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Audio: Missouri Education Commissioner says the stress teachers are dealing with is “almost impossible to describe”

Missouri’s teachers are navigating their way through a new school year during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. At this week’s Missouri Board of Education meeting, K-12 Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven recognized teachers for the added stress they are dealing with.     The state has also battled an ongoing shortage of teachers. In the previous school […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Gallatin R-5 Superintendent reports no one exposed to teacher who tested positive for COVID-19

Gallatin R-5 Superintendent Doctor Bryan Copple reports no one in the district was exposed to an elementary school teacher who tested positive for COVID-19. Copple said the teacher recently told an administrator a family member had possibly contracted the virus, and the administrator told her to quarantine for the rest of the week. The teacher […]

Schools Reopening

Governor Parson meets with Missouri school leaders to discuss reopening plans

Missouri school officials have been putting a lot of effort into developing reopening plans designed to help protect staff, students, and their families during the COVID-19 era. Gov. Mike Parson is traveling around the state this week to hear from teachers and administrators about their back-to-school plans. He has made stops in Jefferson City, Neosho, […]

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Schuyler County teacher named finalist in Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

An agriculture teacher at Schuyler R-1 Schools in Queen City is one of 50 teachers and teacher teams from the United States named as finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Coley Hanes, the other teachers, and their trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million […]

Child Sex Crimes

Former Missouri middle school teacher pleads guilty to enticing a minor for sex

A former Joplin, Missouri, middle school teacher has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to enticing one of her students to engage in illicit sex. Amanda Ruth Schweitzer, 41, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Tuesday, June 16, to enticing a minor for illegal sexual activity.  Schweitzer was a […]

Gilman City School

Gilman City Board of Education announces hiring of certified staff

Personnel actions taken by the Gilman City Board of Education were announced by school officials. Following an executive session, the Gilman City School Board hired Angela Wagner as a pre-school teacher; Hailey Francis will be a 6th-grade teacher and Joslyn Newton will work as an aide in special education. The board hired all current non-certified staff. […]

Sexual Orientation and Gender

Missouri Bill to notify parents if class material, guest speakers in school mention sexual orientation or gender identity

State law could be changed to require that Missouri public school districts tell parents if class material, guest speakers, or displays in school mention sexual orientation or gender identity. The Missouri House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee is debating State Representative Chuck Basye’s bill that would let parents have their kids removed from class if […]

Child Molestation

Former Winston teacher accused of child molestation bound over to Division One

A former Winston High School teacher and coach had felony charges bound over to Division One of Daviess County Circuit Court this week. Alfred Brian Sprouse of Gallatin has been charged with four counts of fourth-degree child molestation—child less than 17 years of age and offender greater than four years older and one count each […]