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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
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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.


K-12 education hasn't exactly been front and center in this presidential election, but Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders made some news on the topic this week. Here's how he responded to a question about charter schools at a CNN televised Town Hall meeting:

"I believe in public education and I believe in public charter schools. I do not believe in privately controlled charter schools."

Governor Bruce Rauner this week is continuing a tour of school districts around the state to talk about school funding. But, a lawmaker proposing changes to the way Illinois funds schools questions the governor's rhetoric.