Missouri state commission told low pay, lack of support is fueling teacher shortage

BY: - August 4, 2022

Teachers, school administrators and advocacy groups on Wednesday laid out for a state commission a long list of grueling conditions they say drive educators out of the industry.   At the third meeting of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Blue Ribbon Commission — created by the State Board of Education — testimony focused on low pay, […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a Thursday letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats argue that due to inflation and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, student loan borrowers […]

Licensed home daycares can exempt related kids from max capacity under new Missouri law

BY: - July 26, 2022

Home-based child care providers are permitted to exempt up to two children related to them from being counted toward their maximum capacity under a new law that went into effect this month. That means providers like Debbie George, who has operated a daycare in Hallsville for nearly 36 years, won’t have to leave two slots […]

A Missouri council is looking to combat school-to-prison pipeline for students with disabilities

BY: - July 25, 2022

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Studies show that students of color  and students with disabilities are suspended and referred to police more often than their peers in schools across Missouri. This disproportionate rate of discipline can disrupt their education and push these students into the criminal justice system. A new Missouri grant […]

FEC member pans decision not to investigate groups that helped elect Greitens in 2016

BY: - July 14, 2022

A member of the Federal Election Commission is criticizing her agency’s failure to fully investigate groups that funneled $6 million of anonymous money into Missouri to boost Eric Greitens’ 2016 campaign for governor.  Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, said in an official statement of reasons made public this week that the scheme “was clearly designed […]

Schools for sale: What happens to Kansas City Public Schools buildings after they close

BY: - July 11, 2022

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon.  Askew Elementary School has been vacant for more than a decade. The inside shows signs of the nearly 100-year-old building’s age and long disuse. Walls are peeling, debris litters the floor and some classroom ceiling panels have fallen. To enter the former school for a July […]

Missouri governor signs bill requiring schools test, filter water for lead

BY: - July 1, 2022

Efforts to eliminate lead in school drinking water got a huge boost on Friday, as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed off on legislation requiring testing and also gave his approval to $27 million in federal funds to help schools install filters. The new law, which goes into effect Aug. 28, requires schools to test their […]

Missouri charter schools will receive millions in state funds with governor’s signature

BY: - June 29, 2022

Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a bill to infuse over $60 million in state funding into charter schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Doug Richey, R-Excelsior Springs, aims to close a discrepancy in funding allocated to charter schools versus traditional public schools that was the result of outdated property values. The law will […]

Missouri AG, Georgia nonprofit communicated for months before school subpoenas

BY: - June 27, 2022

In 2018, a rash of students were dying by suicide in southwest Missouri. The Neosho School District wasn’t immune. “We were averaging about a suicide-and-a-half a year,” said Jim Cummins, the district superintendent. “And we knew that that couldn’t continue.” The district of roughly 4,600 students launched “a full frontal assault” to address the issue, […]

Lawsuit threat forces open teacher retention commission meeting

BY: - June 16, 2022

Under the threat of a lawsuit, the state education department late Thursday reversed plans to close the doors on the first meeting of a commission appointed to study teacher recruitment and retention. The initial closing raised concerns from some lawmakers who serve on the commission and the Missouri National Education Association, worried the plan to […]

‘No live controversy exists’: Judge rules against Schmitt in Columbia schools mask case

BY: - June 16, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Thursday lost on almost every point raised to prevent dismissal of his office’s lawsuit against Columbia Public Schools over its mask mandate. Circuit Judge Josh Devine, in a ruling in one of the highest-profile mask cases, wrote that the district had not required students to wear masks for more than […]

Missouri attorney general subpoenas school districts over student surveys

BY: - June 8, 2022

Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Wednesday that he’s issued subpoenas to seven school districts across the state as part of his ongoing investigation into school districts’ curriculum and practices. Schmitt, who is running in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, said in a news release that the subpoenas target student surveys that his office characterized […]