Governor demands resignation of David Steelman from University of Missouri curators

BY: - April 22, 2021

Gov. Mike Parson is demanding that David Steelman, the longest-serving member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, resign to make way for a replacement. In a letter dated April 14, Parson wrote to Steelman that an orderly process for replacing curators in expired terms “is critical at this juncture in order to provide […]

Rep. Chuck Basye

Bill banning trans students from sports teams by gender wins support of Missouri House

BY: - April 21, 2021

After hours of fierce debate that spanned the course of two days, the Missouri House on Wednesday signed off on a prohibition on transgender students participating on the sports teams that match their gender identity. The provision, offered as an amendment by Rep. Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, to House Bill 1141 was adopted by a vote […]

Pushback against ‘vaccine passports’ puts colleges in a quandary

BY: - April 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Florida’s Nova Southeastern University joined a small group of U.S. colleges on April 1, when the private research university announced that it would require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. In a message posted on the university’s website, NSU’s president and CEO, Dr. […]

An empty pre-school classroom with wooden desks.

Missouri pre-K programs have room to grow. Advocates hopeful progress is on the horizon

BY: - April 19, 2021

Missouri’s state-funded preschool programs met quality benchmarks but have room to grow to serve a wider swath of children, according to a new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Published Monday, The 2020 State of Preschool Yearbook assessed pre-kindergarten funding, enrollment and quality for state-funded […]

Rep. Brad Pollitt on the House floor.

Missouri open enrollment bill sparks debate over segregation, consolidation

BY: - April 14, 2021

As bills expanding charter schools and creating new scholarship accounts for private school tuition make their way through the process, one piece of legislation is trying to give students more options within the public schools that already exist. House Bill 543, sponsored by Rep. Brad Pollitt, R-Sedalia, would establish the “Public School Open Enrollment Act.” […]

Biden pitches big boosts in education and health spending in budget request

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration released a key portion of its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year Friday, calling for increasing money for schools, public health programs, cancer research and other discretionary programs that it says have been underfunding for too long. The president’s $1.5 trillion request seeks to spend $769 billion on discretionary […]

Parson cut deal with Democrats to pave Graves’ path to University of Missouri curators

BY: - April 9, 2021

Republican Gov. Mike Parson cut a deal this week with Senate Democrats to break a filibuster over the nomination of former Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Democrats were promised a chance to screen potential nominees so at least one of two St. Louis-area seats will be given […]

Todd Graves approved for University of Missouri curators despite bipartisan filibuster

BY: - April 7, 2021

A bipartisan coalition of state Senators was unable to stop politically connected Kansas City attorney Todd Graves from winning a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators. After a two-round filibuster — three hours last week and eight more hours ending around 1 a.m. Wednesday — the Senate voted 19-13 to give the […]

How the pandemic pushed Missouri moms to redefine their relationship with work

BY: - April 5, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, Deanna Munoz of Kansas City had to adapt to remote work and adjust to a new position at her corporate job, all with three kids learning remotely. Then on Oct. 22, Munoz’s brother died from COVID-19. A few days later, her mother died of a heart attack, on the way to his […]

Missouri Sen. Cindy O'Laughlin, R-Shelbina.

Missouri senators try to find common ground on education issues as end of session looms

BY: - April 2, 2021

Missouri Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin knew coming into her position last year as the chair of the Senate Education Committee that she would have minds to change. She has been outspoken in her desire for education reform, and amid the pandemic has made clear her frustration with public schools who “have a monopoly on public education.” […]

Senate committee approves Todd Graves nomination to University of Missouri curators

BY: - March 31, 2021

Former Missouri Republican Party Chairman Todd Graves is one step closer to a seat on the University of Missouri Board of Curators following a Senate committee vote that saw bipartisan support and opposition to his appointment. One Democrat — Sen. Brian Williams of Ferguson —  joined six Republicans in the 7-4 vote in the Gubernatorial […]

UM curator worried he’d lose his seat if he didn’t ‘play ball’ with controversial lobbyist

BY: - March 31, 2021

In late February, University of Missouri Curator David Steelman raised objections that one of the system’s lobbyists — former House Speaker Steve Tilley — was using his connections to the university to seek business for other clients. Steelman called the arrangement “an obvious conflict,” and openly worried that if he didn’t “play ball” he would […]