.

Announcement for new Rock Bridge principal expected Monday

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher says three finalists are being considered for the job.

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.