K-12 Education

School Board expected to hear update on nature school, superintendent search

The proposed nature school would allow fifth-grade students to spend a year at a school in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Missouri school transfer law proposals seek options close to home

State lawmakers are looking to control out-of-district transfers by redirecting students at struggling schools to high-performing ones in their home districts, if space is available.

Middle-schoolers put math skills to the test at MU; take our quiz to see how you fare

Hundreds of middle school students from across the state participated in the Missouri State MATHCOUNTS Competition on Saturday. See if you can handle the type of questions they faced.

School Board candidates discuss Common Core, school safety at Muleskinners forum

The candidates answered audience questions at a forum hosted by the Muleskinners. Topics included Common Core State Standards, tax increment financing and preschool education in the district.

Holocaust survivor visits Oakland Middle School

Holocaust survivor and author Ben Fainer spoke to students at Oakland Middle School on Thursday morning. Vera and Sonia Emmons, the descendants of Holocaust survivor Gerda Nothmann Luner, also spoke at the event.


School Board candidates find common ground on funding, achievement gap

The four candidates campaigning for the three open seats on the Columbia School Board took questions Thursday during their first public forum.

Hickman assistant principal to be recommended for principal job

The school district announced Thursday that Assistant Principal Eric Johnson will be recommended as Principal Tracey Conrad's successor at Hickman High School.


Two finalists named in Columbia Public Schools' superintendent search

Dred Scott is deputy superintendent for the Independence School District, and Peter Stiepleman is assistant superintendent for elementary education for Columbia Public Schools.

UPDATE: Missouri House budget proposes two-tier school funding

A proposal outlined Wednesday by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream would provide a $122 million increase in basic aid for public school districts — significantly less than the $278 million increase proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

New SAT exam: Essay to become optional, among other changes

The College Board announced Wednesday that the SAT will undergo significant changes starting in 2016. The changes are meant to make the exam more practical and reflective of high school and college curriculum.

Four candidates chosen for Columbia Public Schools superintendent

Four people are being interviewed to succeed Chris Belcher as superintendent of Columbia Public Schools.

TELL US: What would you ask the School Board candidates?

Four candidates are running for three positions on the Columbia School Board. What questions do you have for them?

BATTLE RISING: Students gather at Battle High School for chess tournament

Chess players from across the state gathered at Battle High School on Saturday to compete in the Missouri Scholastic Championship Chess Tournament. About 500 players attended.

Thornbrook residents share concerns about southwest school plans

Columbia Public Schools representatives, civil engineers and architects addressed concerns of Thornbrook Subdivision residents regarding the building of an elementary school in southwest Columbia.

House panel adopts bill to block school standards

The measure endorsed Wednesday would prevent schools from using the Common Core Standards, unless the legislature passes a bill to adopt them.

Lange Middle School Minority Achievement Committee Scholars hosts Mandela tribute

The third-annual Black History Month event honored Nelson Mandela while raising money for educational field trips to Kansas City and St. Louis.

BATTLE RISING: Students audition for school's first talent show

Battle High School will hold its first talent show this spring.

MU College of Education suspends admissions to undergraduate art education program

College of Education Dean Daniel Clay cites low graduate numbers as the main reason for the suspension. Some professors in the art education program think the numbers misrepresent the program's success.

UPDATE: Missouri senators debate uncredited school districts, transfer law

Missouri senators have began discussions about legislation regarding an existing transfers for students in unaccredited school districts.

Columbia School Board supports proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70

The Columbia School Board has agreed to vote in favor of a proposed Community Improvement District on Business Loop 70. Additionally, 16 people have applied to succeed Chris Belcher as district superintendent.