K-12 Education

Title I preschool offers more than ABCs, focuses on wide range of learning skills

The Columbia Title I preschools use what’s called the HighScope curriculum. This system focuses not just on academic, cognitive and language skills but incorporates life skills such as independence, decision-making and problem solving.

Two file for Columbia School Board seats

Tom Rose will not seek re-election, and incumbent Helen Wade has not filed so far. The deadline is Jan. 21,2014. 

Lee Elementary students perform at Memorial Union

Nearly 60 students performed songs from the "Hansel and Gretel" opera, as well as Christmas carols, in front of the Memorial Union arch on Wednesday.

Catholic growth in Columbia prompts reflection on the future

In November, members from the Diocese of Jefferson City met with parishioners in five listening sessions to talk about whether they would be willing to support the addition of a new parish, a new primary school or both.

City approves playground funding for four elementary schools

In fiscal year 2014, $25,000 will be split between playgrounds at Parkade, Fairview, Russell Boulevard and New Haven elementary schools.

Children from Stephens College Children's School visit Santa

The students also got to see artwork they had made deck the halls of the President's Home at Stephens.

Judge to decide whether to allow evidence in Hickman yearbook prank case

In May, a Hickman High School senior was arrested after she was accused of changing a student's last name in the yearbook to "Masturbate." A hearing was held Friday after a motion was filed to suppress information acquired before her arrest.

Missouri auditor wants education agency documents

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro seeking documents related to an initiative petition affecting teacher tenure and a state contract with a group that's supposed to recommend ways to improve unaccredited districts.

Kansas City school board to sue state over accreditation

The district aims to stop the state from enforcing a student transfer law while its case for provisional accreditation is pending.

Plans for nature-based school will be on display Thursday

The Columbia Public School District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are looking for the public's opinion on building plans for the school. The open house will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Community brainstorms ideas for Columbia's first nature-based school

Ideas for Columbia's first nature-based school were bounced around Thursday evening at an open house where parents, teachers and community members offered their suggestions.


FROM READERS: Former students let Spanish teacher know she made a difference

Alice’s passion and devotion to excellence created lively, compelling classes that were irresistible to her students.

Families, child care providers find subsidy program tough to access

Parents, hoping to receive state subsidies for child care, can face long wait times for approval, lost paperwork and a time-consuming application process. Day care providers said difficulties with the application process make it difficult for parents to get the financial help needed to work or go to school.

UPDATE: Missouri court upholds student transfer law in Kansas City case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an assertion that the student transfer law amounted to an unfunded mandate on local schools that violated the state constitution.

Mill Creek boundaries altered to ease overcrowding

The Columbia School Board voted to change Mill Creek Elementary School boundary lines to ease overcrowding. It tabled some decisions related to the boundary lines until its January meeting.

Mill Creek boundary change, bond issue up for school board vote

The Columbia School Board will vote on boundary changes for Mill Creek Elementary School's 2014-15 school year.

International test results raise questions among educators

The Program for International Student Assessment results show students in the United States have lower math and science scores than students in other countries.

Students say high school coursework more indicative than ACT

MU students said that when they were preparing for college, they concentrated on doing well in their high school classes rather than studying for standardized tests.

Missouri education committee releases report

The panel recommended that the legislature look at providing more money for early childhood education.

Asian nations dominate international test as Americans lag behind

These results again raise the question of whether the United States is consistently outperformed because of the widely varied backgrounds of its students.