During the first week of the school year, St. Louis Public Schools didn’t just deal with summer learning loss – it started classes without several of its students. “We have a 7-year-old who will not be starting school today,” said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s Mary Warnecke, who spoke with reporters on Tuesday. “We have a 10-year-old murdered not that long ago, in the city of St. Louis, who will not be starting school today. We have a 2-year-old murdered on Ferris not so long ago. We have a 3-year-old who was murdered on Michigan not so long ago.”
Gavin Schiffres pulls caffeinated hard candy wrappers out of the pocket of his dress slacks, admitting he’s only been sleeping a few hours a night. It’s been an exhausting first week tending to the new charter middle school he co-founded. Kairos Academies opened Monday in the top floor of a printing company along Jefferson Avenue on St. Louis’ south side. There have been a few hiccups to contend with: Student calendar apps weren’t working; the Wi-Fi completely crashed Thursday.
The chancellor is the chief academic, administrative, and budgetary officer of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Tom George has held the post for the past 16 years. He is retiring Sept. 1. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air , host Sarah Fenske talked with George about what he hopes to see in the university’s future. “We’d like to increase enrollment by about 1,000 students,” he said. To do so, he said the university will work to recruit students “a bit more out of the area of St. Louis, looking at pockets where the disciplines are hot.” He mentioned cybersecurity as one such discipline. George cited the university's improved financial footing as one of his biggest accomplishments, as well as new and improved buildings on campus. “We’ve done a lot of capital construction over the last several years, about $150 million worth,” he said, including “a new optometry patient care center, a new business administration building, a new science complex, a new wellness recreation center,
Mo Dehghani looked at Missouri University of Science and Technology (then known as the University of Missouri-Rolla) when he was picking a school for his undergraduate education. While he decided to go to Louisiana State University, Missouri S&T’s commitment to science and technology stayed in his mind. Now, he’s ended up in Rolla as the school’s chancellor. “When I got the call for the position, I was over the moon,” Dehghani said.
As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris clashed in the Democratic presidential debates over the issue of busing, viewers may have thought of these programs as being in the past. That’s not the case in St. Louis — the city has the longest-running and largest desegregation program in the nation. Now in its 38th year, the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation has bused more than 70,000 inner-city black students to predominantly white schools in the suburbs – and has also allowed white students living in the county to attend magnet schools in the city. It entails long bus rides as well as necessary but not always comfortable adjustment to new social circles.
Middle and high school students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have to shove books, binders and calculators into clear backpacks as part of an overhauled security plan district officials announced Wednesday. And all of Ferguson-Florissant’s 10,600 students will see more police and security officers when they arrive for the first day of school Thursday.
The lines of students snaking through the hall of the Affton preschool were squiggly. It will take some practice, just like how to use the bathroom and wash hands before returning to play time. Everything was new for the 200 students Tuesday morning for their first day at the Early Childhood Center in Affton.
In a single phone call on an afternoon in June, Superintendent Kent Sherrow learned that his Iron County C-4 School District would lose nearly a quarter of its budget. Doe Run Mining Company had contested its property tax assessment, lopping off more than $1 million from the Ozark school district’s revenue. “It’s not the same district it was a year ago,” Sherrow said. “Right now, our whole district is in a situation where we’ve got to catch our breath and get our feet back under us.”
Dianne Gordon, a mom who lives in Champaign, knew something was wrong with her daughter Rory the minute she stepped off the school bus one afternoon in April.
Missouri schools will start much closer to Labor Day beginning in 2020, creating a dilemma for many working parents: What to do with the kids? Some have already begun asking summer camps whether they’ll stretch their season longer next summer. Yet camp organizers warn they may struggle to keep costs down for families while providing enough counselors to lead activities for two extra weeks.
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 28, 2012 - The University of Missouri Press will still be transferred to the Columbia campus from the four-campus system, but it will no longer be using students as outlined in a model that the school announced earlier this year. Richard Wallace, the former chancellor at Columbia named to a transition team that will manage the switch, acknowledged after the change was announced Tuesday that the earlier moves announced by system President Tim Wolfe were not handled in a way that served the university well.
Students in St. Louis are heading back to school in August, and for many, that could mean free school supplies. The Monsanto Family YMCA at 5555 Page Blvd. will co-host the fifth annual Back-to-School Jam from 10 a.m.-2 p.m Saturday. The event, sponsored by several organizations, will give students books, backpacks and other school essentials. “We want to make sure that every child in our community has the opportunity of success and making sure that they’re off to a good start when they come back to school,” said Marcus Wilson, executive director of the Monsanto Family YMCA.
Paying for day care is one of the largest expenses per month for families. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the average cost of infant child care in Missouri is about $800 a month.
Every Missouri public school should employ armed protection to keep children safe from active shooters. That is the main takeaway from a report released Wednesday by a task force formed by Gov. Mike Parson in March to improve school safety. A federal panel spent much of 2018 conducting a similar review of school safety measures and released its report in December.
About 6,000 nutrition professionals gathered at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. They came from all over the country to sample ramen noodle, Parmesan-crusted Alaskan pollock nuggets and low-sodium seasonings that can be used on a variety of meats. But these foods won’t be served to adults. They’ll be consumed by kids in many of the country’s school cafeterias.
This week nearly 6,000 school nutrition professionals from across the country gathered in St. Louis to participate in a three-day conference that focuses on innovation in foods, beverages and tools for school cafeterias. As part of the School Nutrition Association’s 73rd Annual National Conference , attendees will preview new kitchen equipment, menu planning, nutrition education resources and more to help serve creative nutritious lunch options for students, such as Korean barbecue tacos and yogurt dips. Long gone are the days of settling for a questionable spicy chicken sandwich paired with a carton of chocolate milk? On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air , guest host Jim Kirchherr of the Nine Network talked about the latest trends in school lunches and more with St. Louis Public Radio reporter Chad Davis.
Almost three dozen schools in the St. Louis area will track their students’ social-emotional health from the start of the upcoming school year to the end. Social-emotional learning, shorthanded to SEL in school parlance, is having the ability to manage emotions, social anxiety and stress in the classroom space. Educators are increasingly putting emphasis on their students’ mental, emotional and social health as a link to how well they’ll perform in school.
A federal civil rights office has opened an investigation into whether Webster University mishandled complaints of sexual harassment. The investigation, confirmed by a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Education, comes less than a month after students mounted a public campaign against the university's Title IX office in May . Students said the school failed to address complaints that game design professor Joshua Yates had sexually harassed a student. At least two students at the university’s campus in Webster Groves have filed complaints against Yates through the school’s Title IX office, which enforces federal anti-discrimination laws. In June, the university announced that an independent audit found multiple problems with its Title IX office and processes, and pledged to remedy them. The university also selected a new, interim coordinator for the office. (Officials would not discuss the circumstances of the previous coordinator’s replacement.) The Department of Education’s
Nora Pryor imagines squeaking sneakers on hardwood floors when she thinks of gym class. But her physical education is currently punctuated by chirping cardinals. Nora, 15, laps Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis several times a week, mixing speed walking and jogging on a hot summer morning to get her heart rate up, and occasionally glancing down at her Garmin fitness tracker.
After a year of Fight for $15 protests, Washington University’s chancellor announced on Tuesdaythat he will raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 for regular employees and basic service contractors by July 1, 2021. The decision affects about 1,200 regular and contracted workers, according to the Service Employees International Union Local 1.