Education

Education news and issues in the Ozarks.

Citizen Scholar Statue
Missouri State University

The Missouri State Public Affairs Conference is bringing unity to the forefront of the community discussion this year. The flagship conference kicks off Monday, September 24 — and it will be asking the following question:  How can we live in peace and harmony with our neighbors?

This year’s theme, “Unity in Community,” is geared to provide new solutions to issues dividing our community, according to the university.

Over the past few decades, the global marketplace has evolved. More international business transactions take place. Team members may be spread throughout the globe. And with that, many companies now seek  individuals who can demonstrate cultural competencies - like language skills - when hiring for positions.

Dr. Jason Jolley, head of the modern and classical languages (MCL) department at Missouri State University, shares about the evolution of language education.

Megan Burke

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill told an audience of mostly college students at Missouri State University Monday that compromise is a value that's embodied in the U.S. Constitution. 

The problem with politics today, she said,  is that there aren’t enough people in the middle of the room, and she wants to break the cycle of “tit for tat.”

According to McCaskill, voters should pay attention to the candidates who believe moderation and compromise are important when serving in a legislative body.

City of Springfield

Central High School parents were notified by the school’s principal late this morning about an incident that happened earlier today.

Principal, Lisa Anderson, said Central staff were alerted by students about the possibility of a student with a weapon. 

She said administrators responded immediately and questioned the student.  A BB gun was located and was confiscated by school police.  School officials say it wasn’t loaded and was not presented in a threatening manner.  No one was harmed.

Bailey Vassalli / KSMU News

Universities across the country are struggling to combat sexual violence on campus, but Missouri State University and Ozarks Technical Community College are taking new steps towards addressing this issue with Project HEAL. 

HEAL stands for Help, Educate, Advocate, Listen, and the project received grant funding of over half a million dollars from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. 

The grant provides funding for a community centered approach to combating sexual assault. MSU and OTC are teaming up on the project.

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