Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

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Nearly 17 percent of Greene County students grades six-12 considered attempting suicide within the past year. That’s according to a student survey conducted by Missouri Department of Mental Health.

And officials say the threat of suicide has been on the rise.

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As Missouri State University’s emergency preparedness manager, David Hall’s responsibilities include planning for and coordinating during crisis situations on the Springfield campus. He also conducts training throughout the university system.  

Hall, the city of Springfield’s former fire chief, has been on the job at MSU since February 1. For starters, he says it’s important to establish a good basis of understanding about the campus.

Michele Skalicky

Teachers at Truman Elementary look forward each day to a visit by Chase Obrey, a fifth grader in one of the school’s two special needs classrooms.

Chase, who is on the autism spectrum, is the main operator of the Rolling Café, which sells snacks and drinks in the morning and afternoon.  He’s been on the job for two years.

He takes the cart around, serves the teachers, puts money in the cash register and counts and gives back change.

We take so much for granted each day. One of those things is the ability to hear and effectively communicate.

According to the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, May is better hearing and speech month. Jennifer Kerr, clinical assistant professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders, and Lauren Jones, director of the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, share about the resources at the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State.

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Missouri State University President Clif Smart says the school is poised to receive $2.1 million more in state appropriations than originally anticipated.

This comes after the general assembly passed a final budget bill that included a 6.58 percent cut in core funding for MSU, rather than the 9 percent cut proposed by Gov. Eric Greitens. Should the governor sign the bill, it will be welcome news to colleges and universities that had to slash budgets to balance out the projected cuts.

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