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January 15, 2015

Missouri Bill Would Ban Spanking in Public Schools

The state currently allows spankings, and requires each district to set its own policy governing the way they're used in schools. A similar bill, which would also have applied to private schools, failed last year.

January 02, 2015

Inexperienced Teachers More Common in Missouri's Rural Schools, Report Says

More than 15 percent of teachers in the state's rural schools are in their first year of teaching, compared to about 7 percent in more urban, wealthy schools.

December 18, 2014

Ferguson School Board Elections Unfair to Black Candidates, Lawsuit Alleges

A federal lawsuit filed today by the ACLU alleges that school board elections in Ferguson keep blacks "all but locked out of the political process."

December 17, 2014

Staying Close to Home, Missouri Picks Deputy Commissioner as New K-12 Chief

The Missouri State Board of Education has selected Margaret Vandeven to be its next state education chief, replacing Chris Nicastro.

December 15, 2014

Education Week's Leaders To Learn From Honors Stellar District Leaders

The special issue highlights school district leaders that are engaging in innovative approaches to improve their schools.

December 01, 2014

Missouri Must Stop Payments for Common-Core Test, Judge Orders

Cole County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Green issued the order on Nov. 25 as part of a court case brought by a group of Missourians who are challenging the state's membership in Smarter Balanced.

November 11, 2014

Home Schoolers on Public School Sports Teams: Mo. Lawmaker Revives Debate

A bill that would allow home-schooled students to play on public school sports teams is likely to re-emerge in the Missouri legislature. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania lawmakers pass a bill ending district-level oversight of home schoolers.

September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Targets Common-Core Tests as 'Illegal Interstate Compact'

A Missouri lawsuit claims that the state's funding of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium illegally cedes state sovereignty over its K-12 policy.

September 16, 2014

Missouri Education Chief to Resign; W. Va. Gets New State Superintendent

Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro says she will resign at the end of the calendar year; meanwhile, Michael Martirano is sworn in as West Virginia's state schools superintendent.

September 11, 2014

Armed School Employees: Missouri Legislature Overrides Veto on Gun Bill

Under the bill, school boards can meet in closed session to designate employees as school protection officers, authorized to "carry a concealed firearm or self-defense spray device."

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