- Two men accused of selling meth to undercover cop (6/22/17)
- Police: Man grabbed wheel, tried to kill driver and himself in Jackson crash (6/23/17)
- Jackson scores high in survey of residents; better streets, Aldi are high priorities (6/20/17)4
- Cape man stabbed in head, arm after strip-club incident; skull fractured, police say (6/25/17)3
- Marble Hill mayor hires city manager without board approval (6/21/17)3
- Annual SEMO District Fair event lineup announced (6/23/17)1
- Two charged in theft of jewelry from Cape storage facility (6/23/17)1
- Oran town board fired officer before hiring him as police chief; city officials say they can't remember reason for firing (6/25/17)3
- Library provides free lunches this summer (6/19/17)
- Jackson School District giving away bricks from 'Old A' building (6/23/17)2
Voters will go to the polls today to determine their elected representation at several levels of government. One issue that our elected officials must deal with -- both at the state and federal level -- is education.
While Southeast Missouri schools do an excellent job in educating the area's students, school districts have been forced to make difficult decisions on gifted programs.
No Child Left Behind was geared toward bringing those students at the bottom of the educational system up to the national standards set by the program. However, students in the upper echelon of academics may now see fewer resources to help maximize their academic potential.
The Cape Girardeau and Jackson school districts, despite the budget cuts, have been able to weather this storm and continue offering top quality programs for gifted students. However, gifted and talented programs are being cut nationwide.
While schools may face difficult choices, it's important that parents be proactive in their child's learning process. Whether it's requiring your student to read more at home or be involved in other academic, extracurricular activities, it's critical that parents participate in their child's education.