K-12 Education

New public school heat policy in effect for fall

Columbia Public Schools' policy for heat-related early dismissal, changed last year, affects only those schools that don't have air conditioning. And the district plans to make cooling those schools a priority as part of a bond issue slated for 2010.

Federal grant helps create MU math and life sciences program

A new program at MU will build a community of students and faculty around the intersection of mathematics and life sciences. The program is funded by a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

School board likely to vote on stimulus funds

The Columbia School Board could vote Monday on the allocation of $171,000 of stimulus funds to improve its special education department.

Swine flu plan still in the works for Columbia Public Schools

With just more than two weeks until the first day of classes, Columbia Public Schools is developing a plan to manage possible outbreaks of swine flu.

Voluntary Action Center hopes tax-holiday shoppers will remember needy

The Voluntary Action Center's "Stuff the Bus" drive, which will be held this year during the sales tax holiday, collects school supplies to provide Columbia youth in need with the tools to be successful in school. They want to fill 1,600 backpacks for needy children.

Technological advancements increase human interaction in online classes

Technological advancements at MU and Stephens and Columbia colleges are intended to make online courses more like in-person classroom experiences.

Columbia Public Schools to foot larger bill for resource officers

Three deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department that served as school resource officers and DARE teachers in Columbia Public Schools will be reassigned to schools outside of the city. The district will compensate the department for the remaining deputy.

Columbia schools to use stimulus funds to buy building

The school district wants to use $1.6 million of federal money to purchase a new building for a special education facility or an early childhood education facility. The funds are part of $4 million in stimulus funds that must be spent before the end of the 2009-10 school year.

Columbia College student teachers gain direct placement in public schools

Starting in the fall, student teachers at Columbia College can work directly with seven schools in the Columbia Public School District. Previously, they had to secure placement by going through MU's program.

School officials, police talk safety at conference

Day two of the school safety and security conference featured Aaron Richman, co-director of the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response and a former police officer from Israel.

State might cut budget for career ladder program

The Career Ladder program in the Columbia Public School District, which pays teachers who devote additional hours beyond their contracts at the school, might not receive its anticipated state funding.

Two Hickman students recognized for science talent in national competition

Elizabeth Choe and Ashok Cutkosky, two 2009 Hickman High School graduates, were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.

Missouri ranks 33rd in Kids Count well-being report

Missouri is ranked below the median in new data released on children's health and well-being.

Lunch in the Park program expands in its eighth year

The Lunch in the Park program, which serves free and nutritious lunches to kids 18 and younger, is experiencing a surge in volunteers and participants.

Clothing and job preparation program intended to get youth hired

Three Columbia organizations are uniting to help young people get employment through job preparation and work-appropriate clothes.

Memorial service set for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin

Visitation and memorial services are scheduled for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin.

Columbia Public School District Career Ladder program budget increased

Career Ladder, an incentive program that rewards teachers for their achievements, is one program within the Columbia Public School District to receive more money in this year's budget.

Trivia night to raise money for scholarships

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association will host a trivia night on Friday to raise money for its scholarship fund, which benefits students from city high schools.

New state Senate committee aims to better education

The Missouri Senate has formed a committee that aims to improve education in the state and better prepare students for the job market.

Columbia Audubon Society holds coloring contest for kids

The Columbia Audobon Society's contest features the male ruby-throated hummingbird and is to include prizes such as bird feeders and bird flash cards.