Phyllis Chase says she's been considering retiring for months as schools superintendent.
In its fifth year, the Salvation Army is providing over 21,000 school supplies to 42 schools.
The 2008 Missouri Assessment Program test results are being released to the public today. Only three of 28 Columbia schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress goal compared to 14 in 2007.
Both their math and reading scores improved in the state's public schools. But more districts and schools failed to meet "adequate yearly progress" goals, though state education officials said that was because requirements were more stringent under federal law.
Nina Drew left school in the 1950s and after earning her GED last month, she is interested in going to college.
Columbia’s Walking School Bus program is expanding to Derby Ridge and Parkade Elementary Schools. Columbia Public Schools received a grant to improve these and other programs.
The roughly $7 million project is intended to affect the most students possible while costing less than the old heating systems.
The system will only dismiss those schools without air conditioning on days that are deemed too hot for classes to be in session.
Seven hundred incoming kindergartners participated in summer school this year.
Budget cuts to student activities and athletics so far won’t prevent bus transportation for Columbia Public Schools teams in the coming year.
The Career Explorers Program sponsored by Walgreens and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy lets high school students work as pharmacists for four weeks each summer to learn the basics of the trade — and fill fake prescriptions for their favorite celebrities.
There were no students on the school bus when the accident occurred. The driver of one car and his 14-year-old passenger were taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. No one else was injured.
A First Student school bus caused a chain-reaction accident when it ran into a car at Stadium Boulevard and Broadway at about 3:50 p.m. Friday, Columbia Fire Battalion Chief Steve Sapp said. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.
Adithi Vellore, a student at Hickman High School, is participating in the 2008 Congressional Academy as one of two selected students from Missouri.
Classes will begin 30 minutes later to give teachers collaboration time.
Columbia Public Schools teachers Tammy Cox and Clint Darr returned from Japan with plans to share their experiences across the district.
The district paid for installation of artificial turf at Hickman in 2006 and is still waiting for repayment of $85,000 of it.
Today was the final deadline for the 2008-2009 school year budget. School Board members were required to approve a finalized budget for the 2008-2009 school year.
Columbia Independent School said it has made a commitment to internationally focused education and is looking at a new study abroad option for upper school students.
But State Auditor Susan Montee says that even if school districts met all state requirements, it wouldn't be enough to protect child passengers.