• Exchange Student

    Exchange students from around the globe got the chance to take a look around at Missouri Southern | KSNF/KODE

    JOPLIN, MO – Even though classes at an area university don’t start for a few more days, many students are already getting settled in for the fall semester. But for one group of students, that’s a much bigger task than most. A student’s first semester in college can be a daunting one, even for people from outside the four state area. Just imagine what that’s like for someone from outside the country. Tuesday was orientation for international students on the campus of MSSU. “We feel like we, we take on a parent role, the way we treat these students, or at least the way I try to treat these students…

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  • Jobs

    OPINION: The Minimum Wage Hike Is Already Costing Missouri Jobs, And $15 Will Make It Even Worse | Business

    In the news in recent months, President Biden pledged to enact a nationwide $15 an hour minimum wage. As of January, the minimum wage in Missouri, automatically increased from $9.45/hour to $10.30/hour. This was the result of a measure Missouri voters passed in 2018 titled Proposition B. Proposition B, also known as the “$12 Minimum Wage Initiative” mandated an increase in the minimum wage from $7.85 to $8.60 on January 1, 2019 followed by incremental increases of $0.85 annually until it reaches $12/hour in 2023. This is more than a 50{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} increase in the cost of labor. As with Biden’s pledge, the same concepts apply at the federal level which…

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  • Education

    Missouri Senate adopts substitute education bill, adds language to limit instruction on ‘human sexuality,’ STDs | Education

    Late Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, offered a compromise bill that tied funding for “Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts” to the state providing more funding for school transportation, a major issue for many districts with bus fleets. Rowden also stripped a provision allowing for the recall of school board members. At about 11:20 p.m., Sen. Mike Moon, R-Ash Grove, proposed an amendment that prevents instruction on “human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases” until the school receives permission from a student’s parent or guardian. The proposal drew criticism from Sen. Bill White, R-Joplin, who said instruction decisions should be left to local school boards. Moon’s amendment was adopted on a…

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  • Online School

    University of Missouri research can help parents assist their kids with online school

    Young children can’t as easily switch from an online class session to written assignments as their older siblings can, new research from the University of Missouri suggests. It has implications for how parents assist their children with learning online. The research into working memory was conducted by Nelson Cowan, Curator’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Working memory is the small amount of information you can hold in your mind and is even more limited in young children, Cowan said. “There’s a severe limit to what we can hold in mind and it improves in the elementary years,” Cowan said. Not exactly the same as short-term memory, which…

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  • Education

    Education leaders hope to give Missouri teachers their first base pay raise in 16 years

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Administrators in education believe low pay is keeping many people from becoming teachers in Missouri, and it appears to also be keeping educators from staying in the classroom for an entire career. There is an effort to give them a raise and avoid a staff shortage in schools. “Teachers are working year around. Teachers are working into the evening. Teachers are giving of their time to their students,” said Cassville Superintendent Dr. Richard Asbill. Dr. Asbill said Missouri teachers are more appreciated than ever, but their compensation does not reflect it. The latest numbers from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show, in comparison…

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  • Education

    With Public Education Resources Stretched Thin, Missouri Charters Ask The State For More Local Dollars | KCUR 89.3

    Charter advocates are once again hoping Missouri lawmakers will change how schools are funded to give them access to more local revenue. Doug Thaman, the executive director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association, said charter schools aren’t getting their fair share of property taxes. “There are local lines of funding that were left out of state law, and a portion of property tax is locked in at a rate that is from 2005, so going on 16 years,” Thaman said. MCPSA estimates charters receive about $1,000 less per pupil than traditional public schools as a result. But persuading lawmakers to “fix the glitch” hasn’t been easy. Charter advocates tried…

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  • Education

    Education leaders push to recruit more teachers in Missouri

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Education leaders in Missouri are asking for more money to recruit teachers and get them to return to the classrooms they once learned in. “There’s nothing like watching a light bulb come on when a student is growing and learning,” said Traci Mitchell, the Director of Learning for the Cassville School District. Mitchell knows the value of an educator. That’s why the Cassville School District prides itself on having many graduates return to teach after college. “They love their community, they love their school. It’s where they grew up. There’s family there,” she said. Mitchell said a large percentage of the district’s staff are alumni. She…

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