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Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:52pm

ST. LOUIS — Just as a new state law forced school districts across Missouri to upend their 2020-2021 calendars, a snowstorm blew through to derail this year’s schedule.

Under the law signed in July by Gov. Mike Parson, public schools cannot start their fall semester more than 14 calendar days before the first Monday in September starting in 2020. The move was opposed by school leaders but pushed by the tourism industry, which covets the extra vacation days in August.

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:52pm

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield woman has raised thousands of dollars to pay off student lunch debts after a woman in her area sought help on a neighborhood app.

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:52pm

As 2019 draws to a close, our reporters reflect on the most memorable stories they covered this year.

After 14 years on the health care beat, I switched to covering education last spring. The beat change has been invigorating and busy as I set a goal of visiting three schools a week. I am always inspired by the teachers, administrators and students that I meet, and honored to tell their stories.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:11pm

CREVE COEUR — At Bellerive Elementary, American Sign Language is just another way to talk to your friends.

“Signing is like words but you don’t talk, you only use it with your hands,” said Reilly Veilleux, 6, a member of the school’s sign language club. The club meets once a week before school to practice signing words, sentences and songs.

About 30 students are deaf or hearing impaired at Bellerive, which has six teachers who specialize in deaf education plus 10 sign language interpreters through St. Louis County’s Special School District.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

Cindy Cooney sees art in everything. As the art teacher at Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic School (CPOP) in Manchester for the last 25 years, she wants her students to appreciate art in their everyday lives as well as in every subject they study. A sixth-grader recently told her that their social studies class was learning about prehistory and wondered why early humans would have created cave art. Mrs. Cooney answered, “Because it tells the story of their civilization.”

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