K-12 Education

Mill Creek overcrowding solution uncertain after School Board meeting

Many parents at the Columbia School Board meeting on Monday want a solution soon for the overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School.

School board to discuss Mill Creek Elementary overcrowding

The Columbia School Board will meet Monday to discuss overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School and transportation options for the 2014-15 school year.

Catholics backing school-choice initiative in Missouri

The ballot initiative would allow a 50 percent tax credit for businesses and individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations that benefit schools. It could lead to scholarships for children in private schools.

Achieve Program at Fairview Elementary aims to narrow achievement gap

An MU education teacher and Fairview Elementary School's principal have come up with a one-on-one mentoring program to get students the extra help they need to perform better in school.

World Religion classes in Columbia high schools broaden student horizons

World religions classes in Columbia high schools provide classroom conversations with an opportunity to help students be in tune with the world—and themselves.

BATTLE RISING: Battle High School marching band begins season on a high note

Battle High School's marching band has placed second at both of its competitions so far, which director Robert Thalhuber said he thinks is an accomplishment considering the band's size and newness. The band practices every weekday from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Columbia couple donates $1 million to improve public K-12 education

Larry and Brenda Potterfield donated $1 million to a foundation that will award the money to the first Missouri school district to win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Community offers suggestions for school readiness programs at World Cafe

The 194 people who attended the district's World Cafe at Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center discussed the role of public schools in career and college readiness programs.

Columbia Community Montessori preschool moving to location closer to students

Community Montessori aims to open its new location, 705 N. Providence Road, by Jan. 1. The new location was chosen for its proximity to students' homes.

Science Safari lets elementary school students explore science with MU grad students

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Midway Heights Elementary School and Paxton Keeley Elementary School performed experiments on plants at MU on Monday during the ShowMe Nature GK-12 Science Safari.

Columbia considers 'community school' to close achievement gap

Elementary school students who qualify for free or reduced lunches would be chosen through a lottery to attend the school for preschool through fifth grade. The school would be in session year-round.

Benton Elementary receives grant for solar panels

The school will add six solar panels to its roof courtesy of a grant from the UPS Foundation.

Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

Ninety schools said they stopped using the federally subsidized national school lunch program because it introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

Mill Creek, Rock Bridge PTA concerned about school overcrowding

PTA members met this week to discuss solutions to overcrowding in Rock Bridge and Mill Creek elementary schools.

Missouri education chief won't recommend Kansas City accreditation boost

Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro has expressed concerns that students in Kansas City schools are still struggling.

SAT scores remain mostly stagnant

African-American students on average scored 431 in reading, 429 in math and 418 in writing. That's slightly higher than the previous two years.

Growing number of students in Columbia launch businesses while still in school

Students are able to receive encouragement from fellow entrepreneurs by being involved in the entrepreneurial community.

Top Missouri biology teacher at Hickman High School prioritizes research

Hickman High School's Pamela Close was awarded the state's Outstanding Biology Teacher Award in May.

IN THE WORKS: Identifying problems, seeking solutions in early childhood education

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UPDATE: School leaders ask Missouri lawmakers to fix school transfer rules

An interim House committee on education is holding hearings in several communities. The interconnected issues of costly school transfers and failing schools were clearly on the minds of most in the room at Monday's hearing.