New Law To Provide Dyslexia Screenings in Missouri Public Schools

Aug 4, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

Dyslexia is a common problem many students face in Missouri. However, a new law will require all Missouri students to be screened for the learning disability. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with State Rep. Kathy Swan who helped spearhead the legislation.

Lewis-Thompson: Recently governor Nixon signed into law a piece of legislation that you constructed about dyslexia. Can tell me a little bit about what the new law will do?

Vargas Speaks - Episode 3

May 31, 2016
Dan Woods / KRCU

Dan Woods sat down with Southeast President Carlos Vargas on Wednesday, May 25 and talked about a range of topics including the Spring 2016 commencement, next year's budget for higher education in Missouri, how tuition rates at Southeast compare with other area institutions and an update on the Greek Village.

Woods: So, it's been a busy month...inauguration at the beginning of the month and then commencement and I understand we had a record-breaking number of graduates.

Jason Brown / KRCU

On May 13, the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division issued a letter announcing to the nation's schools that under Title IX (the 1972 law that bans sex discrimination to schools that receive federal funding) transgender students must be allowed to use rest rooms that are consistent with the gender that they identify with. 

We asked Dr. Carlos Vargas, President of Southeast Missouri State University, how Southeast accommodates the needs of transgender students.

Southeast Missouri State University

Students, faculty and staff are gathering on the steps of Kent Library to celebrate a historic moment in Southeast Missouri State University history. The music is loud and the spirits are high. SEMO students are decked out in shirts that feature the face of the now inaugurated university president Dr. Carlos Vargas. KRCU’s Collin Ritter captured the sounds of the festivities for this audio postcard.

Living in the Shadows: How Schools Are Trying To Combat a Hidden Problem

Apr 15, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

In the last decade, the number of homeless students in Missouri has doubled in size. And in rural school districts the problem is well-hidden, leaving many schools to pick up the slack. In the first of a series “Living in the Shadows”, we look at how one of the largest school districts in southeast Missouri is dealing with the spike of homeless kids.