Jacob McCleland / KRCU

If you’ve walked into a watercolor class at a hospital or assisted living center in Cape Girardeau, you’ve probably seen Barb Duncan at work. At 79 years old, the retired teacher is still going strong and continues to spread her love of art and learning.

Report: Teacher Education Programs Are Failing

Jun 18, 2013
John Phelan

A new study released on Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. World & News Report called out teacher education programs for not adequately preparing new teachers for the classroom.

The report looked at more than 1,100 schools of education, and concluded the vast majority of teacher programs do not give new teachers an adequate return on their investment of time or tuition.

Youth Build Program Helps Young People Get Education, Job Skills

Jun 9, 2013
Issac Smith / The Cairo Citizen

A new program has been putting young people to work in Cairo. 

Franklin Elementary

A fourth grade teacher at Franklin Elementary in Cape Girardeau has been named Missouri Outstanding Beginning Teacher for the spring semester.

Elizabeth Speicher says she has always wanted to be a teacher, specifically with grade school children. Speicher says the most rewarding part of her first year on the job is watching her students’ academic growth.

Jacob McCleland / KRCU

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited Scott City High School on Tuesday to congratulate that school on becoming an A+ School.

The state’s A+ scholarship program offers two-year scholarships to community colleges and some four year schools like Southeast Missouri State University and Truman State.

Nixon says 118 new schools were accredited as A+ schools in April. That means 99% of Missouri schools participate in the program.