Education

DOJ memo on threats to local school boards lambasted by Republicans at U.S. House hearing

BY: - March 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans on Thursday continued to press accusations that a “woke agenda” is deteriorating parents’ rights in their local school districts. The first hearing this Congress of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government convened to examine whether a 2021 Department of Justice memo played a role in […]

Missouri Senate approves four-year ban on medical procedures for transgender minors

BY: - March 21, 2023

After 13 hours of overnight debate, the Missouri Senate gave initial approval Tuesday morning to a pair of bills that would limit medical procedures for transgender children and place restrictions on transgender girls playing school sports. Both bills still need to be approved one more time by the Senate before being sent to the House. […]

Missouri homeschool families seek access to public school activities, teams

BY: - March 14, 2023

Homeschooled students came to Missouri’s Capitol last week in hopes they could convince lawmakers to allow them to participate in their local school district’s extracurricular activities. A pair of bills were debated by the Senate education and workforce development committee aimed at expanding access to activities like sports and clubs to students who are homeschooled.  […]

Impact of declining scores unclear as Missouri lawmakers continue education debate

BY: - March 13, 2023

As the Missouri House debated legislation last week to allow students to transfer out of their home district, rumors about the state’s declining school performance data lingered. When the numbers became public later in the day, lawmakers were quick to voice their opinions. Missouri students scored worse across the board from pre-pandemic levels, and 112 […]

Two yellow school buses are show in bright sunshine outside a two-story brick school building in Columbia, Missouri.

GOP bill mandating federal Parents Bill of Rights passed by U.S. House committee

BY: - March 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — A national “Parents Bill of Rights” is headed for a full U.S. House vote after the House Committee on Education and the Workforce early Thursday approved the measure designed to empower parents to inspect books and other teaching materials in schools. Lawmakers on the committee debated the GOP-backed bill that would federally mandate […]

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Open enrollment legislation wins first-round approval in Missouri House

BY: - March 7, 2023

Missouri lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill aimed at allowing students to transfer out of their home school district, adding a pair of amendments limiting its scope. The bill was approved Tuesday with 82 legislators voting in support — the exact number needed to reach a majority. Only one Democrat supported the measure, […]

Latest testing data show K-12 student performance dropped dramatically across Missouri

BY: - March 7, 2023

Missouri students did worse across the board on the latest round of standardized testing released Tuesday, with 112 districts and charter schools scoring low enough to be classified as provisionally accredited.  But the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or DESE, said it would not downgrade any districts this year because it is the first […]

Biden student debt relief plan met with skepticism from Supreme Court conservatives

BY: - February 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The majority conservative wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday that the Biden administration had the authority to implement a federal student debt relief program that was estimated to potentially aid millions of borrowers. The conservative justices, who hold a 6-3 majority on the court, questioned whether the Department of Education […]

Missouri state senator proposes expanding charter schools statewide

BY: - February 28, 2023

A state Senate committee debated Tuesday whether an expansion of charter schools would benefit Missouri’s students. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, the legislation seeks to allow charter schools to open in municipalities with a population greater than 30,000 people or in a county with a charter form a government. His bill does not […]

Black student loan borrowers at risk as U.S. Supreme Court weighs forgiveness plan

BY: - February 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — As the Biden administration prepares to defend its student debt cancellation program before the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 28, data shows that Black borrowers have the most to lose should a majority conservative court strike down the policy. Black borrowers hold a disproportionate share of student loan debt, and many likely were […]

Debate over allowing Missouri campus groups to limit membership focuses on discrimination

BY: - February 23, 2023

A bill that would allow religious and other belief-based organizations to refuse membership to certain students raised concerns Wednesday evening that it could open the door to discrimination on college campuses. The legislation, sponsored by Republican Rep. Brad Hudson of Cape Fair, would prohibit public colleges from denying funding to “belief-based” groups based on their […]

Missouri Senate conservatives stray from party on sweeping education bill

BY: - February 14, 2023

The Missouri Senate passed a sweeping education bill to the House on Tuesday that would create transparency requirements for school districts and ban them from teaching some diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum. The bill also seeks to add a patriotism course for teachers, open transportation funding to intradistrict transfer programs and increase funding for districts […]