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State Board Work Session on Unaccredited Districts

The State Board of Education will hold a special work session at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10. The purpose of this meeting is to secure Board policy guidance for the Department’s development of a statewide plan for supporting and, if necessary, intervening in unaccredited districts.

Several plans have been submitted for consideration, and the Department has held four public hearings in Kansas City, St. Louis, Sikeston and Springfield.

State Board Upholds UMKC Sponsorship Withdrawal

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to uphold a decision by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to withdraw sponsorship from charter school Hope Academy.

UMKC notified the Hope Academy Board on Dec. 2, 2013, of its decision to withdraw sponsorship at the end of the current school year. The decision was based on a review of Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results over the last four years. Members of the State Board of Education questioned how they could authorize continued operation of a charter not recommended by its sponsor.

Students from B.W. Sheperd Involved in Bus Accident

A bus carrying six students to B.W. Sheperd State School in Kansas City was involved in an auto accident Thursday morning. No one was injured.

The two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of 18th and Benton. Reports indicate the driver of the other vehicle may have run a stop sign and sideswiped the bus. Students remained on the bus following the accident before being transferred to another bus to continue on to school.

St. Louis to Host Public Hearing Tonight on State Support and Intervention Plan

State education officials will hold a public hearing regarding the Department’s State Support and Intervention Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in St. Louis.

The hearing will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at the University of Missouri St. Louis, JC Penney Auditorium, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis. It will be an opportunity to gather feedback regarding the Department’s draft plan for classification, support and intervention in unaccredited school districts.

Public Hearings Set for Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan

Five public hearings regarding changes to the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) state plan have been scheduled in March throughout the state. The hearings will be conducted by MVR to gather feedback on the goals and priorities for the upcoming revised plan.

Public Hearing Schedule


March 12

1-3 p.m.

Jefferson City

Vocational Rehabilitation Central Office

3024 Dupont Circle
Main Conference Room

State Board Approves Emergency Action for Normandy School District

The State Board of Education on Tuesday approved a recommendation from the Department to impose financial oversight over the Normandy School District effective immediately. All expenditures, contracts, financial obligations and any other action with fiscal implications must be approved by the Department beginning immediately and through the remainder of the year. This oversight will ensure that any and all monies appropriated through the legislature are monitored and expended judiciously, and that any and all measures necessary to ensure the completion of the year are taken.