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Missouri Schools Improve High-Speed Internet Access Through Connect & Learn Initiative

Students across Missouri are benefiting from new, high-speed internet connections in their classrooms, opening doors to virtual learning, providing for worldwide academic collaboration and enhancing research capabilities. Missouri districts and charter schools are completing projects to enable high-speed internet connectivity, and the first reimbursement has been made through the Missouri Connect & Learn Initiative.

Riverview Gardens Special Administrative Board Gets Extension

The State Board of Education today authorized the extension of the Special Administrative Board (SAB) for the Riverview Gardens School District through June 30, 2022. The State Board also appointed Mary Oswald to join the SAB upon the retirement of Dr. Mark Tranel, who is one of the original members.

Ms. Oswald will join Dr. Lynn Beckwith Jr. and Ms. Veronica Morrow-Reel on the SAB. She is a retired teacher and former member of the elected Riverview Gardens school board. Oswald is a district resident and is active in her community of Bellefontaine Neighbors.

Two Missouri Students Recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars

Missouri high school students Sujay Murali (Marquette High School; Rockwood R-VI) and Kimberley Tran (Clayton High School; Clayton) will join the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Tuesday morning that a total of 161 seniors from across the country were recognized for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

FFA Students to be Honored at State Convention April 25-26

Missouri FFA is 25,375 members strong – the sixth highest state membership in the nation. Students will receive recognition for outstanding achievements in agriculture education at the 91st annual Missouri FFA Convention April 25-26. From food production to agriculture sales to livestock evaluation and more, FFA students receive comprehensive agriculture education and have the chance to be honored for their accomplishments. More than 8,000 FFA members, advisors and guests from across the state will gather for the convention at the University of Missouri’s Hearnes Center.

State Board Returns Governance of St. Louis Public Schools to Elected Board

The State Board of Education today accepted a recommendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to dissolve the Transitional School District of St. Louis, effective July 1. The board noted that the Transitional School District has met the goals for which it was established. The vote means that governance of St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) will return to the elected board. The district has operated under the leadership of a Special Administrative Board (SAB) since 2007.

Missouri Students Demonstrate Their Skills in State Showcase of Career and Technical Education

More than 2,300 career and technical education students from high schools and colleges across the state will compete at SkillsUSA Missouri’s State Leadership and Skills Conference April 4-6 at State Technical College of Missouri in Linn. The students will be participating in more than 150 contests.