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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | February 19, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's not double the fun if you're looking for a job as an elementary school teacher.  A national research group says colleges nationwide are training twice as many K-5 teachers as we need each year.   Education is a popular major at Missouri State University.  It began as a school specifically to train teachers more than 100 years ago.   At least partially as a result, there is no shortage of elementary teacher-hopefuls at MSU. "I guess in fourth grade is when I decided I wanted to be a teacher," Brittany Gill said.
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Emily Rittman, Ben Knaup and Reporter, Photographer | March 25, 2011
Probation is no longer an option for a former teacher who had sex with the same student in three counties. Judge Calvin Holden revoked Alison Peck's probation Friday and sentenced her to five years in prison. Peck was originally sentenced to five years supervised probation, required to register as a sex offender and ordered to complete sex offender treatment. “She is used to living in ‘pretend normal’ everything has to look perfect and pristine on the outside but on the inside that is not who Alison is,” Peck’s sex offender treatment provider Kris Hamilton said.
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Sheena Elzie, KSPR News Reporter and selzie@kspr.com | September 17, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Teachers are on strike in Chicago partly because they don't want their evaluations based on student performance, but teachers in the Ozarks could be facing the same problem. Under new state law Missouri school districts have until next school year to come up with a new teacher evaluation plan based on student performance. It's the same thing teachers are striking about right now in Chicago, but the difference is Chicago wants teacher evaluations to be based on standardized test scores, in Missouri, the districts can decide how they want to do it. Missouri school districts can choose something other than state test scores to measure student performance and evaluate teachers because the state has a federal 'No Child Left Behind' waiver.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter | December 18, 2012
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A shooting club says gun law reform should maybe start in the school system.  The Marshfield Shooting Club offers free memberships and free and reduced conceal-and-carry classes to all teachers.   There's a Missouri law that forbids concealed guns at schools without permission from the local school board and federal laws are even stricter, but the Marshfield Shooting Club says clearly the man who killed more than two dozen people Friday didn't abide by it.   Sweeping up the remnants of a busy day is a labor of love for Dennis Correll.  The more brass casings, the more bodies that visited the Marshfield Shooting Club's range, and the more people -- Correll says -- who are learning valuable skills.
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Kyle Bosch | April 2, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The president of Parents as Teachers says Missouri Senate budget writers are shortsighted for cutting more than half the state's funding for the program. Sue Stepleton is president and CEO of the Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis. She said Thursday that 69,000 families could lose services and about 1,300 employees could lose their jobs as a result of the Senate budget cut. On Wednesday night, the Senate Appropriations Committee cut state funding for the early childhood development program down to $13 million next year.
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Kyle Bosch | April 1, 2010
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee is seeking to cut funding by about half for an early childhood development program. The Parents as Teachers programs was one of the first programs to take a big hit Tuesday night as the Senate Appropriations Committee began trimming Missouri's proposed budget. The Senate panel also backed funding reductions for school busing, the Access Missouri college scholarship program and life sciences research. Gov. Jay Nixon has said his $23.9 billion budget plan for next year needs to be reduced by about $500 million.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | May 13, 2011
The Developmental Center of the Ozarks will be closed until May 23. You can blame a fast spreading virus for that. Officials with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department say a fast-moving contagion hit 10 out of 12 classrooms in the past several days -- and they're not quite sure what it is. "We were pretty sure that it was spreading fast and we were pretty sure that we felt our environment was contaminated," said DCO Executive Director...
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KSPR News | December 14, 2010
An Ozarks school is in mourning after the unexpected death of Doug Weatherly, a beloved long-time teacher and coach. Superintendent Russell Moreland says assistant girls basketball coach Weatherly collapsed in a locker room before a game at East Newton Monday night. A trainer and nurse rushed to help and performed CPR until paramedics got to the scene, but Weatherly died at the hospital. Weatherly worked in Pierce City Schools for more than 20 years.  He taught middle school social studies and was also an assistant football coach.
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Sheena Elzie, KSPR News Reporter and selzie@kspr.com | September 19, 2012
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo - Families facing financial struggles are a problem school leaders see first hand at the College of the Ozarks. Now they're reaching out to educate teachers and the community about poverty. Nine of every ten students at the College of the Ozarks are in a financial bind, but instead of paying tuition students have to work off their debt. School leaders say more struggling students are coming to them for help because of rising poverty rates. That's why the school organized a poverty summit.
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Hugh Keeton | January 13, 2012
Springfield, Mo. - Former Springfield elementary school teacher Jeffery Turnbough, is scheduled to be arraigned in Greene County on Friday.  Turnbough, who taught at Pleasant View Elementary, is charged with attempted enticement of a child. Prosecutors say Turnbough sent sexually explicit text messages to a 13 year old boy. Turnbough was placed on administrative leave after charges were filed.  
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