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Third Grade Teacher from O’Fallon Wins Prestigious Milken Award

Jessica Karll, a third grade teacher at Discovery Ridge Elementary School in O’Fallon, has been named the winner of a Milken Educator Award that includes an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. Wentzville R-IV district officials called a surprise assembly for the announcement today at Discovery Ridge. Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley of the Milken Educator Awards made the presentation. Dr.

Missouri Receives Extension for ESEA Waiver

Missouri has received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the U.S. Department of Education announced today. The extension runs through the 2014-15 school year.

“This is great news for Missouri and its school districts,” said Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. “It is important that states direct their own accountability systems setting ambitious goals and focusing on continuous improvement.”

Statement on Work Groups for HB 1490

The Department has convened the work groups as charged under the provisions of HB 1490.  We provided individual group facilitators and note takers to each group to assist in conducting the first meeting and allowing the work groups to convene.  The facilitators will not serve in future sessions unless requested to do so by the work group itself.  As of late Tuesday, 7 of the 8 groups have requested that the Department continue to provide this resource.  Arrangements have been made for the times, dates and locations suggested.  We will work to provide this assistance on additional or other d