The board also approved new science standards and higher prices for school meals. The formation of a girls lacrosse team was on the agenda as well.
The agreement would restore teachers' pay steps that were frozen during the 2008-09 fiscal year.
The standards, known as the Next Generation Science Standards, incorporate more STEM labs and real-world application into the curriculum.
Some schools say the changes have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements.
Although students were tentative to dance at first, the song "Wobble," by rapper V.I.C., finally broke the ice as students flocked to the dance floor at the 2014 Hickman High School prom. The annual dance was held Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.
This was the first year of the Fabulous Follies, a talent show that revives an old tradition and that educators hope will become a new trademark for Jefferson Middle School.
The bill was set aside for future debate Tuesday evening as senators worked through various amendments. The measure would implement new education goals for English, math, science and history by the 2016 academic year.
Brook Harlan started a milk crate garden at the Columbia Area Career Center's Culinary Arts school to show students how to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables in almost any location.
The growth has been spurred by such factors as a greater awareness of the dropout problem and efforts by districts, states and the federal government to include graduation rates in accountability measures.
If lawmakers approve the legislation, Missouri would be the second state, after Indiana, to formally abandon the national Common Core State Standards.
An education coalition says using public funds for private school education is unconstitutional and that private schools are not accountable to taxpayers in the same way as public schools. The private school provision is part of legislation overhauling a student transfer law.
Ben Tilley, now the Title I supervisor for Columbia Public Schools, was principal at Ridgeway and Fairview elementary schools. He is being recommended to succeed Peter Stiepleman as assistant superintendent of elementary education.
This summer, Columbia Public Schools will increase the number of online courses, offer driver's training for the second year and offer Chinese language classes for seventh- and eighth-graders.
Business and education leaders gathered Monday afternoon to learn more about problems in early education and how they can invest their businesses into alleviating them.
A House committee could vote on a measure this week, and leaders say the student transfer measure could be debated by the full House next week.
Students in Dumbledore's Army, a "Harry Potter" club at Battle High School, play a modified version of quidditch, the sport played by characters from the book series.
The middle and high school students were celebrating the founding of Rome as part of their Latin language studies classes.
Changes include making the essay section optional, reverting to the 1,600-point scale and getting rid of the penalty for wrong answers.
The board expects the new school to draw about 365 students from the surrounding elementary schools.
HB 1490 would allow Common Core to remain in schools next year, but it provides a pathway for developing Missouri's own standards. It passed the House 132-19.