The State Board of Education today heard an update on efforts to ensure that all students in Missouri public schools have access to excellent teachers in every subject. Missouri has developed strategies to address teacher workforce quality and diversity, recruitment and retention, and training and support to increase the number of teachers and leaders in challenging geographic or subject areas.
Two Missouri high school students were selected as members of the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education John King.
The Department has chosen Dr. Roger Dorson as deputy commissioner of the Division of Financial and Administrative Services. Dr. Dorson has worked for the Department for nine years, and will step into his new role on July 1. He will assume the duties of Dr. Ronald Lankford, who is retiring.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a public hearing Thursday, May 5. District officials will discuss their efforts to return the Riverview Gardens School District to accredited status. Community members will have an opportunity to offer feedback.
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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a public hearing Thursday, April 28 to discuss improvement efforts and gather community feedback regarding the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC).
The hearing is open to the public and will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Normandy High School’s Viking Hall, 6701 St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis. The hearing will begin immediately after a meeting of the NSC’s Joint Executive Governing Board.
Today the State Board of Education heard proposed criteria that would indicate when a school district under the governance of an appointed or Special Administrative Board is ready to return to an elected board. The Board directed Department staff at its February meeting to develop these conditions.
The State Board today approved new Missouri Learning Standards. Schools will begin to implement the standards during the 2016-17 school year.
“These standards represent thousands of hours of work, the majority of it done by volunteers,” said State Board President Charlie Shields. “These are true Missouri standards, developed by Missourians, and we should be proud.”