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K-12 Education

Columbia School Board again changes Mill Creek boundaries

School attendance zones for Mill Creek Elementary School now include Bethany and Bellview drives. Also, City Manager Mike Matthes addressed the school board about tax-increment financing.

Missouri School for the Deaf has 2 interim leaders

The education department is looking for a replacement for the recently-retired Barbara Garrison.

Out-of-school suspension numbers down 26 percent

Between August and December 2013, district students served 887 out-of-school suspensions, compared to 1,204 in the same time period in 2012.

PHOTO GALLERY: Moon Landing Night teaches students about astronauts, space

The event was designed to get students excited about space for when they get to talk with astronauts in March.

School Board votes on Mill Creek enrollment, busing, discusses superintendent search

The Columbia School Board voted to provide transportation to rising fifth-graders staying at Mill Creek next year but voted against allowing their siblings to stay at the school.

Chris Belcher, outgoing superintendent of Columbia schools, talks about achievements

The superintendent says he feels listening to community concerns has been the hallmark of his five years at the School District.

Columbia School Board to discuss search for new superintendent Monday

The Columbia School Board will discuss the search to replace Superintendent Chris Belcher at its Monday meeting.

Deadline approaches to file for School Board, City Council elections

Helen Wade is the latest candidate to file for re-election to the Columbia School Board. Three positions on the board are up for election this year. Two City Council seats also available.

Columbia Public Schools superintendent announces retirement

Chris Belcher, 55, has been the superintendent of Columbia Public Schools since June 2009. He plans to take a faculty position at MU in the College of Education.

Government urges schools to end overly zealous discipline

Attorney General Eric Holder said the problems often stem from well intentioned "zero tolerance" policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems.

Lasers, music, stars to take over Columbia Public Schools planetarium

The show, a first for the school district, will feature laser lights tuned to rock 'n' roll classics from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, U2 and current top-40 hits, as well as an accurate representation of the stars in the night sky.

UPDATE: Missouri governor fills 2 seats on State Board of Education

Jay Nixon on Tuesday appointed Joe Driskill to a term expiring in July 2021. John Martin of Kansas City was also chosen to replace Stan Archie, who resigned in January 2013. Martin's term would run until July 1.

Columbia's English Language Learners program grows with demand

The school district's ELL teachers work with students who collectively speak 60 languages. The ELL teachers face the challenge of addressing each student’s needs individually.

BATTLE RISING: AVID gives students support, resources to succeed

Students at Battle High School participate in the AVID system to gain skills and support as they prepare themselves for college.

Columbia school among 14 Missouri schools splitting federal grant funds

Frederick Douglass High School in Columbia will share in the $7.5 million for low-achieving schools.

Fairview Elementary teacher receives presidential award

Fairview Elementary School teacher Ragan Webb is one of 102 teachers to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Equal Opportunity Schools helps recruit minority students for rigorous courses

Columbia Public Schools will work for another year with Equal Opportunity Schools, a not-for-profit organization, to increase minority students' participation in rigorous courses.

Missouri lawmaker proposes September to May school year

A shorter school year might mean longer school days for children.

Stephens College Children's School students decorate cookies after petition

On Thursday, pre-k classes decorated gingerbread houses with frosting and red and green candy, and the kindergarten through fifth-graders decorated gingerbread people.

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.

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