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Why I became a teacher

This week is teacher appreciation week and it's always nice to get reminders about why I became a teacher. Whether anyone tells me it or not, I know that every day there are people who appreciate what I do. Teaching is one of the greatest jobs in the world because I know I'm having a lasting impact on my students every day in my classroom.

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A senior year mostly lost for a Normandy honor student

Cameron Hensley is an honors student at Normandy High School with plans for college. But this year his school quit offering honors courses. His physics teacher hasn’t planned a lesson since January. His AP English class is taught by an instructor not certified to teach it. The first-period English class is held in a science lab because the room across the hall smells like mildew and lacks adequate air conditioning.

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Compromise would allow charter schools to open in St. Louis, Jackson counties

A Missouri House and Senate compromise would allow charter schools to expand to school districts in St. Louis and Jackson counties — but some districts were written out of the legislation. This week, lawmakers have been hashing out a compromise between their versions of a measure modifying the school transfer law, which allows children in unaccredited school districts to transfer to higher-performing ones.

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