K-12 Education

Columbia School Board to vote on 1 percent stipend

The money would be used to boost the salaries of hourly support staff and instructional aides. For support staff, the increase would begin with 21 years of service.

Columbia Middle school teacher returns from Costa Rica

Katrina Galve, a Spanish teacher in Columbia Public Schools, was among 25 teachers nationally who traveled to Costa Rica on Toyota's International Teacher Program for Environmental Conservation and International Education.

No diploma for student who sued, judge says

The judge ruled the school was justified in denying the student a diploma and if he had been presented with all the evidence in the first place, he wouldn't have issued the order letting the teen participate at graduation.

African refugees build community in Columbia

Niyonzima Etienne's family, which includes his father and six siblings, is part of a growing African community in Columbia's First Ward. In Columbia, the refugees have found a support network that has helped them accomplish their goals. In turn, their new friends have learned more about the meaning of community. 

Eight candidates apply for open Columbia School Board seat

Eight people have applied to take Rosie Tippin's seat on the Columbia School Board. Applicants will be interviewed by the board on June 11 and the appointee sworn in June 18.

Columbia middle schooler nominated as student-ambassador to Australia

Ten-year-old Nicole Schroeder of Columbia has her packing, laundry, self-defense and swimming skills down as she prepares to travel to Australia as part of the People to People Ambassador Program.

Columbia, Boone County propose sales tax to offset costs of technical education

A task force designed to look at adult technical education in Columbia and Boone County is seeking money. A study group will determine the amount of a proposed sales tax, which would need voter approval, to help offset the cost of adult education programs.

More military-backed public schools appearing in U.S.

The U.S. Marine Corps is leading the trend and is in talks with at least six districts about opening schools in which students would take military classes and wear a uniform.

Mill Creek parents celebrate end of school with block party

In the hot hours before rain fell Tuesday, Mill Creek parents threw a surprise block party for their kids to celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of summer vacation.

Enrollment is up for free summer school program

Enrollment has increased by 1,200 in Columbia public schools apparently because of the economy, new elementary school sites and increased high school credit requirements.

Despite getting HIV injection as infant, teen to graduate

Brryan Jackson has survived his father's attempt on his life to become a spokesman and leader for young people with AIDS. "It took a lot of hope and faith in God to get this far," the St. Charles County teen says. "But I feel my life is blessed."

After graduation, Columbia seniors party all night — safely

All-Night Senior Party brings together graduates from each of the Columbia high schools for a safe way to celebrate after Graduation Day.

A double celebration

Mizzou Arena was booked on Saturday. And the dress of the day was cap and gown.

Rock Bridge seniors take different paths to graduation

Five hundred twenty-eight students graduated from Rock Bridge High School on Saturday night, including a student who spent her last year taking online classes and a refugee from Liberia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman High School graduation

More than 600 students graduated from Hickman High School on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Hickman graduates inspired by teachers, family, friends

One of the highest-achieving classes ever to graduate from Hickman High School received diplomas Saturday at Mizzou Arena. A record number of seven valedictorians graduated with more than 600 other classmates.

Chase is out of retirement, back as a schools administrator

Less than a year after she left Columbia Public Schools, former superintendent Phyllis Chase has come out of retirement to help lead a district in the Kansas City area.

Vote for me: A glimpse of high school campaigns

Candidates for student body president at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools offered campaign speeches while teachers noted the responsibilities of the position.

Sen. Bond speaks at early childhood summit

Sen. Kit Bond was one of many voices emphasizing the importance of early childhood education Wednesday at the second Early Childhood Summit at MU. The speakers encouraged business leaders take an active role in early childhood education.

For spellers at national bee, dorky's the new cool

Although a few participants at the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee chose to study at the hotel, the rest were in their element at the spelling bee's annual barbecue and picnic in McLean, Va.