Education

The Missouri House floor for the 2019 State of the State address.

Missouri lawmakers return to tackle Medicaid, education, budget amid COVID

BY: - January 5, 2021

With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, Missouri lawmakers convene at noon on Wednesday to begin the 101st General Assembly. It is certain to be a session like no other.  Questions surrounding the state budget, funding for roads and bridges, education, local control and a myriad of other issues are on the agenda. But […]

Missouri teachers want state standardized tests suspended for 2020-21 school year, survey finds

BY: - January 5, 2021

Missouri’s teachers believe state standardized tests shouldn’t be conducted for the 2020-21 school year as they report higher stress levels, with some having considered leaving the profession altogether, a recent survey of Missouri State Teachers Association members found. The Missouri State Teachers Association, which represents over 47,000 educators throughout the state, surveyed teachers in early […]

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos heads for the exits, leaving a legacy of turmoil

BY: - December 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — In four years in office, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos failed to broaden her appeal beyond the moment she won a wild Senate confirmation fight by the closest of margins. She didn’t even try. Instead, the billionaire Michigan native and Republican megadonor championed private and charter schools, often trying to funnel federal funding […]

Missouri students will take standardized tests. Results won’t factor into accountability measures

BY: - December 8, 2020

State standardized tests will still be administered for the 2020-21 school year, but their results will not be factored into state and federal accountability systems, following a vote of the Missouri State Board of Education on Tuesday. While test results won’t be incorporated into accountability measures, such as school district accreditation, board members spoke of […]

COVID-19 cases double in Missouri in November

BY: - November 30, 2020

At the beginning of November, more than twice as many Missouri school districts were conducting all classes in-person as were providing education remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Because the in-person districts were generally smaller than those in virtual education, the number of students learning online was about 50 percent higher than the number in […]

To prevent abuse at religious schools, Missouri lawmakers recommend new regulations

BY: - November 19, 2020

In order to improve safety and understand the scope of unlicensed youth residential facilities throughout Missouri, lawmakers are recommending every facility be registered, background checks be required and that three substantiated reports of abuse and neglect result in children being removed. Registration with the state would include a requirement that facilities conduct background checks on […]

University of Missouri moving online after Thanksgiving due to COVID spread

BY: - November 12, 2020

In an effort to reduce student population in the Columbia region during a surge of COVID-19 cases, the University of Missouri announced Thursday that classes would be moved online after Thanksgiving break. “While our experts say that MU students have not presented a direct burden to the local hospitals because they have not needed hospitalization, […]

Missouri relaxes rules on when students must quarantine after COVID exposure

BY: - November 12, 2020

Students and teachers in Missouri school districts may no longer have to quarantine from the classroom for a full 14 days if they have come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case, under new guidance released by the state on Thursday. If both the close contact and individual who tested positive were wearing masks “appropriately […]

Rep. Sheila Solon

Kids reported abuse at schools where Missouri has no oversight. Lawmakers want to change that

BY: - November 10, 2020

Despite dozens of students coming forward sharing allegations of abuse they suffered at Christian reform schools across Missouri, the state Department of Social Services said Monday that they have no oversight over such facilities. That’s because they’re unlicensed — and allowed to be under a Missouri law that exempts facilities operated by religious organizations. And […]

‘Won’t be able to survive’: Childcare centers serving low-income Missourians face closure

BY: - November 6, 2020

Cortaiga Collins doesn’t know how much longer her childcare center will survive. Only about a dozen children have been attending regularly amid the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, she used to serve as many as 100.  She’s already had to reduce the hours that Good Shepherd Preschool and Infant/Toddler Center in St. Louis can be open, […]

Initial shipment of thousands of antigen COVID tests sent to Missouri schools

BY: - October 27, 2020

Thousands of antigen tests to detect the novel coronavirus have been shipped to school districts across the state in an effort to help bolster testing capacity, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this week. Nearly 330 public and private school districts requested nearly 583,000 tests through the state’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program. […]

High COVID case counts sending some Missouri students into virtual classrooms

BY: - October 23, 2020

Missouri continued its string of days reporting 1,000 or more new coronavirus infections on Friday, adding 1,811 new infections amid growing difficulties for school districts trying to maintain in-class instruction. While one of the state’s largest districts, Columbia Public Schools, opened doors for elementary students for the first time on Monday, the small Maries County […]