The State Board of Education met in a special work session Monday to discuss the ideas submitted during the past several months to address the needs of children in unaccredited districts. Staff members from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guided the discussion, which focused on the major areas of governance and policy.
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.
A new report from the College Board shows that more than twice as many Missouri students took Advanced Placement (AP®) exams in 2013 than in 2003. The number of low-income students taking the exams increased tenfold, jumping from 129 in 2003 to 1,575 in 2013.
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.
The Department presented the first draft of the Annual Performance Report for Educator Preparation Programs (APR-EPP) to the State Board of Education on Tuesday.
The report is part of the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE), which features higher standards for Missouri’s educator preparation programs.
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.
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
Vocational Rehabilitation Central Office
3024 Dupont Circle
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.