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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:22pm

Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right?

Usually, but not always. In some cases, there are significant strings attached -- including situations in which scholarships are treated as taxable income. While unusual, it’s important for students, their families and scholarship providers to understand all the implications.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:22pm

Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well-worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study.

The national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos, “How America Values College 2018,” found that 66 percent of college-going families believe they are getting a good value for the price they’re paying for college, and 20 percent say college is worth every penny.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:22pm

One of Laura Hipkiss’ guiding principles as a first-grade teacher at Laverna Evans Elementary School in O’Fallon, Illinois, is to “teach the expectation.” But she doesn’t just do it for her own kids.

As a coach for Positive Behavior Intervention Support — a team that creates ways to help the school community encourage good behavior — she has a direct impact on every single student. “We plan events for the entire school, like assemblies or different quarterly or even monthly celebrations that go along with programs like our Word of the Month,” Mrs. Hipkiss says.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

WARRENTON • The Warren County School District on Thursday joined a growing trend among Missouri school districts: It is moving to four-day school weeks.

The school board voted 6 to 1 in favor of the move, which Superintendent Gregg Klinginsmith said would help the district with its main challenge — teacher retention.

The district, about 60 miles west of St. Louis, had a 20 percent turnover during the 2017-2018 school year, he said, and most teachers left for higher paying jobs in the Wentzville area.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 9:20am

ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.

They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.

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