K-12 Education

Hotel pricing addressed as Columbia wins bid to keep tournaments

Columbia will remain the location for two annual high school sports tournaments, and tourism officials say they are working with local hotels in an attempt to control prices during tournaments.

Columbia School Board to cut 70 positions in 2009-10 budget

The School Board passed a balanced budget that included cutting 70 positions. These cuts follow 80 position cuts last year, which concern some board members.

New Columbia School Board member coaches youth basketball

Working on the Columbia School Board is another way for Jim Whitt to serve youth. Whitt was sworn in on Thursday evening.

Mass vaccinations against swine flu could begin with students

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that swine flu vaccinations could begin with schoolchildren this fall and urged school districts to begin preparing now.

Columbia Public Schools' 2009-2010 budget reflects deep cuts

The draft budget for Columbia Public Schools shows more than $4.4 million in cuts. See a partial summary of the budget here.

Balanced School Board operating budget awaits approval

The Columbia School Board is likely to pass its first balanced budget in eight years this week, with trims to positions and services. The public may comment on it before the vote on Thursday evening.

Investigation into felled trees at Rock Bridge High School continues

The six trees, together worth between $4,200 and $4,800, were found cut down on the last day of school. Contrary to rumors, they were not "memory trees" planted in memory of a student who died, Rock Bridge officials said.

Student charged with hacking grade system

A 16-year-old student at a high school in New York is facing charges of identity theft and unauthorized use of a computer for blocking teachers' access to the system.

Columbia School Board appoints Whitt to open seat

A special meeting of the Columbia School Board on Thursday resulted in the election of James Whitt to a seat vacated last month.

Missouri Scholars Academy faces budget cuts in 2010

Endearingly called "nerd camp," MSA faces cuts that are potentially devastating. “For some kids, this is their only shot,” says David Welch, director of gifted education for the state.

Columbia's Schulte a finalist for Missouri's top education job

Columbia educator Bert Schulte, former assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools during the 1990s, is one of three finalists for the position of state commissioner of education.

MU conference focuses on efforts to track student progress

The conference, held Monday and Tuesday was the first of its kind for the state of Missouri

School board comes out against tax-increment financing

Representatives from the Board of Education plan to vote against the two plans before the Tax Increment Financing Committee at Tuesday's meeting.

Columbia School Board approves 1 percent stipend

The Columbia School Board approved a 1 percent stipend for hourly support staff and asked to revisit the whole salary schedule for more improvements.

MU conference focuses on efforts to track student educational performance

The conference sponsored by the Missouri P-20 Center for Education Policy Research will highlight the use of longitudinal statistics to measure student performance.

Columbia School Board to vote on 1 percent stipend

The money would be used to boost the salaries of hourly support staff and instructional aides. For support staff, the increase would begin with 21 years of service.

Columbia Middle school teacher returns from Costa Rica

Katrina Galve, a Spanish teacher in Columbia Public Schools, was among 25 teachers nationally who traveled to Costa Rica on Toyota's International Teacher Program for Environmental Conservation and International Education.

No diploma for student who sued, judge says

The judge ruled the school was justified in denying the student a diploma and if he had been presented with all the evidence in the first place, he wouldn't have issued the order letting the teen participate at graduation.

African refugees build community in Columbia

Niyonzima Etienne's family, which includes his father and six siblings, is part of a growing African community in Columbia's First Ward. In Columbia, the refugees have found a support network that has helped them accomplish their goals. In turn, their new friends have learned more about the meaning of community. 

Eight candidates apply for open Columbia School Board seat

Eight people have applied to take Rosie Tippin's seat on the Columbia School Board. Applicants will be interviewed by the board on June 11 and the appointee sworn in June 18.