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

Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum

Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Butler County Republicans hosted a town hall forum at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce to discuss the effects of two major pieces of education reform going through the Missouri General Assembly. Speaker Todd Richardson, Rep. Steve Cookson and Sen. Doug Libla attended the event about Rep. Rebecca Roeber’s charter school

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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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Richardson outlines legislative agenda to Columbia Chamber

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Speaker Todd Richardson spoke to members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday about his legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Richardson spoke at length with business owners about his excitement at the prospect of working with a Republican governor for the first time in his political career while also detailing

Missouri NEA votes in favor of Clinton endorsement

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The National Education Association, the country’s largest association of educators, endorsed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president – one of the largest and earliest endorsements thus far in the race for the White House. Missouri’s council voted in favor of the endorsement. A Remington Research Group poll last month showed Clinton in

Tim Jones to run Missouri Club for Growth

Saint Louis — Missouri Club for Growth was short one chairman when Bev Randles formally leapt into the race for lt. governor earlier this summer. But the conservative advocacy organization is leaderless no longer, as former House Speaker Tim Jones has been tapped to run MOCFG. In his first official order of business as chairman,

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House, Senate set to clash on transfer bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With the chambers appearing divided on the “private option,” the House and Senate appear poised for a contentious negotiation on the two versions of the bill making sweeping changes to Missouri’s student transfer laws. The House spent hours on the bill approved by the Senate a few weeks ago, but only

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House passes FY 2015 budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House of Representatives gave first-round approval to a series of budget bills today, setting in motion the passage of the state’s FY2015 budget. Both parties worked quickly and under strict timetables to move though a slew of appropriations bills, almost all sponsored by House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood,

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Associations, reform groups spar over teacher tenure and evaluations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The tug-of-war between self-described education reformers and teachers, principals and school administrators throughout the state is far from over and at the center of the debate lies the question of how to evaluate public school teachers and what to do about teacher tenure. On one side are groups touting themselves as

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Interim committee on education begins planning, holds first meeting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A House interim committee for primary and secondary education held its first meeting today in the Capitol building, where they heard an informational presentation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and laid out plans for future meetings across the state. The committee, formed by House Speaker Tim Jones,

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Teacher evaluations, budget concerns, school choice on forefront of education reform

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With a fresh push at re-examining how public school teachers are evaluated and a new state Supreme Court ruling on school choice, education reformers across the state are eying the upcoming year as a major turning point for public education. For the state’s unaccredited districts like Normandy and Riverview in the

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