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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:40pm

Francis Howell school officials are looking at the next round of student programs to chop after voters turned down a district tax levy increase for the second year in a row.

The more immediate considerations on the table include charging high school students for participation in extracurricular activities and cutting high school extracurricular programs, security personnel, teacher training and test materials. Altogether, the district has about $1.3 million in suggested cuts to programs.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 8:51am

CHARLESTON, Ill. • Students at Eastern Illinois University are getting relief from the stress of finals week with the help of several therapy dogs.

The Effingham Daily News reports a group called All Things Pawsitive is bringing dogs to the campus in Charleston this week.

Students say spending time with the dogs — even for a few minutes — helps take away the edge of finals stress.

Rachel Stanevich is a freshman from Beecher. She says being with the animals "helps take your mind off of things for a while."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:13pm

ST. LOUIS • The city of St. Louis is taking sides in a dispute that pits the city’s school system against charter schools, arguing that the nontraditional public schools should share millions in revenue from a special sales tax.

In April, St. Louis Public Schools filed a lawsuit asking the court to return more than $50 million that had been given charter schools, which are independently run, tax-funded public schools.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 5:11pm

ST. LOUIS • A new initiative launched this week seeks to boost low-income student enrollment at 30 elite universities nationwide, including Washington University.

The American Talent Initiative was kicked-off by 30 founding schools, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities as well as a few high-ranking public schools like the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 12:32am

KIRKWOOD • The Kirkwood School District Board of Education on Monday night delayed a vote until next month on a measure that would put a 46 cent property tax increase on the April ballot.

The board will vote in January on whether to put the proposed increase on the April or November ballot. The delay gives members more time to review finances, provide a detailed case for the increase and seek community input.

The board's meeting drew a crowd of more than 150.

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