DESE Moves Forward With Common Core Standards

Apr 2, 2013
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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

DESE spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

Potter says Missouri adopted the new standards back in 2010.

Three Rivers College Continues to Expand

Mar 21, 2013

Three Rivers College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in April for its Eastern Campus. It will replace the center currently rented in Sikeston.

This facility is expected to hold a capacity of 1,800 students versus the 500 the current facility holds.

Missy Marshall is the director of the current Three Rivers Sikeston Center. She says this new facility will expand current offerings like business and nursing, and reach out to more potential students.

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Southeast Missouri State University’s Cyber Defense Club is going to attend a collegiate competition for cyber defense.

The Cyber Defense Club is an offshoot of the university’s new Cyber Security program. The club’s faculty advisor is Dr. Vijay Anand. He says Southeast is one of perhaps 15 programs nationwide, and the only degree of its kind in Missouri.

Anand feels good about the club’s chances of winning.

Michelle Kwan Tells Southeast Student To Aim High

Mar 7, 2013
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History’s most decorated figure skater Michelle Kwan visited Southeast Missouri State University yesterday with a speech aimed to inspire young people to greatness.

In her speech entitled “Aspiring to Greatness,” Kwan reached out to the Show Me Center audience to encourage them to try their hardest and never fear failure.

In a press conference before the event, Kwan shared what she hoped to achieve with her visit to Southeast.

Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over School District Transfer Law

Mar 6, 2013
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The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments on Tuesday over a 20-year-old law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who transfer to nearby accredited schools.

Last year, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent III ruled that the law in question was both unconstitutional and unenforceable, and that it would create an unfunded mandate for unaccredited schools.  Attorney Elkin Kistner represents Gina Breitenfeld, a St. Louis woman who enrolled her children in the Clayton School district.