K-12 Education

Public schools welcome students with new teachers, facilities

The opening of schools unfolded well Tuesday in Columbia, despite phone lines being down for a short period of time, according to school officials. A total of 18,178 students came on the first day of classes.


Students at Derby Ridge Elementary ready for first day of school

Derby Ridge Elementary welcomed students at "Meet the Teacher Night." Students expressed their eagerness for the new school year, which starts Tuesday.

Judge rules in favor of Normandy parents

Judge Michael Burton ruled Friday that the Pattonville, Ritenour and Francis Howell school districts must immediately allow the children of four families in the Normandy school district to return to their schools.

Jefferson Middle School cools down just in time for school

The 103-year-old school is the last of the public schools in Columbia to be air conditioned.

The District gets Downtown Merit Award for partnership with Douglass High School

What started off in May 2012 as job training soon became life skills training, said Carrie Gartner, who was involved in the partnership. 

Outdoor Classroom Program will start at Columbia schools this fall

After a merger with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Columbia Outdoor Classroom Project, the new Outdoor Classroom Program will begin this fall at at least eight public schools.

White students to no longer be majority at school

For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected to have more minority students than non-Hispanic whites, a shift largely fueled by growth in the number of Hispanic children.

EnCircle equips autistic young adults with technical skills

The nonprofit started a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for more resources for people with autism.

Health fair to offer free screenings, school supplies

The Boone County Back-to-School Health Fair for children entering grades K-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Family Impact Center, 105 E. Ash St.

UPDATE: 4 districts dropped from school transfer lawsuit

The plaintiffs asked a judge to drop all but Pattonville and Ritenour from the lawsuit because the other districts have agreed to accept Normandy students.

Nixon urges school chiefs to oppose tax breaks

The governor called the 2014 legislative session "the worst six months for public education in recent memory."

State alters transfer plan for Normandy

A new policy approved Tuesday allows students who transferred in 2013-14 to continue to transfer, regardless of where they attended in 2012-13.

More funding secured for Columbia public preschool — but not space

Columbia might not fully benefit from a new law intended to improve early childhood education in Missouri because the school district has very little room to take more preschool students.

St. Louis school board perseveres despite state takeover

The elected board's continued existence stems from an unusual provision in state law that directs its members to audit and monitor the state-appointed board — but provides the elected board no resources, financial or otherwise, to do so.

Districts debate merits of master's degrees for teachers

More than half of the nation's teachers have master's degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same path.

Columbia kids explore fine arts

The Columbia Public Schools' Arts Explorers program gives selected fourth- and fifth-graders opportunities for creative growth and team work though the visual and performing arts.

Lawsuit seeks to block vote on teacher tenure

A proposed ballot initiative would limit tenure protections for Missouri teachers. Two Missouri teachers are suing to try to prevent the initiative from going to a vote.

Eighth graders address issues as part of Columbia Comes Alive! program

Middle school students arrived at the Daniel Boone City Building to voice their concerns to city staff and community stakeholders.

Gentry Middle evacuated because of glue smell

Michelle Baumstark, a spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, said students were taken outside after a glue smell from a roofing project at the school entered the ventilation system and permeated the building.

Missouri offers new guidance on student transfers

The department recommends reducing the tuition that unaccredited districts pay districts that receive transfers.