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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

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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


Meth incidents down, lawmaker points to NPLEx system as cause

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the Missouri legislature and the Missouri Pharmacy Association gathered at the Whaley’s East End Pharmacy Tuesday morning for a demonstration of the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which is being used to fight back against Missouri’s meth problem. The NPLEx system looks to curb meth production by keeping pseudoephedrine

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New House Conservative Caucus leadership setting up agenda

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In the last legislative session, the House Conservative Caucus championed both successful and unsuccessful causes. Their work included supporting HB 1631, which set the framework for photo voter ID in Missouri, as well as SB 656, the gun bill which just passed through veto session. However, the failure of SJR 39, the

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Missouri at the RNC: Day One

With the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, the Missouri Times will be featuring daily updates of the Republicans who have decided to attend the convention in Ohio. Rep. Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton met Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., on her flight into Cleveland Sunday, and state committeewoman and RNC delegate Sara Walsh met


Education funding bill passes House over Nixon, Democratic opposition

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House debated and passed two education bills, SBs 586 and 651, Tuesday morning that some Democrats argued lower the ability to fully fund schools, while Republican supporters said it would make funding goals more achievable. Republicans, including the bill’s handler Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, said it was necessary to put

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Texts from the Trail: Once upon a time in Missouri

Missouri Republicans devolved into open warfare against each other. A pro Right-to-Work group funded by Republicans fired the latest shot in the civil war with the launch of a website and paid media campaign against republican caucus members who didn’t support the bill. Reading the website boughtandpaidfor.net made me think of another such story. Once upon a time,

House Education Appropriations Committee holds oversight hearing on federal funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The House Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee held an oversight hearing on Missouri’s use of federal funds Tuesday with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education providing testimony. Chairman Kurt Bahr, R-St. Charles, said the hearing took place in part for the committee members to educate themselves better on the various

Representative Bahr Highlights the Notable Success of NPLEx in the Second Quarter of 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Missouri State Representative Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon) praised the 2015 second quarter data from the state’s real-time, stop-sale pseudoephedrine (PSE) tracking system, known as the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). Missouri is joined by 31 other states that employ NPLEx, to ensure that PSE is not purchased in quantities over the legally