Donald Kauerauf

Missouri’s new health director says ‘masks work’ as COVID cases rise, school in session

BY: - September 16, 2021

As the fight over mask mandates in schools continues, and the state’s attorney general wages lawsuits to block them, Missouri’s new health director had a clear message on Thursday: masks work. “I rely (on) the experts at the CDC on that. Everything I’ve read, everything I’ve seen: masks work,” Donald Kauerauf, the director of the […]

Bubble Sheet Test with Pencil

Amid the pandemic, Missouri standardized test scores declined across grades, subjects

BY: - September 14, 2021

Preliminary results from Missouri statewide assessment tests administered last spring amid the pandemic show scores declined across nearly all grade levels and subjects tested, with the greatest drop in mathematics. The 2020-21 school year results, which were released Tuesday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, show that fewer than half of Missouri students […]

Missouri schools with lower state funding suffered higher rates of gun violence

BY: - September 14, 2021

Christian Rich has seen more death and violence at age 15 than many experience in a lifetime. His best friend, cousin, and a number of classmates have all been killed with guns. At school, his grief comes out in different ways: fights, arguments with teachers, sometimes walking out of class altogether. He was only in the classroom […]

University of Missouri curators vote to continue rule for masks in classrooms

BY: - September 13, 2021

The University of Missouri will continue to require masks in classrooms as part of its COVID-19 policy but visitors to campuses for indoor social and athletic events will not have to cover their faces. By a 5-4 vote Monday afternoon, the Board of Curators extended the current policy through Oct. 15. The vote came after […]

The Danieley siblings on their first day back to school

Missouri schools must prioritize in-person class. In first weeks, thousands quarantined

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Teddy Danieley was devastated.  Three weeks ago tears streamed down the five-year-old’s face when he learned he couldn’t attend the first-day of school in St. Louis because his dad had tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, he and his two older sisters — 10-year-old Lucy and 9-year-old Ruby — spent what would have been their first day […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee on Friday finished a marathon markup of legislation that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of […]

Study: Saint Louis University face mask policy reduced quarantines, COVID cases

BY: - September 9, 2021

Tying quarantine requirements to the Saint Louis University face mask requirement successfully reduced the number of students sent to isolation and helped cut COVID-19 infections this spring, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Under the university’s rules, students without masks who had close contact with an infected […]

COVID pushed many Black families in Missouri to homeschool. Now they’re sticking with it

BY: - September 7, 2021

Every homeschool family kicks off their school year a little differently. For the Browns, they decided to start with an adventure.   Cal and Mike Brown loaded up their five school-age children last week and drove to Grafton, Ill., to explore the historic river community founded in 1832.  Then they explored New Town, a recently-built community […]

An empty pre-school classroom with wooden desks.

Missouri launches Office of Childhood to expand services for children and families

BY: - September 3, 2021

Missouri’s new Office of Childhood officially launched Monday with a mission to transform the landscape of early childhood in the state for years to come. The office’s ultimate goal: to expand the services the state offers for children and families and make it easier for them to be accessed in order to support the best […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

What Missouri learned the hard way about rapid COVID testing in schools

BY: - August 26, 2021

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News. Early in the tumultuous 2020-21 school year, Missouri officials made a big gamble: set aside roughly 1 million rapid COVID tests for the state’s K-12 schools in hopes of quickly identifying sick students or staff members. The Trump administration had spent $760 million to procure 150 […]

Two yellow school buses are show in bright sunshine outside a two-story brick school building in Columbia, Missouri.

Schools to continue mask rules despite legal challenge from Missouri Attorney General

BY: - August 26, 2021

The schools in Gov. Mike Parson’s hometown will continue to require students, teachers and staff to wear masks indoors despite a lawsuit filed by the Missouri attorney general challenging public school mask mandates across the state. The Bolivar R-1 Board of Education in Polk County voted in a special meeting this month to require masks as […]