K-12 Education

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.

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.