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Monday, December 31, 2018 - 2:35pm

Living in San Francisco and working for Teach for America, Eric Scroggins saw big changes unfolding in several cities’ school systems.

But when the Roxana High School graduate returned here to visit, he didn’t see anything comparable to efforts under way in places such as Indianapolis, Denver and Washington to vastly improve education.

“I would come home to St. Louis and see us not making real progress,” he said.

Monday, December 31, 2018 - 2:35pm

Lindsay Williams, a first-grade teacher at Lee-Hamilton Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, says there is no way she’d be able to sit still in a 9-to-5 office job. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t expect her kids to sit still, either. She keeps them moving and stretching about every 10 minutes, even if they’re doing a quiet activity such as looking at books — not to mention the days they’re milking cows or making soap or learning how plants grow during field trips. “I have so much fun at my job,” she says. “I literally dance and sing and laugh every day.”

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 11:01am

ST. LOUIS • Everlene Falconer wasn’t sure she wanted to go after a degree when she first registered for college at age 60. She just knew she wanted to help her 12-year-old grandson, Donovan.

Donovan was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Falconer, now 64, said Donovan is high functioning and does a lot of things she finds amazing.

“He makes his own videos, and he’s the voice for all the characters,” Falconer said. “He’s written a 35-page book with illustrations. He built a bus out of Lego blocks.”

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 11:01am

Vatterott Educational Centers announced the immediate closure of all its campuses Monday, citing financial difficulties.

In a letter sent to students, the for-profit college based in Berkeley pointed to a U.S. Department of Education decision to limit Vatterott’s participation in federal financial aid programs.

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 11:01am

While one doesn't usually describe bigger cities such as St. Louis as "college towns," one list thinks the moniker fits just fine.

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 9:22am

The waiting list at Big Brothers Big Sisters never shrinks.

“People always ask, ‘Why isn’t the wait list going down?’” said Becky Hatter, president and CEO of the mentorship program’s regional chapter. “It’s because the children just keep coming.”

Meanwhile, mentors to pair with those kids come along at a much slower pace.

That scarcity is highlighted by a quick glance at the wait list for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. The local arm of the national organization has about 1,000 children waiting for a match — 800 of whom are boys.

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 9:22am

Parents in the Lindbergh School District no longer will have to pay $3,500 to send their child to a full day of kindergarten — beginning Jan. 7, it will be free, the district said Wednesday.

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 9:22am

Former U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond is back in the news, handing out the first batch of <a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2018/12/06/bond-international-scholars/"">https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2018/12/06/bond-international-scholars/" target="_blank">Bond International Scholars</a> grants — including five to students at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:31pm

Sure, they're showboating, but they'd just landed a spaceship.

A Chesterfield native had a big hand in the recent U.S. mission to Mars — and in the celebratory handshake that followed.

Brooke Harper, 29, stars in a video posted Monday by NASA on social media. It now has more than 3 million viewings.

The clip shows Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers celebrating after they landed the Mars InSight probe on the planet to begin a two-year scientific study.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:31pm

Like many high school students, Sharita Davis-Campbell’s most dreaded subject was algebra. Biology, American history, English? Those were no problem. But the mathematical equations proved tortuous.

“I would write notes and take pictures with my phone to study for tests. I was pushing day in and day out,” said Davis-Campbell, who lives downtown. “I’d get up the next day and start over again.”