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Guest Commentary: A New Path to Excellence

December 09, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

“All students matter. All schools matter. All communities matter.” This was the basic belief adopted by school leaders who recently convened to develop a plan to address the school transfer issue. Their solution is to focus on the student, build a school that can deliver results and engage the community […]

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Guest Commentary: MASA Plan Falls Short of Quality Options for All Students

November 20, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently released a proposal, “A New Path To Excellence,” in an attempt to address unaccredited school districts and the laws governing student transfers once a district becomes unaccredited. In actuality this ‘plan’ simply asks for more time and more money to perpetuate the […]

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Column: AFL-CIO – “On Labor Day, too many workers labor in the shadows”

September 01, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

For many Americans, Labor Day barbecues and picnics mark a nostalgic end to summer.  It’s also a time to celebrate work and the people who do the work (and of course, the people who want to work but can’t find jobs).  This year, we remember especially that too many people […]

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Column: Rep. Chris Kelly talks concerns about HB 253

August 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

During the 2013 session, the Legislature passed House Bill 253, a sloppily drafted bill that will cost the state more than $800 million per year when fully implemented. The Governor, believing that HB 253 will decimate essential state services, endanger our AAA credit rating, and unnecessarily raise taxes on the […]

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Guest column by Claire McCaskill: Missouri creates a new national standard in sexual assault prevention in the military

May 14, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I’ve spent decades advocating for sexual assault survivors.  As Jackson County Prosecutor, I fought to ensure that survivors of sexual assault received justice in the aftermath of traumatic crimes. Anyone watching the recent national outcry over sexual assault in the military, and the disgraceful obstacles faced by survivors, realizes that […]

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Column: In opposition of electric rate, ISRS legislation

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In opposition of SB207 & HB398: Chris Roepe Executive Director,  Fair Energy Rate Action Fund Businesses, just like politicians, need to be held accountable to the public when making public policy. Ameren, Empire and KCP&L’s recent explanation for why they need to abolish the PSC’s oversight of new expenditures and […]

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Column: In support of electric rate, ISRS legislation

March 11, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

In support of SB207 & HB398: Irl Scissors Executive Director, Missourians for Balanced Energy Future The Infrastructure Strengthening and Regulatory Streamlining (ISRS) legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Kehoe and Rep. Jeanie Riddle is critical to our state’s energy and economic future. If passed, SB207/HB398 will bring much-needed efficiencies and upgrades […]

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Roy Temple to author guest column for The Missouri Times

February 27, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Jefferson City, Mo. — Veteran Democratic political strategist, Roy Temple, is joining The Missouri Times team as a guest columnist. Temple will be writing for us at his leisure as topics and controversies arise that garner his unique perspective. Temple, the founder of Fire Up! Missouri, a nationally recognized local […]

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Column: Getting to the heart of education reform

February 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

If you are among the tens of thousands of Missourians who are concerned about the mediocre – at best – performance of our state’s public schools, then you are likely familiar with recent debate in Jefferson City about education reform, as well as the swirl of news stories and editorials […]

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What is Good Government???

February 18, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

by Jim Lembke You all have heard the old adage; Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This of course is a standard that at best is a moving target, and at worst is quite relative. That said, is the definition of “good government” a subjective opinion, or is […]

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