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Proportionate Share Funds

This webinar will provide information regarding the process involved with proportionate share funding. Specifically, the webinar will cover the calculation of proportionate share, how the proportionate share amount should be budgeted and tracked, and the steps that must be taken if the LEA is able to release unspent proportionate share carryover funds. LEAs with private/parochial schools located in the LEA’s boundaries as well as LEAs with home schooled students should attend the webinar.

Missouri Welcomes New Member to the State Board of Education

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed John T. “Tim” Sumners of Joplin to the eight-member State Board of Education.

Dr. Sumners has worked as a church pastor and chaplain and is currently the chaplain for the Joplin Police and Fire Departments, as well as the Webb City Fire Department and the Redings Mill Fire District. He also served as an adjunct professor at Southwest Baptist University’s campus in Joplin.

Seal of Biliteracy Available for Missouri Students

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is introducing the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (Missouri Seal) Program. The Missouri Seal is awarded by local school districts to graduating students who have proven a specific level of proficiency in English and any other world language, including sign languages. The graduating class of 2018 is the first class to be eligible for the program.

American Government Teacher from Imperial Wins Prestigious Milken Award

The students in Jordan McGaughey’s 10th grade American Government class learn to explore all sides of an issue and connect historical events with today’s political climate. McGaughey serves the Fox C-6 School District by helping to develop curriculum, offering professional development, mentoring student teachers and acting as an instructional coach. Those are among the reasons that McGaughey has been named a winner of the Milken Educator Awards.

Eight Missouri Schools Awarded Blue Ribbon Status

The U.S. Department of Education has honored eight Missouri schools as 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools. The national award recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels (top 15 percent in the state based on assessment scores and graduation rates) or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students (top 15 percent in progress toward reducing the achievement gap).

These are the 2017 Missouri Blue Ribbon Schools:

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