K-12 Education

Lunch in the Park program expands in its eighth year

The Lunch in the Park program, which serves free and nutritious lunches to kids 18 and younger, is experiencing a surge in volunteers and participants.

Clothing and job preparation program intended to get youth hired

Three Columbia organizations are uniting to help young people get employment through job preparation and work-appropriate clothes.

Memorial service set for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin

Visitation and memorial services are scheduled for former Columbia educator Rosie Tippin.

Columbia Public School District Career Ladder program budget increased

Career Ladder, an incentive program that rewards teachers for their achievements, is one program within the Columbia Public School District to receive more money in this year's budget.

Trivia night to raise money for scholarships

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association will host a trivia night on Friday to raise money for its scholarship fund, which benefits students from city high schools.

New state Senate committee aims to better education

The Missouri Senate has formed a committee that aims to improve education in the state and better prepare students for the job market.

Columbia Audubon Society holds coloring contest for kids

The Columbia Audobon Society's contest features the male ruby-throated hummingbird and is to include prizes such as bird feeders and bird flash cards.

St. Louis creates 13 'full-service' schools

The schools will make a variety of service providers available through the school, creating community hubs for families and individuals.

UPDATE: Former school board member Rosie Tippin dies

The former elementary school principal and "lifelong educator" was passionate about children's academic success. A statement to the media from her son Keener Tippin II on behalf of the family said she died surrounded by family and loved ones.

Former school board member Rosie Tippin dies

Rosie Tippin had dealt with illness for a long time, which had led to her resignation from the school board.

Garden Gate School to expand to five days this fall

The Garden Gate School, inspired by the Waldorf method of instruction, will become a five-day kindergarten this fall. The school will hold an open house on Sunday so that interested parents can become familiar with the curriculum.

Columbia sees boom in Montessori schools

Four new Montessori schools will open in different parts of town for more than 100 children this September, bringing the total to six Montessori schools in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools athletics department gets $17,000 budget cut

The Columbia Public Schools athletics department saw a $17,000 cut to its budget when the School Board approved the 2009-10 district budget in June.

Columbia Public Schools faces possible half-million dollar deficit

Columbia Public Schools and Boone County face budget shortfalls due to a lower-than-expected increase in property valuations. The higher the assessed value, the more revenue the district receives from property taxes. Roughly 60 percent of the district’s revenue comes from property taxes.

Curious George visits Columbia's YouZeum

Curious George visited with some of his biggest fans Thursday at the YouZeum in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools celebrates 25th year with Partners in Education

Partners in Education is celebrating its 25th year of connecting local schools and businesses.

Columbia teen chefs take fourth at SkillsUSA competition

Two recent graduates of Rock Bridge High School — both of them accomplished chefs — each won fourth place in their categories last month at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City for their culinary skills.

Bullying expert shares personal experiences

Thursday was the final day of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transporation conference, with some sessions focusing on violence and bullying on school buses.

Study: Positive teacher-student relationships necessary to raising achievement

A new article by MU researchers showed that positive student-teacher relationships can have a powerful effect on individual achievement. Gentry Middle School teacher Neal Blackburn supports these findings and builds positive relationships with students in his classroom.

School bus bullying addressed at student transportation conference

School administrators and bus drivers learned Tuesday how to make school buses a safe haven for students as part of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation conference, which will continue all week.