Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Audio: Missouri education commissioner says closing schools was necessary but kids suffer serious consequences

State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven says closing schools was necessary in mid-March to help fight the coronavirus. But she says there are several “serious consequences” that can come from students not attending school in person.     A task force is working to develop tools to help schools identify gaps in student learning, both academically […]

School Funding

Missouri works to avoid K-12 funding decline from coronavirus inflicted attendance drop

Some health experts predict a spike in coronavirus cases this fall – putting Missouri K-12 public schools in a potential funding dilemma. Missouri’s foundation formula – the system used to determine how much state aid to give to schools – is based on a combination of components, including student attendance figures and academic achievement. During […]

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Missouri Board of Education discusses classes next fall, students dodging school work

A new state statute requires Missouri’s K-12 districts to start the school year no earlier than 14 calendar days prior to the first Monday in September unless the State Board of Education waives the requirement. Board members are discussing whether to waive the requirement and give districts the option of starting the school earlier this […]

Schools Closed COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Audio: Governor Mike Parson orders Missouri schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced on Thursday, April 9, 2020, that Missouri schools shall remain closed through this school year.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with several school superintendents from across the state made the recommendation to Governor Parson. During the briefing, Missouri K through 12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven encouraged school […]

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Missouri students recognized for outstanding volunteer service

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards bestowed top honors to two Missouri students for their exceptional acts of volunteerism in their local communities. Missouri’s 2020 youth volunteer awardees are: Abigail Mueller, Whitfield School, St. Louis Elizabeth Ravasini, Bernard C. Campbell Middle School, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District Mueller, a high school junior, created a self-image education and […]

Melissa Fike

Missouri math teacher presented national Milken Educator Award

Oakland Middle School eighth grade math teacher Melissa Fike was presented the national Milken Educator Award today by Milken Educator Awards Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Dr. Margie Vandeven. The recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize for winners. Only one teacher from each participating state […]

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National Assessment of Educational Progress releases Missouri’s scores on nationwide report card

Missouri’s 2019 scores in national math and reading assessments remained statistically steady in math at Grade 4 and Grade 8, as well as at Grade 8 reading, but fell in Grade 4 reading according to data released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The state was in line with national averages in all […]

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Missouri educators recognized by White House

Four Missouri teachers were among the 2017 and 2018 awardees honored by the White House for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Katherine Lodes (St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis), Shelley Paul (Anderson Elementary, McDonald Co. R-1), Terri Politte (Duello Elementary, Wentzville R-IV) and Stacey Wade (Frontier Middle, Wentzville R-IV) are […]

Blue Ribbon School

Eight Missouri schools earn recognition as Blue Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has recognized eight Missouri schools as 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools. The national award recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students (top 15 […]