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.
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.
Firefighters arrived at the central Columbia school about 6 a.m. Once the power was turned off, the fire went out.
The chamber said the state should fund a statewide 100 percent online public school.
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.
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.
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.
"There's no magic number" that determines when to close, said Michelle Baumstark, spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, which did cancel classes earlier this month because of the cold.
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.
The education department is looking for a replacement for the recently-retired Barbara Garrison.
Between August and December 2013, district students served 887 out-of-school suspensions, compared to 1,204 in the same time period in 2012.
The event was designed to get students excited about space for when they get to talk with astronauts in March.
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.
The superintendent says he feels listening to community concerns has been the hallmark of his five years at the School District.
The Columbia School Board will discuss the search to replace Superintendent Chris Belcher at its Monday meeting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.