Biden proposal on transgender student athletes met with praise but also questions

BY: - April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Transgender legal scholars and advocates say they were relieved to see the Biden administration extend some protections for transgender students’ sports participation at a time when bans are being enacted by multiple states. But they say they remain cautious about the effect on high school and college sports. For two years, the U.S. […]

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

Biden administration warns U.S. House GOP debt limit bill would slash education

BY: - April 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday said House Republicans’ debt limit proposal would cut vital education programs and harm vulnerable students across the U.S., such as those who are low income or have a disability. “It would be taking us backwards,” Cardona said on a call with reporters. U.S. House Speaker Kevin […]

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A pandemic experiment in universal free school meals gains traction in the states

BY: - April 21, 2023

WASHINGTON —  Every public school kid in the United States was eligible for free school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of family income, thanks to the federal government. While that’s now ended, a growing number of states across the country are enacting universal school meal laws to bolster child food security and academic equity. […]

Governor appoints 3 new members to University of Missouri System Board of Curators

BY: - April 18, 2023

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson appointed three new members to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators on Monday. Robert Blitz, Robert Fry and Jeanne Sinquefield must be confirmed by the state Senate before joining the board, which meets Thursday. They are not included in a list of nominations to be considered by the Senate’s Gubernatorial […]

Missouri House hearing on ‘parents bill of rights’ centers on diversity education

BY: - April 12, 2023

A prohibition on diversity curriculum in public schools was the focus of debate Wednesday in a Missouri House committee, as lawmakers heard testimony on the Senate version of “parents bill of rights” legislation. Sen. Andrew Koenig, a Manchester Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation doesn’t explicitly ban “critical race theory” but instead describes […]

Biden rule on transgender athletes would set conditions on school sports bans

BY: - April 7, 2023

The Biden administration will advance a rule to make it more difficult for schools to exclude transgender youth athletes from competition based on their gender identity, a senior U.S. Education Department official told reporters Thursday. The proposed rule would prohibit blanket bans of transgender athletes competing in sports consistent with their gender identity. But it […]

Missouri House approves legislation seeking to boost minimum teacher salaries

BY: - April 7, 2023

A wide-ranging education bill cleared the Missouri House this week that includes a boost to minimum teacher salaries from $25,000 to $38,000.  The bill also seeks to increase the amount the state can give school districts for each years’ operating budget. The bill now heads to the Missouri Senate.  Missouri ranks 50th in average starting […]

Open enrollment gets hearing in Missouri Senate

BY: - April 4, 2023

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would allow a school district to  accept transfer students from outside its boundaries. The bill narrowly passed the Missouri House last month on a 85-69 vote. “Providing access to instructional programs and classes that may not be available in every resident district. [Open enrollment] […]

Passing the paddle: Some Missouri school districts cling to corporal punishment

BY: - April 3, 2023

Early on in his administrative career, longtime Missouri educator Chris Belcher had what he called the worst experience of his life. “The kid screamed, and I felt awful,” he said. He didn’t want to do it, but he had to. It was the 1980s, and Belcher was told to paddle a student who was enrolled […]

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.  […]