The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce that 32 local education agencies (LEAs) were selected through a competitive sub-grant application process to receive services through the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program to improve literacy efforts at the local level. Elementary services will be provided to 40 individual schools within the participating LEAs; another 40 schools will receive secondary services.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
State officials began shipping thousands of antigen test kits to public and private schools across the state today. Nearly 330 districts/schools applied to participate in Missouri’s BinaxNOW Antigen Testing Program for K-12 Institutions, requesting a total of nearly 583,000 test kits for use among symptomatic students and school personnel. These minimally invasive nasal swab tests must be administered by a health professional (e.g. a school nurse), and yield results in just 15 minutes.
The Governor’s Office recently announced a new allocation from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to support Missourians wishing to serve or who recently began serving as substitute teachers in Missouri schools. Additionally, the Missouri State Board of Education recently approved an alternative route for individuals to obtain a certificate to serve as a substitute teacher to help address the shortage of substitute teachers throughout the state.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today during the regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting the creation of an Office of Early Learning. This change is part of DESE’s ongoing focus on early learning and early literacy, one of the department’s four priority areas in the Show-Me Success strategic plan.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced seven Missouri Gold Star Schools for 2020. The program, which aligns with the national Blue Ribbon Schools program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools for outstanding academic achievement or schools that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
Missouri’s Gold Star Schools for 2020 include:
Due process hearing decisions are only binding on the actual parties involved in that particular case regarding a specific student. These decisions are not binding in any other situation as they are not like court cases. Additionally, a due process hearing decision is subject to appeals in court and thus may be either upheld or overturned in a later court case.