Elle Moxley

Elle covers education for KCUR. The best part of her job is talking to students. Before coming to KCUR in 2014, Elle covered Indiana education policy for NPR’s StateImpact project. Her work covering Indiana’s exit from the Common Core was nationally recognized with an Edward R. Murrow award. Her work at KCUR has been recognized by the Missouri Broadcasters Association and the Kansas City Press Club. She is a graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism. Elle regularly tweets photos of her dog, Kingsley. There is a wounded Dr. Ian Malcolm bobblehead on her desk.

The U-S-D-A approved Missouri’s application for additional federal food aid for low-income children Monday.

It’s money meant to pay for meals students would’ve eaten at school in March, April and May. But the Missouri Department of Social Services won’t say how much assistance eligible families will receive. Brent Schondelmeyer of the Local Investment Commission, a Kansas City nonprofit, says there are low-income families who haven’t received any pandemic aid yet.

Tiffanie White is still able to feed her three kids, but buying groceries isn’t easy right now. She lost her customer service job because of the pandemic, and she hasn’t been able to get through to unemployment to file a claim.

So when she goes to the grocery store once a week – wearing a mask, without her kids – she’s only buying what they absolutely need.

Updated, 4:45 p.m. Thursday Missouri schools will not reopen for the remainder of the academic year, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday afternoon.

"I am ordering all Missouri public and charter schools to remain closed through the remainder of this academic year with the exceptions of nutrition services and child care that are outlined in our recent health order," Parson said.

Missouri schools will not reopen for the remainder of the academic year, Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday afternoon.

"I am ordering all Missouri public and charter schools to remain closed through the remainder of this academic year with the exceptions of nutrition services and child care that are outlined in our recent health order," Parson said.

Missouri has postponed April municipal elections until June, a decision that could have a long-term impact on metro school districts asking voters to approve bonds for construction projects.

North Kansas City Schools, the state’s third largest school district, needs to replace two elementary schools, build an early childhood center and add on to Staley High School. There’s also a backlog of deferred maintenance at the district’s oldest school buildings. 

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