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Department to Convene Work Group Sessions Regarding Charter School Law

The Department will convene a series of work group sessions beginning later this month to study existing charter school laws and to make recommendations for legislative consideration.

“It is our goal to make sure charter school law is clear and that the law provides an effective means for sponsors to operate in Missouri,” said Dennis Cooper, assistant commissioner in the office of Quality Schools. “We also want to ensure schools are being held to the highest standards so all students receive a high quality education.”

State Board Approves Request for Full Accreditation in Swedeborg R-III

The State Board of Education has approved a district request to grant full accreditation to Swedeborg R-III schools based on performance in the district’s three most recent Annual Performance Reports (APR).

“Swedeborg has made significant progress since its 2011 APR,” said Dennis Cooper, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools. “The Department is happy to make the recommendation for full accreditation based on the district’s hard work and demonstrated performance.”

State Board President Statement on Dr. Nicastro's Retirement

A little more than five years ago, a small group of men and women sat together interviewing the final candidates for the position of Missouri Commissioner of Education. We had agreed among ourselves that we had to find the new leader for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We wanted a new leader committed to significant positive change – change measured in far better education results for Missouri's 1,000,000 students. The status quo was not acceptable.

Work Groups to Begin Reviewing Missouri Education Standards

To fulfill the requirements of HB 1490, work groups are reviewing learning standards for Missouri students. The groups will meet September 22-23, October 2-3 and October 20-21 in Jefferson City.

Members of the groups were nominated by the governor, lieutenant governor, lawmakers, the Department of Higher Education and educator associations. The members include active classroom teachers and parents of school-age children, and they represent each geographic region of Missouri.