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Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro

Missouri Education Commissioner to Resign

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Monday that she plans to resign later this year, ending a tenure during which she repeatedly came under criticism as the state adopted new school accreditation standards and dealt with struggling districts.

09/15/2014

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Education Officials: Normandy Not Authorized to Pay for Lawsuit

This afternoon, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notified Normandy that expenses related to the lawsuit would not be approved.

05/22/2014

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Recent Snow Could Cause Longer School Year

Missouri education department says classes could extend into summer.

02/06/2014

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Mo. Education Officials, National Guard Brace For Shutdown Cuts

One state department that would face potentially severe consequences of a government shutdown would be the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

10/01/2013

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Mixed Results in Missouri Test Scores

The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in math declined in 2013, but remained steady in communication arts and improved in science.

08/21/2013

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

Nixon Signs Mo. Special-Needs Scholarships Bill

The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships.

07/11/2013

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Lawmakers Blast DESE, Call For Roll Back on Some Education Standards

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the national “Common Core” standards in 2009.

03/08/2013

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Expanding Charter Schools Across Missouri

Education policy issues include public school funding and dealing with the unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.

05/03/2012

Springfield, Mo

Springfield, Missouri Poverty Rising, 50% of Students Near Poverty Line

49.2 percent of Springfield’s students qualified for free or reduced lunches during the 2009-10 school year.

04/09/2011

Education

VIDEO: Mo. Education Officials Announce New Initiative

Currently, Missouri ranks closer to the middle on most education measures.

04/01/2011

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