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Public Hearings Scheduled for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Six public hearings on vocational rehabilitation services have been scheduled throughout the state in March. The hearings will be conducted by Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) to gain feedback on ways to improve services for individuals with disabilities. Officials will gather input regarding MVR’s goals and priorities found in the current state plan.

Potential topics discussed will include:

Missouri Doubles Number of Students Scoring Qualified or Better on AP Exams

Missouri students have increased their scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams over the past decade, according to the latest data. AP classes offer several advantages for students, including portability of scores to a variety of colleges and universities in Missouri and across the country. Students who score 3 or higher have been shown to earn higher grade point averages in college, and they are more likely to graduate from college in four years. A score of 3 indicates a student is qualified in a subject, 4 is well qualified, and 5 is extremely well qualified.

Missouri Schools Acknowledged for Professional Learning Opportunities

Sixteen schools from across the state of Missouri will be honored during the 2017 Powerful Learning Conference Jan. 30-31 in Osage Beach for their commitment to professional learning.

The schools have been named Professional Learning Communities Exemplary Schools for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement.

The 2016-17 award winners are:

State Board Grants Provisionally Accredited Status to Riverview Gardens School District

At its meeting today, the State Board of Education reclassified Riverview Gardens School District as provisionally accredited, following a Department presentation outlining the district’s improvements over the past few years. The classification will be effective January 4, 2017, which is the first day of the second semester of the Riverview Gardens school year.

Eight Missouri Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

Eight public schools in Missouri have been honored as 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The national award honors schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.

These are Missouri's Blue Ribbon Schools:

Adrian Elementary, Adrian R-III School District

Chapel Hill Elementary, North Kansas City 74 School District

Missouri Schools Receive Grant to Expand School Breakfast Programs

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received a grant totaling more than $190,000 on Thursday to help fund the expansion of school breakfast programs throughout the state. The state secured these funds as part of the 2016 Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Grant program in recognition of the state’s efforts to ensure all students have access to more nutritious foods.

Career and Technical Education Advisory Council Approaches Transition

The State Board of Education heard an update on an upcoming transition from a current interim advisory committee to an appointed advisory council on career and technical education on Tuesday. Members of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) staff and Dr. Don Claycomb, former president of State Technical College of Missouri, presented the upcoming changes.