Rep. Doug Richey and Cindy O'Laughlin

Ahead of session, lawmakers scrutinize Missouri social studies standards, school boards

BY: - November 30, 2021

Missouri lawmakers trained their focus Tuesday on how school boards interact with the public and the ways in which history is taught in schools. For over three hours, the Joint Committee on Education discussed how social studies curriculum makes its way into the classroom, raising questions about whether the Sept. 11 attacks are taught and […]

Looming deadline leaves Missouri at risk of losing $2 billion in federal education funding

BY: - November 24, 2021

Missouri has so much money, coming so fast, from federal COVID-19 relief bills that it is in danger of losing almost $2 billion dedicated to schools. As Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven last week sought support for projects to improve teacher retention, members of the legislature’s Federal Stimulus Spending Subcommittee wanted to know how a key […]

How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill

BY: and - November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill. But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better measure […]

An image of a multistory building with a tall, glass entrance. It is a proposed industrial research complex at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Gov. Mike Parson wants ‘big ideas’ for using Missouri budget surplus

BY: - November 23, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson wants to do big things with the budget surplus of billions of dollars and federal aid coming to Missouri, state lawmakers were told last week. During a hearing of the Federal Stimulus Spending Subcommittee, higher education leaders offered their wish-list for projects the state couldn’t afford in the past. Southeast Missouri State […]

Virginia parents, GOP lawmakers vow national push for ‘parents’ rights’ in public schools

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and Virginia parents trying to capitalize on their success in the November election on Tuesday gathered across from the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to mask mandates and critical race theory. The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, told the small […]

Missouri AG sues Springfield schools in quest to find critical race theory documents

BY: - November 16, 2021

Attorney General Eric Schmitt alleges in a newly filed lawsuit that Springfield Public Schools wants to avoid scrutiny of its curriculum and training materials — and is violating the Missouri Sunshine law to do it. The district improperly demanded a deposit of more than $37,000 to search its records for instances where it incorporated elements […]

Missouri to provide teachers credit monitoring after reporter found security flaw

BY: - November 10, 2021

Nearly a month after a reporter identified a security flaw in a state website that exposed teachers’ social security numbers, the state announced Wednesday it was offering a year of credit monitoring services to hundreds of thousands of teachers whose personal information was put at risk According to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education […]

Lawsuit challenges ballot summary of Missouri petition barring private school vouchers

BY: - November 2, 2021

Proponents of an initiative petition that would ask voters to prohibit the state from issuing tax credits to offset the cost of private school tuition have filed a lawsuit alleging the ballot summary written by Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is misleading. In a lawsuit filed Oct. 15 in Cole County Circuit Court, Sherri Talbott, […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. He also faced calls for his resignation, including from U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who said Garland has “weaponized the FBI […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

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

Missouri School Boards’ Association withdraws from national org over letter to Biden

BY: - October 26, 2021

The Missouri School Boards’ Association withdrew from its parent organization last week over a letter the national organization sent calling for federal intervention to address acts of “domestic terrorism” at hostile school board meetings nationwide. Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA) members were informed of the decision in a letter sent Monday afternoon. The group’s executive […]

Student Wearing Mask in Classroom

Can you live on retirement benefits as a Kansas or Missouri teacher? It depends

BY: - October 18, 2021

This story was first published by The Kansas City Beacon. As local school systems are dealing with a teacher shortage, a new report ranks Missouri and Kansas in the bottom half of the pack nationally when it comes to state educator retirement programs. But a teachers union representative and the director of Missouri’s retirement program […]