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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

JEFFERSON CITY — A day after state senators stayed up late to debate a sweeping education proposal, the Missouri House moved Wednesday to give first-round approval to a controversial measure that would provide scholarships for K-12 students to attend schools of their choice.

“Missouri is not serving children in a way that they deserve,” said Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters. “We are not providing a system of education that allows every child to realize their full potential.”

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

Lauren Bax’s first grade students are taught all the core subjects like math, science and reading – but there is no shortage of joy and laughter.

Silliness is the ethos that she hopes to maintain in her classroom at Barrington Elementary in the Hazelwood School District. She often incorporates a song or a saying into the lessons or encourages students to celebrate their successes. “We have classroom cheers that we use on a daily basis to encourage [or] congratulate each other,” she said.

Leaving impressions and leading her team

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

JEFFERSON CITY — Proponents of a measure allowing students in the St. Louis area to draw scholarship funds in order to attend the school of their choice won a narrow victory in the Missouri House on Thursday, sending the proposal to the Senate for debate.

The measure survived on an 82-71 vote, winning the minimum number of “yes” votes necessary to advance to the upper chamber. Thirty Republicans voted against the measure.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

Although the mayor of St. Louis has little influence over the city’s education system, candidates for the position have weighed in as the public school district shrinks and charter schools expand.

This year, enrollment in St. Louis Public Schools from kindergarten through high school dropped to around 18,000, while close to 12,000 students enrolled in charter schools.

Friday, February 26, 2021 - 2:23pm

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Students who graduate from the University of Missouri this spring will have in-person ceremonies, the university announced Thursday.

There will be precautionary measures in place.

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