Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Springfield was front and center at Friday morning’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. as the Missouri State University Chorale performed before thousands on the National Mall and millions on television.

Just minutes before Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, the nearly 50-member choir sang “Now We Belong,” whose lyrics embrace a sense of unity. The group has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa, but Friday’s event came in front of its biggest audience by far.

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Legislative goal items for many of Missouri’s public colleges and universities took a hit this week when the state’s governor restricted $68 million from two and four-year schools.

A student at Springfield’s Bissett Elementary was sent home Tuesday after exhibiting symptoms of mumps.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department confirmed the illness Wednesday.

In a letter sent to parents, the Springfield Public School District attached a mumps fact sheet and said children should be monitored for symptoms. 

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A new, $75,000 grant will support students at Ozarks Technical Community College through apprenticeships within the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.

The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant program.

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Missouri State University has a $6.3 million hole to fill as part of $146 million that Gov. Eric Greitens is withholding from the budget due to a projected state revenue shortfall.

On Tuesday, a day after Greitens’ announcement, MSU President Clif Smart told reporters the spending restrictions account for 7.2 percent of the school’s state appropriations for the current fiscal year.  

Smart says Missouri State will use one-time money from reserves to make up the loss, but any ongoing withholdings will likely mean tuition hikes and could affect personnel.