Tag: Mike Lair

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 […]

Rusty Black announces to replace Lair

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. – Missouri’s 7th State House District may very possibly be held by another retired Republican teacher, as Rep. Mike Lair is term limited. Rusty Black, a longtime teacher and FFA sponsor from Chillicothe, announced his bid last week to a crowd of supporters saying he is driven by […]

Bahr pushes to consolidate rural school districts

Saint Louis, Mo. — In some of Missouri’s most rural communities, school districts can be simply microscopic in size. Rep. Kurt Bahr is looking to change that as lawmakers continue to wrangle over broader reforms. Bahr, R-St. Charles, sits as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations for Elementary and […]

Lawmakers divided on DESE request for emergency funds

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Earlier this week, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requested, on behalf of the Normandy School District, $6.8 million in emergency funds. Normandy, an unaccredited school district, has seen more than 1,100 students transfer to Francis Howell School District in St. Charles, because of […]

Committees focusing on education issues on the eve of veto session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After a summer plagued by a rocky student transfer process and a legislative session that featured multiple votes on polarizing education reform measures, House and Senate lawmakers are gearing up for legislative fixes across a wide swath of issues relating to public education. In back-to-back hearings, […]