Tag Archives: education

motimes blog license plate

Op Ed: How ESAs Can Fix the Status Quo

Op Ed: How ESAs Can Fix the Status Quo

You may already know that 10,000 Missouri high school students dropped out of school in 2016. What you may not know, is that of those students that stayed in school and went on to college, nearly 40% required remedial courses in basic math and English to catch up with their counterparts from other states.   These

BudgetSpeaker

House approves state’s $27 billion budget, Senate approval to come

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House has officially fulfilled their duties in signing off on the state’s spending plan for the next fiscal year. Less than 48 hours after perfecting the state’s budget, the House pushed forward in their one mission mandated by the state constitution, third reading and passing all thirteen appropriations bills

House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

8 changes to note in the House budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As the Missouri House prepares to take up the House Budget Committee’s work this week, we take a look at a number of things in the budget that are noteworthy for a variety of reasons. We start with number one: the education foundation formula. 1. Fully funding the education foundation formula

House Budget Committee (Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications)

House committee puts final touches on budget

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri House Budget Committee took the next step in moving the state’s budget forward on Tuesday night. In a crowded room, lawmakers managed to advance all of the operating bills to the House after more than six hours of putting the final touches on Missouri’s more than $27 billion budget.

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

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

Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick speaks on HB 288, his bill on unemployment compensation.

House budget chair’s plan calls for full funding of K-12, major cuts to Medicaid funding

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The work on Missouri’s budget has been constant for the past month-and-a-half, with lawmakers receiving the Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget in early February. Since then, the House Budget Committee has met almost daily, holding a number of hearings with each department presenting their budgets. Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ proposed budget for

Letter to the Editor: Remove barriers restricting access to charter schools

By Eddy Justice, Poplar Bluff Dear Editor, As an active member of the community, I cannot help but wonder why Missouri’s elected officials aren’t embracing the fact that a quality public education is not achieved with a “one-size fits all” approach. While I am happy with the education my children received, I am cognizant that

Letter to the Editor: Why Republicans support school choice

By Rosa Robb, Columbia, Mo. Education savings accounts, charter schools and other ideas for expanding options for school choice are in front of this year’s General Assembly. Republicans should do whatever they can to increase the options for Missouri family’s to control their destiny when it comes to the education of their children. Republicans support

MCCA network agreement

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

Jeb!

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

Top