K-12 Education

Investigation into felled trees at Rock Bridge High School continues

The six trees, together worth between $4,200 and $4,800, were found cut down on the last day of school. Contrary to rumors, they were not "memory trees" planted in memory of a student who died, Rock Bridge officials said.

Student charged with hacking grade system

A 16-year-old student at a high school in New York is facing charges of identity theft and unauthorized use of a computer for blocking teachers' access to the system.

Columbia School Board appoints Whitt to open seat

A special meeting of the Columbia School Board on Thursday resulted in the election of James Whitt to a seat vacated last month.

Missouri Scholars Academy faces budget cuts in 2010

Endearingly called "nerd camp," MSA faces cuts that are potentially devastating. “For some kids, this is their only shot,” says David Welch, director of gifted education for the state.

Columbia's Schulte a finalist for Missouri's top education job

Columbia educator Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools during the 1990s, is one of three finalists for the position of state commissioner of education.

MU conference focuses on efforts to track student progress

The conference, held Monday and Tuesday was the first of its kind for the state of Missouri

School board comes out against tax-increment financing

Representatives from the Board of Education plan to vote against the two plans before the Tax Increment Financing Committee at Tuesday's meeting.

Columbia School Board approves 1 percent stipend

The Columbia School Board approved a 1 percent stipend for hourly support staff and asked to revisit the whole salary schedule for more improvements.

MU conference focuses on efforts to track student educational performance

The conference sponsored by the Missouri P-20 Center for Education Policy Research will highlight the use of longitudinal statistics to measure student performance.

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."