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K-12 Education

Additional school board candidate brings count to seven

Marc Bledsoe filed his application on Wednesday to run for the school board. He said it is time to look at the facts and do what is best for the district and its students.

Principal receives architecture award for Eco Schoolhouse

Honored by the American Institute of Architects, Beverly Borduin, the principal at Grant Elementary School, shared the credit for creation of an ecologically sustainable schoolhouse.

School board candidates increase to six

Greg Flippin, a manager for Missouri Employers Mutual, filed his application for the Columbia School Board on Monday. Two positions are open in the April 7 election.

Applications continue to roll in for Columbia School Board

Bill Merideth joined the race for one of two open seats on the Columbia School Board on Friday, bringing the number of applicants to five.

Columbia public schools to cut more jobs to tackle budget deficit

At the Columbia Board of Education's first meeting of the year Monday evening, Jim Ritter, superintendent of the Columbia public schools, did not recommend any property tax levy increase because of current economic conditions.

Schools may get more time to sort out retirement benefits

A letter from the Social Security Administration to Sen. Claire McCaskill said a July 1 deadline to work out issues "may slip."

Former Teacher of the Year in trouble for contacting former student

Jan Kauffman, who won the 1994 Teacher of the Year honor, violated her probation for a second time by contacting Tyson Wilson, a former student who is in prison for drug and assault convictions.

Nathan Garten withdraws from school board race

Garten, who filed for school board candidacy on Friday, withdrew his name on Monday, citing scheduling conflicts.

Out of Africa and into a new world

They use the language resources available but still struggle with full assimilation into American life

Federal government backs down from spending promise for special education

In 1975, the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of the excess costs of public school districts' special education bill. Yet the government hasn't funded more than 18.5 percent, putting a greater strain on districts to cover the increasing costs.

Collaborative art teaches children to work together

Collaboration in the Columbia art world exists on the levels of the conceptual, the procedural and the presentational. And you don’t have to be a professional artist to appreciate its effects.

Third candidate enters school board race

Nathan Garten, a 27-year-old senior credit manager at Wells Fargo, filed Friday morning as a candidate for one of the two open positions on the school board on the April ballot. He is the third candidate to enter the race.

Missouri lawmakers look to divert new casino tax money

The use of the projected $130 million annually in new casino taxes figures to spark debate during the legislative session that starts Wednesday — partly because new tax dollars are expected to be scarce.

Second candidate enters school board race

Michelle Pruitt was involved in the successful campaign to revise the math curriculum in the Columbia Public School District.

Springfield lawmaker vows to fight voucher attempt

Democrat Sara Lampe says she won't let her minority party status get in the way of seeking more money for various education initiatives, or working against a vouchers push.

Control of Kansas City schools debated

A state representative and others say community leaders could do a better job of handling the district's operations.

Missourian to cut back to five days a week in print

The decision is expected to save $350,000 after the Missourian ran a $1 million deficit last year.

The Latin Revival

The "mother tongue" is back. With 70-strong Latin enrollment at Rock Bridge High School, consistent numbers at Hickman High School and its status as a required class at Columbia Independent School, Columbia is part of a nationwide revival of the "dead language."

Teacher works magic with emotionally disturbed children

Jennifer Luna teaches Columbia elementary students who have the most severe emotional and behavioral problems. With her dogged determination, loving discipline and unconventional techniques, she gets through to students other teachers have found impossible to teach.

Officials: Columbia schools' low rankings in air quality study not cause for concern

An agency spokeswoman from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control said the USA Today study's data were not a complete representation of the air quality.

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