Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


Engaging the Community
7:43 am
Fri April 17, 2015

President Smart on MSU’s Free Speech Zones, Importance of Public Expression

Brother Jed Smock (center) occupying one of Missouri State University's free speech zones in April. He preaches in a style known as confrontational evangelism.

At college campuses across the U.S., free speech zones exist to allow people from outside the school to express themselves.

At Missouri State University, content neutral speech can take place at three such areas; behind Strong Hall, north of the football stadium, and north of the Plaster Student Union. And those wanting to utilize the space must request a permit, which can allow for up to eight hours of expression.

“They need to tell us when they wanna be here. They choose which spot they wanna be in – one of the spots allows for increased volume, the others do not.”

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Education Connection
2:30 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

In-District OTC Students to See Slight Tuition Increase

Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield is increasing tuition for some students.

Students at Ozarks Technical Community College who live in and close to Springfield will see a tuition increase of $3 per credit hour this coming fall.

The measure was approved Tuesday by the OTC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of OTC, says there are two main reasons for this increase.

“Number one, increased costs, number two, we continue not to be funded adequately by the state of Missouri,” Higdon says.

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Helping Others
7:24 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Sex Trafficking Survivor and Victim Advocate To Offer Insight at MSU Address

Toshia Shaw will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the PSU Theatre.
Credit Purple WINGS

Sex trafficking is a bigger issue than you think, says Toshia Shaw, a behavioral health professional who has been working with victims of the crime for several years.

“We all have a responsibility as citizens – ethical citizens – to open our eyes, see what’s going on, report things that just out of place that doesn’t seem right.”

And Shaw knows all too well the devastating effects sex trafficking can have on victims.

“It can from school of hard knocks. I am myself a survivor of sex trafficking. But it happened to me as an adult,” she says.

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Education Connection
6:29 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Patterson, Pratt and Renner to Take Oaths for SPS Board

Credit Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Springfield Public Schools welcomes new members Jill Patterson and Francine Pratt to its Board of Education tonight. Bruce Renner, who was first elected in 1994, will also be sworn in.

All three were elected in last Tuesday’s election out of a five-candidate field.

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