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Columbia School Board candidates Blake Willoughby and Della Streaty-Wilhoit won the endorsement of the Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA), which represents teachers in the Columbia Public School District.

CMNEA announced in a news release Wednesday evening that it endorsed the two over the third candidate, Jay Atkins, in a race for two open seats on the board.

Willoughby, 24, is a doctoral student at MU studying theater and performance studies and is working toward a black studies graduate minor and a higher education administration certificate. 

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The Columbia School Board approved a revised version of an attendance area map and a transfer policy Monday night.

The map, known as “option two,” drew concern from a handful of public commenters who said the map had inequity issues. In this version, students eligible for free or reduced lunches rises to 55 percent at Battle High School and lowers to 18 percent at Rock Bridge High School.

Q & A: Columbia Public Schools Making Way Through Redistricting Process

Feb 4, 2019

The Columbia School Board will have its next meeting on Feb. 11, and it plans on focusing heavily on the current redistricting process. KBIA’s Charlie Clarke spoke with Columbia Missourian reporter Hannah Hoffmeister, who has been covering redistricting in Columbia Public Schools since last fall.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been in limbo since President Donald Trump decided to end of the program in September of 2017. Protests and rallies have taken place across major cities ever since, and federal judges have blocked the move to terminate DACA.

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As winter weather lingers in mid-Missouri, the group Sustain Mizzou visited Rock Bridge State Park. Jake Krell, the group’s outreach vice president, led a tour of the park to visitors. Krell served as a tour guide over the summer for the non-profit Friends of Rock Bridge. On the tour, Krell took the group through overlooks and into the cave. The group avoided certain areas of the park because of the spreading white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that affects North American bats that's been problematic in Missouri. Members walked through snow, on water, in the daylight and the darkness of the cave in this audio postcard.

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