Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Michele Skalicky

More than a dozen Central High School students stood before several city, county and state elected leaders Thursday, including legislators, city council, county commission and school board members, in a packed school auditorium.  They talked of their fears since the mass shootings in Parkland, Florida and in Newtown, Connecticut.  A few referenced an incident at Central a few years back when a student dropped a backpack in the Central Commons, and a gun discharged.  No one was injured.

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Missouri State University introduced its new head men's basketball coach in a press conference  Thursday. The university’s Board of Governors approved the hiring of head coach Dana Ford the day before.

Ford said there must be a change in mindset when it comes to the atmosphere surrounding Missouri State men’s basketball.

“When the word 'championship' is brought up, we’ve got to be about that. That’s got to be our expectation,” Ford said.

The College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University partners with the Springfield community, region and state to bring arts education to young and old - through performances, exhibitions, workshops and courses. They do this because they believe the arts enrich our lives and expand our understanding of the world.

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Missouri State University is accepting applications from adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities for its new program, Bear POWER.

Beginning next January, up to 10 young adults will attend the university through a 2 ½ year inclusive college program for disabled students transitioning out of high school.

Rachel Heinz, the director of Bear POWER, told KSMU by phone that young adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and brain injuries are encouraged to apply.  She said the goal of the new program is “to leave it as open and inclusive as possible.”

The Children’s Bureau’s most recent child abuse statistics reveal that 7.2 million children were reported as abused in 2015. This number had unfortunately grown from the previous report by more than half a million children.

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