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More than 120 K-12 education bills already filed for 2022 Missouri legislative session

BY: - December 20, 2021

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. During the past year, concerns about COVID policies, critical race theory and controversial books have highlighted tensions in public education. In addition, the pandemic has exacerbated teacher shortages and increased calls for “school choice” for families — which could include charter schools, virtual schools or state […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

Scholarships, guns, teaching about racism: Missouri higher education bills to watch

BY: - December 17, 2021

This story was originally published by the Kansas City Beacon. Expanding state financial aid programs, banning COVID-19 vaccine requirements on campus, and restricting lessons about racism and sexism are just some of the topics of higher education laws being proposed in the Missouri legislature. The next legislative session starts Jan. 5, but representatives and senators  […]

Missouri schools must comply with COVID ruling to win treasurer approval of bond deals

BY: - December 16, 2021

If school districts want to take advantage of a lower interest rate on bonds, Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is requiring them to certify compliance with a recent court ruling targeting local health orders before his office will approve of the deal. Fitzpatrick detailed the decision he described as “unprecedented” in an interview Wednesday with Missourinet. […]

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Confusion around COVID ruling swirls as two Missouri school districts end semester early

BY: - December 15, 2021

As a growing number of Missouri school districts drop COVID mitigation measures under threat from Attorney General Eric Schmitt, at least two closed the doors on their fall semester early due to large numbers of staff and students out sick. Meanwhile, local public health departments said Tuesday they still have not heard from the state […]

St. Louis County ends mask rule as school districts resist pressure from Schmitt

BY: and - December 9, 2021

St. Louis County abandoned its effort to maintain a mask mandate Thursday as Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s crusade to crush out all such orders statewide continued. Some school districts said they would not comply with “cease and desist” letters from Schmitt after his office began soliciting complaints about mask rules, citing their legal authority. But […]

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University of Missouri suspends vaccine rule after Biden order blocked by federal court

BY: - December 8, 2021

The University of Missouri stopped enforcing a federal coronavirus vaccine rule Tuesday after a federal judge in Georgia blocked President Joe Biden’s executive order imposing the requirement on federal contractors. In a message sent to employees on all four UM System campuses, President Mun Choi and campus chancellors wrote that the mandate is suspended while […]

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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 […]

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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 […]