Education news and issues in the Ozarks.


The Education Beat
8:43 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hopeful Candidates for SPS School Board Await the Next Step

Springfield Public Schools-Kraft Administrative Center
Credit Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

Tuesday was the petition deadline for those wishing to be considered as a Springfield Public Schools Board of Education candidate for the upcoming spring election. 

SPS Spokesperson Teresa Bledsoe says five candidates are vying for three, at-large positions on the SPS board.

“Our current Board member Bruce Renner was one of them.  The new potential candidates are Swayne Loftis, Patricia Ingold, Jill Patterson and Francine Pratt,” Bledsoe says.

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Education Connection
5:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Springfield Public Schools to Purchase Property

SPS Logo
Credit SPS

The Springfield School District plans to purchase a building in southeast Springfield to house administration.

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Science and the Environment
9:45 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Looking Into Life As A Physicist

Cornelison participates in Phys Biz

What do you know about physics? Is your perception of the science more driven by intense study or pop culture? Do you imagine socially awkward scientists holed up studying black holes? Dr. David Cornelison, head of Missouri State University’s department of physics, astronomy and materials science, shares some insight into what physics is and what it is not.

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Missouri Legislature
9:18 am
Fri January 16, 2015

MSU Seeks Building Funds, Increased Appropriations From Legislature

Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City
Credit KSMU Archives

Missouri State University President Clif Smart believes passage of a constitutional amendment limiting the governor’s budget powers could benefit higher education.

In November, voters approved Amendment 10 to the Missouri Constitution, which allows lawmakers to try to override the governor's decisions to freeze or slow spending.

In recent years, Gov. Jay Nixon has withheld money to balance the budget, including from education. Smart thinks there is now potential for the legislature to override any governor’s budget withhold just as they would override a veto.

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3:30 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Botanist, volunteer, and Navy SEAL honored in the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

Citizen Scholar Statue on the Missouri State University campus.
Credit Missouri State University

Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, where three individuals will be honored in April.

One is known for his inventions and work in the field of botany, one uses her pre-teen passions to fuel an innovative volunteer movement, and one uses lessons learned in Navy SEAL training to assist injured veterans. What George Washington Carver, Simone Bernstein, and Eric Greitens have in common, however, is unmistakable and lasting contributions on a local and national scope. 

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