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Speaker Todd Richardson speaks on his amendment to the charter school bill March 15, 2017. (Ben Peters/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break

House passes charter school legislation in close vote before Spring Break

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson scored a major victory Thursday with the narrow 83-76 passage of Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s bill to expand the charter school bill system. Roeber’s bill will allow charter schools to establish themselves in any district which has at least one school building which scores below a 60 percent on

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Neosho school district opens up to propane fueled school buses

NEOSHO, Mo. – In an effort to save funds for transportation, the Neosho school district has turned to an alternative form of fuel as they have obtained 18 propane-fueled buses. Citing government budget cuts and cheaper means of fuel, Neosho has taken inspiration from numerous school districts across the country. Propane acts as an efficient

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New community college network seeks to build skilled workforce

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A new agreement between the state’s community colleges is looking to increase the availability of a skilled workforce in the Show-Me State and help the state’s economy grow. The Missouri Community College Workforce Development Network, signed by the heads of twelve different schools, aims to build a workforce to compete with

Darryl Chatman speaks with Sen. Brian Munzlinger after his confirmation hearing March 8, 2017. (Travis Zimpfer/THE MISSOURI TIMES)

Senate holds confirmation hearing for new UM curators

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Three prospective University of Missouri System Curators answered questions from the Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee, who continued to express their concerns with the state’s public higher education institution. Gov. Eric Greitens named Darryl Chatman, Jamie Farmer, and Jeff Layman to the board last month, and did so with the desire to

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University of Missouri System audit reveals more than $2 million in ‘hidden bonus pay’

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says the latest audit released by her office is personally troubling. On Monday, Galloway’s office released a scathing report detailing how the University of Missouri System hid more than $2 million in “bonus” pay. The audit also revealed what Galloway called irresponsible management in the UM

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Bush touts education reform measures at Missouri Capitol

Jefferson City, Mo. – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush highlighted a number of education reform efforts while speaking in the Missouri Capitol Thursday. Bush spoke at a press conference in the House Lounge with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, advocating for several measures, including school choice, charter school education, and greater access to

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Gov. Jeb Bush joins state lawmakers Thursday to discuss school reform

Gov. Jeb Bush will be in Jefferson City on Thursday, March 2, to meet with members of the Missouri General Assembly to discuss education policy. A release issued Tuesday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce says the former Florida governor will talk with Missouri lawmakers about how school choice, along with college and career high

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Greitens restores some funding to K-12 transportation, home services programs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After receiving $60 million in two recent settlements, Gov. Eric Greitens announced Thursday he would refund $52 million of that money into home-based service programs for the mentally and physically disabled and the elderly and school transportation, two areas he cut in his proposed budget. The governor will not release withheld funds into the budget but rather

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McCann Beatty blasts Mizzou for endorsing Austin’s discrimination suit reform bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty penned a letter to Interim University of Missouri System President Mike Middleton asking him to revoke the university’s endorsement of a bill she argues paves the way for more discrimination. “I am deeply disturbed and disappointed that the University of Missouri System has publicly stated

Sen. Ed Emery testifies on his bill SB 98 Feb. 21, 2017.

‘Bathroom bill,’ SB98, brings out crowd in committee

Legislation would require transgender students to use restroom of sex on birth certificate JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Last year, a Senate bill purporting to support religious liberty to prevent vendors from providing services for same-sex weddings became arguably the most infamous piece of legislation in the state after a 39-hour filibuster and a contentious House

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