K-12 Education

Presenter tackles racial and cultural roots of nation-wide academic achievement gap

Raymond Terrell called for more cultural awareness to fight the academic achievement gap among students of different racial groups at the Parents for Public Schools conference at MU.

Proposed legislation cuts could cost some parent educators' jobs

Proposed state cuts to the Parents as Teachers program will reduce its funding by 59 percent if implemented by a House-Senate conference committee. In Columbia, 17 of 37 employees would lose their jobs.

Columbia School Board announces a commitment to summer school programs

The Columbia School Board stated its commitment to summer school programs on Thursday. Despite uncertainty in state funding, Superintendent Chris Belcher recommended that the district start communications with parents. "Summer school is on," he said.

Proposed consolidation of education departments stirs heated debate in Senate

After giving first-round approval to a bill that would combine Missouri's higher and elementary and secondary education departments, debate has stalled progress on a proposal outlining the details of the consolidation.

Workers remove Benton Elementary hackberry tree

The 70-foot hackberry tree that stood on Benton Elementary School for more than 100 years was removed Monday because it was considered a safety hazard by several specialists.

St. Louis teachers flocking to retirement offer

Administrators hope to see 250 early retirements to go along with about 250 layoffs, cutting $34 million from the budget.

'Speak Your Mind' forum at Hickman centers on state schools funding

Student questions to panel members showed concerns about funding cuts and their potential effects on high school curriculum.

Benton Elementary Hackberry tree to be removed for safety reasons

The Hackberry tree or "Giving Tree" is going to be removed Monday because it has become a safety hazard to those around it.

Missouri Scholars Academy to continue this summer despite budget cuts

For the first time, the Missouri Scholars Academy is charging students $500 to help offset cuts in state funding.

Two Columbia students place in top 10 at statewide geography bee

Rohit Rao, 13, and Daniel Shapiro, 14, competed for a shot at the National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C., placing second and sixth, respectively.

Columbia School Board holds off on salary schedule changes

The new Columbia School Board met for the first time together Monday night to discuss salary schedules and teachers' working conditions with teacher organizations.

School Board to discuss salary schedules, welcome new member

Teacher salaries and finances are scheduled to be discussed by the Columbia School Board on Monday. The board is also scheduled to elect a president and vice president.

Fire rips through southeast Missouri middle school

A fire in a Fredericktown Middle School Saturday spread through the school. The district is planning how to shuffle students.

Columbia school leaders: Communication was key to school bond's success

School leaders cite nearly 130 informative presentations and face-to-face meetings with more than 7,000 members of the community as vital to the 77 percent voter approval of the $120 million school bond. 

Missouri Senate panel cuts extra pay for teachers

A Missouri Senate committee decided Thursday to eliminate state funding for a program that pays teachers extra money for after-school tutoring.

Missouri Senator aims to eliminate Career Ladder program

The $37 million Career Ladder program provides teachers with extra pay for things such as after-school tutoring, but Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Rob Mayer of Dexter said the money could be used to help close a projected $500 million shortfall in next year's budget.

It's Mees, Whitt and newcomer Sessions for School Board

Incumbents Jan Mees and James Whitt both won three-year seats on the Columbia School Board, along with newcomer Jonathan Sessions for a one-year term. Dan Holt and Phil Peters plan to continue their involvement in Columbia education, whether on the board or not.

Voters approve $120 million bond for Columbia schools

About 77 percent of voters approved a $120 million bond issue put forth by Columbia Public Schools.

Whitt hopes to get the most from students

Now finishing his first year on the Columbia School Board, Whitt said closing the academic achievement gap and providing adequate physical facilities are two key goals.

Mees draws on experience in Columbia School Board election

Jan Mees, who is running to keep her seat on the Columbia School Board, said her primary goals are closing the academic achievement gap between students and balancing the district budget.