News and Updates
Afterschool Reading Tax Refund Update
Legislation that began January 1, 2008 allowed an individual, couple or corporation to contribute their tax refund, or any amount thereof, to the “Afterschool Retreat Reading and Assessment Grant Program.”
This grant opportunity has sunset and we will only be making one more competitive round for the 13-14 year. No more donations can be accepted.
Dr. Dennis Cooper Named New Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Quality Schools
Dr. Dennis Cooper is the new Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Quality Schools for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Cooper has worked in the Department since 2004 as the Area Supervisor of Instruction for the southwest region. Prior to coming to the Department, he worked as a teacher and an administrator for 32 years. Dr. Cooper has a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Missouri State University, an education specialist in educational administration degree from Central Missouri State University, and a doctorate in educational administration from University of Kansas.
The Afterschool Program in the Extended Learning Section is now part of the Office of Quality Schools under Dr. Dennis Cooper (previously served by Dr. Kathy Thornburg under the Office of Early and Extended Learning).