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K-12 Education

Hickman Hip-Hop club sets high goals

Hickman High School's Just Hip-Hop club won two local competitions last year and hopes to compete nationally in 2009.

KC charter arts high school lacks sponsor

The future of the Kansas City School of the Arts charter is uncertain because a sponsor has not signed on.

Social Security ruling could lead to many changes in Columbia Schools

A ruling that will force more Columbia School employees to pay into Social Security could have a big impact on the district, its employees and the retirement system.

Former charter school board president headed to prison

The former president of Allen Village Charter School in Kansas City was ordered to pay restitution for embezzling money from the school.

Decision may threaten Columbia school workers' benefits

The Social Security Administration has informed Missouri school districts that only teachers, principals and a few other positions are exempt from paying into Social Security.

Potential college students taking both entrance exams more often

The numbers of students taking the SAT has risen 30 percent since 1998; the number of ACT-takers has risen 43 percent.

Japanese culture attracts students to language

At Rock Bridge and Hickman High Schools, students don't have to follow the traditional path of picking French, German, Latin or Spanish to fill Missouri's foreign language requirement. Since 1990, Columbia Public Schools has offered Japanese as an alternative language for students to learn.

School board discusses data on achievement gap

More than an hour of Monday night's Columbia Public School Board meeting centered around discussion of the achievement gap among the district's students.

Community members protest Hickman officer's return

Several of the protesters want the Columbia officer removed from the school district or even the force entirely.

New Haven Elementary hosts 13th annual Veterans Day program

New Haven students celebrated with a program on American history and patriotism.

Columbia Independent School names new headmaster

In a unanimous decision, the Columbia Independent School's board of trustees chose Scott Gibson III as the new head of the school.

School board expected to amend budget, name new elementary school

Columbia Public Schools will decide whether to amend its budget to reflect the uncertain economic climate at Monday's school board meeting, Chief Operations Officer Nick Boren said.

Turnout low at superintendent forums

Smithton and Lange middle schools hosted the forums Wednesday night.

Columbia teacher earns state award

Patricia Powell taught at West Junior High School for 20 years but recently added to her list of accomplishments.

Superintendent forums gather community input

As the school board searches for the next superintendent, it asks community members to suggest priorities the board should have when searching.

Hickman students elect Obama, Nixon in mock election

The high school held a mock election Monday where students voted on both presidential and Missouri governor candidates. Sen. Barack Obama won the presidential vote, and Attorney General Jay Nixon won the gubernatorial vote.

Community members discuss removal of Hickman officer

Parents, students and church members gathered at St. Luke's Methodist Church Monday night to discuss the next step in working to remove Hickman Resource Officer Mark Brotemarkle from Hickman and from the Columbia Police Department. Later that night, the City Council heard public comment on the subject.

MU Quizbowl Club hosts high school tournament

Eighteen high school teams from around the state competed in Saturday's quizbowl tournament, hosted by the MU Quizbowl Club.

Students spend Halloween reading books in pajamas

Students at Mill Creek Elementary School read books in their pajamas to raise money instead of dressing up for Halloween Friday.

Columbia students face harsher punishments for fighting

Under the new guidelines, any student involved in a fight will automatically receive a 10-day out-of-school suspension. Students who endanger or assault a faculty member and repeat offenders may be punished more severely — potentially be suspended for 180 days or an entire school year.

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