K-12 Education

UPDATE: Missouri senators debate uncredited school districts, transfer law

Missouri senators have began discussions about legislation regarding an existing transfers for students in unaccredited school districts.

Columbia School Board supports proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70

The Columbia School Board has agreed to vote in favor of a proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70. Additionally, 16 people have applied to succeed Chris Belcher as district superintendent.

Rock Bridge student earns spot in state Poetry Out Loud competition

Sara Ashbaugh, senior at Rock Bridge High School, will move on to the state Poetry Out Loud competition after winning the mid-Missouri regional competition Wednesday.

Three Columbia teens part of Poetry Out Loud

Representing Columbia schools are Sophia Casto from Hickman High School, Sara Ashbaugh from Rock Bridge High School and Chris Melnyk from Columbia Independent School.


BATTLE RISING: Students engage in February events

In the month of February students and staff at Battle High School prepared for its first courtwarming dance, hosted a cheer clinic and lost a basketball game to Fr. Tolton High School

BATTLE RISING: Students celebrate school's first Courtwarming Dance

Battle High School students had their first Courtwarming Dance on Friday. The dance was the culmination of the school's first Spirit Week, which takes place when both the boys and girls basketball teams have their first home games in the same week.

BATTLE RISING: Battle High School couple find love

Samantha Moss, 16, and Xavier Rolley, 17, were brought together at summer school last year.

UPDATE: Missouri budget bill includes $5M for Normandy School District

Money to keep a St. Louis County school district afloat has been included in a midyear spending bill filed in the Missouri House.

Columbia School Board: Meet the candidates

Who is running for Columbia School Board in the April 8 election? Here is an introduction.

Columbia School Board names new school for Eliot Battle

The newest Columbia elementary school will be named Eliot Battle Elementary School. The School Board will vote Feb. 20 on a Community Improvement District.

Missouri education officials look at school plans

The Missouri School Boards' Association released a plan Monday that would halt student transfers while requiring unaccredited districts to commit to improvements.

School Board expected to vote on elementary school name, bond issue

The two proposed names for the elementary school under construction in northeast Columbia going before the board are Luella St. Clair Elementary School and Eliot Battle Elementary School.

Columbia Public Schools to remain closed Friday

District spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said all six of the district's drive teams reported hazardous conditions on bus routes Thursday. The district will extend the school year to June 5.

A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Even though Republican-run state governments have been pushing spending cuts in most areas there is one exception – preschool programs. Funding for programs that help families afford preschool is now $400 million more than before the economic downturn.


UPDATE: MU, Columbia Public Schools, other colleges cancel Tuesday classes

MU, Columbia and Stephens colleges and Columbia Public Schools canceled Tuesday classes, citing the winter storm warning from the National Weather Service. The city of Columbia offices are also closed.

Heat is out at Jefferson Middle School after electrical fire

Firefighters arrived at the central Columbia school about 6 a.m. Once the power was turned off, the fire went out.

Missouri chamber calls for expansion of online learning

The chamber said the state should fund a statewide 100 percent online public school.

'Bully' screening at Columbia youth summit moves students, parents

The documentary was part of an annual two-day campaign at Columbia's public middle schools. Topics included substance abuse, suicide prevention, and healthy and positive decision-making by young people.

Hearings will focus on unaccredited Missouri schools

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will use the feedback as it creates a statewide plan for supporting and possibly intervening in unaccredited schools.

Missouri to pay for ACT, reduce some testing times

Beginning next school year, the state will provide high school juniors with one free attempt at the ACT and introduce new standardized assessments for elementary and middle schools.