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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 4:17pm

TROY, Mo. — A Lincoln County school district has attracted more students during the pandemic than any other district in Missouri, new state data shows.

While most school districts haven’t rebounded from a steep enrollment decline since 2019, Troy schools have added 417 students to reach nearly 7,000 in preschool through 12th grades this year, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:55pm

FERGUSON — The last words James Young’s grandmother sang to him before she died were, “The sun will come out tomorrow,” from the Broadway musical “Annie.”

Elizabeth Hutcherson-Rucks, a music teacher for more than 40 years in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, liked to say she never had a bad day of teaching.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:21am

ST. LOUIS — Second grader Khori Mitchell has yet to experience a normal school year. Kindergarten ended abruptly at spring break. First grade didn’t start in person until March. Going into this year, her mom wasn’t sure what to expect.

“There was still a lot of uncertainty,” said Courtney Mitchell of St. Louis. “All the kids are on different levels. Teachers are trying to play catch-up.”

So in July, Mitchell called the Tutor Doctor, a newly opened franchise in south St. Louis County. Khori has been meeting with a tutor every week since.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:21am

The Little Bit Foundation announced Monday that Miranda Walker Jones has been named as the organization's new chief executive officer.

A former Jennings City Council member, Jones now is president of the school board of the Jennings School District.

An East St. Louis native and graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia, Jones previously spent 16 years with Better Family Life, where she led programs that served about 8,000 students.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:21am

More than a dozen school districts across the St. Louis region will take an extended Thanksgiving break next week in response to high levels of stress among teachers and students.

“They’re just experiencing a lot of anxiety, a lot of stress being educated during a pandemic,” said Superintendent Jim Wipke of the Ladue School District. “Staff is under incredible pressure, they feel the responsibility of trying to catch kids up in terms of academics.”

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