K-12 Education

Electronic speed limit signs to be installed in seven school zones

The city's plans to install electronic speed limit signs at local schools calls for making the Columbia Independent School a priority.

Columbia Public Schools in danger of losing Career Ladder program

Teachers and legislators met with the Columbia School Board on Thursday morning to discuss the Career Ladder program which is now in jeopardy.  The program gives monetary bonuses to teachers who spend time with students outside of their contractual time.

Mid-Missouri classrooms take varied approaches to airing Obama's speech

The president's address to schoolchildren Tuesday focused on the importance of commitment, hard work and extracurricular involvement. Some schools asked for parents' permission before showing the speech to students, while others let the students decide if they wanted to watch it.

Obama to students: Study hard, future depends on it

In an address to be broadcast to schools across the country, President Barack Obama will tell students that the future of the country rests on their young shoulders. According to remarks posted online Monday, the president will ask children to work hard and to never give up on school. Fearing a hidden political agenda, some groups and school districts have chosen to boycott the speech.

Mill Creek Elementary celebrates twentieth anniversary

Parents and children celebrate the school and its volunteer community.

Columbia Public Schools to make Obama speech available

The Columbia Public School District will now be able to make President Barack Obama's speech to students available to teachers districtwide via an internal network. Student participation in viewing the speech remains optional.

Missouri braces for H1N1

Officials said state departments plan to offer H1N1 vaccine to high-risk inmates and residents in mental health facilities.

Supreme Court decides in favor of current school funding formula

The Columbia School Board, which was a part of the original lawsuit, was not among those who filed the appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court.

School nutrition program integrates Missouri-grown foods

Columbia Public School District launches the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in two elementary schools, pushing distributors for produce grown within the state.

Missouri Supreme Court upholds school funding formula

Public school districts throughout Missouri sued the state, claiming it fails to provide schools enough money and to distribute it fairly.

Columbia Independent School opens new campus

Columbia Independent School welcomed back students Tuesday to a new school year and a new campus that combines its upper and lower schools. The new facility also houses a fitness center, new-media center and "junior kindergarten" for preschool-age children.

School Board hopes tax levy increase will balance budget, pay teachers

The 4.25-cent increase will be used to compensate teachers for continuing their educations, but raises will still not reflect experience.

District sees rise in immigrant population

Seventeen different languages are spoken in the four schools that make up the Bayless School District in St. Louis County.

Columbia officials plan park to accompany new high school

In a meeting Wednesday, city and county officials discussed the need for 15 to 20 acres of land near the location of the new high school for a park.

Columbia students score above average on AP exams

High school students in Columbia had their strongest average scores in psychology, their lowest in U.S. history.

Columbia School Board to vote on increased property tax levy

School Board member Tom Rose said that the increase is the maximum increase possible, and that the board has in no way decided to accept the full levy. There will be a public forum at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the District Administration Building.

Ridgeway Elementary School parents discuss transfers with assistant superintendent

Ridgeway faces larger classes than ever before because of student transfers allowed under provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Columbia school transfers contribute to large class sizes

Students transferring from underachieving schools to schools such as Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, which have met proficiency goals, are contributing to oversized classes. In Two Mile Prairie's case, classes have seen burgeoning sizes, some exceeding standards set by the state.

Back to school is a family affair in Columbia

Because Columbia is home to so many educators, a number of families have parents as well as children returning to school. “During these back-to-school days, our house is an exciting place to be,” said Bill Allen, assistant professor of agricultural journalism at MU.

PHOTO GALLERY: Back to school in Columbia

Students in Columbia Public Schools went back to school on Monday. Do you have a photo you want to share from the first day? E-mail it to us at