How do we know whether our schools are doing a good job of what they are supposed to do? Standardized tests have often been the answer, but what exactly should the tests be measuring? We discuss efforts in Missouri to encourage success in schools, and we talk about how best to measure -- and to improve -- the quality of student learning.
Panelists: Carol Maher, assistant professor, University of Missouri College of Education Sally Beth Lyon, chief academic officer, Columbia Public Schools Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
In late August, Columbia resident Shakir Hamoodi began serving a three-year prison sentence for violating trade sanctions against Iraq. We explore the details of his unusual case, along with some of the larger moral and legal issues his situation raises.
Panelists: Frank Bowman, professor of law, University of Missouri Whitney Dreier, editor, Inside Columbia magazine Peter Vallentyne, professor, University of Missouri Department of Philosophy Tony Flesor, journalist who profiled the case for Inside Columbia magazine (joining the program by phone)
As officials work toward increasing flight options at Columbia Regional Airport, we learn more about what it takes to successfully expand air service. We also explore some of the plans that have been proposed, such as a new terminal and possible revenue guarantees to attract new airline routes.
Panelists: Bob McDavid, mayor of Columbia Kristi Ray, executive vice president, Columbia Chamber of Commerce Trebor Banstetter, senior manager, corporate communications, Delta Air Lines (joining the program by phone)