Tag: education

State lawmakers call on Board of Education to ‘abandon efforts’ to oust Commissioner

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The hits keep coming as more and more lawmaker and officials express their displeasure with the attempt by Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration to oust Dr. Margie Vandeven, the commissioner for the Missouri State Board of Education. Earlier this week, officials from several education groups shared their […]

Missouri Community Colleges Association awards six legislators

BRANSON, Mo. – The Missouri Community Colleges Association (MCCA)’s convention and trade show, four legislators were awarded on Thursday evening for their support of Missouri Community Colleges. Rep. Jean Evans, Rep. John Weimann, Rep. Sandy Crawford, Rep. David Wood, and Sen. John Rizzo were recognized for their work in the […]

Missouri Legislature mourns loss of Mike Lair: educator, reader, friend

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mike “Coach” Lair passed away Tuesday at his home in Jefferson City at the age of 71. He represented the House District 7 for four terms, from 2008 to 2017. During his time, he was Chair of the House Appropriations-Education Committee from 2011 to 2015 and […]

Roberts partners with Firefighters, unions in organizing school supply drive

ST. LOUIS – Education and the state’s youth have long been a top priority for Rep. Steven Roberts, D-St. Louis, and his latest endeavor is just another example of how he intends to change some of the issues affecting his constituents. While speaking at the graduation ceremonies at Pamoja Preparatory […]

Local activist O’Laughlin rises amid state politics, considering running for election

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From the small town of Shelbina, Cindy O’Laughlin has become a well-known figure in conservative circles throughout the state. Throughout her career, she’s been a number of things: a dedicated wife and mother, a school board member, small business owner, an activist, and a staunch conservative. […]

House, Senate compromise on budget, still on schedule to pass before deadline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It looks as if the Missouri legislature might be able to get the budget to the governor’s desk by the Friday evening deadline after all. After rescheduling a meeting of the budget conference committees seven times, members of the House and Senate finally gathered in the […]

Libla details Senate effort to fund foundation formula on TWMP

ST. LOUIS – Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, visited the set of This Week in Missouri Politics for Sunday’s episode and discussed, among other things, the behind-the scenes process of fully funding the foundation formula for the first time in state history. Sen. Gary Romine, the Republican chair of the […]

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 […]

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 […]