Medicaid

Audio: Medicaid expansion, COVID and early childhood highlight Missouri State of the State Address

Missouri’s governor is pledging to move forward with Medicaid expansion because voters approved it in August. GOP Governor Mike Parson, who campaigned against Medicaid expansion, emphasized the issue during his State of the State Address.     Medicaid is a federal and state program that assists with medical costs for residents with limited incomes. 53 […]

Immigrants waving US Flags

Biden immigration overhaul would open a door to citizenship for 11 million people

(Missouri Independent) – President Joe Biden is poised to send a sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress Thursday that would lay out a path for nearly 11 million undocumented people to obtain citizenship within eight years. Immigration has been one of the toughest issues for Congress to tackle, and the legislation’s fate is unclear in […]

Pleasant View R-6 School

Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education approves 2021-2022 school calendar; hears enrollment update

The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 school calendar on Tuesday evening, January 12th. The first day of school will be August 25th, and the last day is scheduled for May 13th, 2022. BlueBird Networks was approved for the school’s internet service. Pleasant View will enter into a five-year contract for $510 […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education approves COVID-19 leave policy; teachers and admin now considered “essential”

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education at the latest meeting on Tuesday, January 12th approved two motions regarding COVID-19 leave. Another motion did not pass. On a vote of four to three, the board voted to consider teachers and administration essential. Voting yes were Vice President Brandon Gibler and board members David Whitaker, Corey Leeper, and […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Agenda for next Trenton Board of Education meeting include discussion of COVID leave hours resolution

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education will discuss a COVID leave hours resolution next week. The meeting will be held with the school board and administration in the district office Tuesday evening, January 12th at 5:30. Teachers and patrons can watch the meeting via Google Meet. Other items on the agenda include election filing dates, […]

Rob Vescovo

Audio: New Missouri House Speaker focusing on education, foster care and adoption

The Missouri House on Wednesday elected the first Speaker in state history from eastern Missouri’s Arnold. House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, was elected Speaker on his 44th birthday, with his wife Amanda and their five children in the chamber in Jefferson City. Education was a primary theme during Vescovo’s address to the House. He says he was […]

Early Childhood Development Students Jessica Hoyt, Kelsey Cordray, and Morgan Kornbrust

Early Childhood Development Program donates to FosterAdopt Connect of Northwest Missouri

North Central Missouri College’s Early Childhood Development program partners with regional non-profit organizations whose missions are to support, protect, and serve children and families in our area. This year, the money collected through program t-shirt sales was used to provide Christmas presents for three children in foster care through the FosterAdopt Connect of Northwest Missouri.  […]

Child Porn Charges

Former DeSales University priest indicted on three counts of child pornography offenses

A former DeSales University priest was charged by indictment with three counts of child pornography offenses. William McCandless, 56, of Wilmington, Delaware, was charged with possessing child pornography for importation into the United States, transporting child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce, and attempting to access with intent to view child pornography. During his initial […]

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

(Missouri Independent) – 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 […]

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announces new office of early learning

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced during the regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting the creation of an Office of Early Learning. This change is part of DESE’s ongoing focus on early learning and early literacy, one of the department’s four priority areas in the Show-Me Success strategic plan. Earlier this year, DESE […]

Darrion Cockrell Missouri Teacher of the Year

Audio: Missouri’s Teacher of the Year talks about surviving troubled childhood and turning around his life

Missouri’s Teacher of the Year is a PE teacher at Crestwood Elementary in St. Louis. Darrion Cockrell says he hopes his story of surviving a troubled childhood, getting adopted at 14 years old, and getting a college education will inspire his students. Cockrell, known as “Mr. DC”, says PE was his happy place growing up […]