schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri House, Senate Approve Separate Open Records Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-senate-approve-separate-open-records-bills <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">The Missouri House and Senate have each approved measures that would renew expired security exemptions to the open meetings and records law.</SPAN></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Both chambers voted Thursday to shield public buildings' security plans and law enforcement guidelines for terrorism incidents from public records requests. The two exemptions expired at the end of 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp;State Representative&nbsp;Vicki Englund&nbsp;(D, Tesson)&nbsp;says the legislation will help protect children while at school. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:27:53 +0000 The Associated Press, Sean Sandefur & Marshall Griffin 9316 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House, Senate Approve Separate Open Records Bills Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-schools-children-and-poverty <p>The St. Louis Post Dispatch recently published an article by Mr. Krehmeyer reporting on the link between poverty and lack of school success. It indicated that with various actions we can do a lot to improve school results in poverty areas. I think that thought has merit. I commend what the author, Chris Krehmeyer, has to say. However in my mind the real issue is “do we really want to erase poverty and do we have the will to truly turn around failing school systems and help children out of poverty?” I ask because I have heard the words so many times. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:33:00 +0000 Susan Uchitelle 7560 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Schools, Children and Poverty McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-returns-campaign-trail <p>Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is back on the campaign trail, attacking her opponent, Republican Congressman &nbsp;Todd Akin for his stance on the school lunch program. It was McCaskill’s first public appearance since<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/betty-anne-mccaskill-mother-mo-sen-claire-mccaskill-dies-84"> the passing of her mother</a>, Betty Anne.</p><p>In previous campaigns, the Senator would often bring her mother up on the stump.</p><p>McCaskill said her passing has been “tumultuous."</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:25:39 +0000 Chris McDaniel & Tina Eaton 5972 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Returns To The Campaign Trail Akin: Feds should not be funding school lunches http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/akin-feds-should-not-be-funding-school-lunches <p>Every year, politicians descend on the <a href="http://www.mostatefair.com/home">Missouri State Fair</a> in Sedalia to attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and woo voters, and almost every year someone says something controversial.</p><p>This year was no exception.</p><p><a href="http://akin.house.gov/">Second District U.S. Congressman</a> <a href="http://www.akin.org/">Todd Akin</a>, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate, was talking with reporters about his opposition to spending hikes for food stamps and other programs in the federal Farm Bill when he was asked what he thought about school lunch programs. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:02:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4339 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Akin: Feds should not be funding school lunches Firefighters sue school districts over transfers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/firefighters-sue-school-districts-over-transfers <p><em>Updated at 1:40 p.m. with additional information from the Lindbergh School District.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 2:45 p.m. with information from the Webster Groves School District.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 3:57 p.m. with a statement from the Kirkwood School District.</em></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:56:18 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2927 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Firefighters sue school districts over transfers Urban and rural Missourians divided by views on puppies, state spending http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/urban-and-rural-missourians-divided-views-puppies-state-spending-0 <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-974677.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-974677.mp3</a></p><p>The St. Louis metro area is considered Missouri&rsquo;s economic engine.&nbsp; But, it&rsquo;s in constant competition with both Kansas City and rural areas for state dollars for schools, roads and other needs.</p><p>Financial interests are not the only things that drive a wedge between city and country dwellers.&nbsp; In this installment of our series &ldquo;Bound by Division,&rdquo; St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Marshall Griffin looks at how the divide between urban and rural interests often comes to a head in Jefferson City.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:54:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1489 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Urban and rural Missourians divided by views on puppies, state spending Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-march-29-2011 <p>Good morning! Here are a few of today&#39;s starting headlines:</p><p><strong>Missouri to apply for high-speed rail funding</strong></p><p>The State of Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between the state&#39;s two metropolitan areas. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis. Nixon&#39;s office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:46:43 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 823 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Archbishop presents future plans for St. Louis Catholic schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/archbishop-presents-future-plans-st-louis-catholic-schools <p><em><span class="small"><a href="http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics/95-Education/109118-catholic-schools-plot-big-changes-by-2018-">Reporting</a> from the The St. Louis Beacon&#39;s Dale Singer used in this report.</span></em></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:19:58 +0000 St. Louis Beacon & Kelsey Proud 808 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Archbishop presents future plans for St. Louis Catholic schools State poised to address East St. Louis schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-poised-address-east-st-louis-schools <p>Illinois&#39; education chief is giving <a href="http://www.estlps189.net/">East St. Louis&#39; school district</a> an ultimatum - fix the way it deals with some 1,500 special-education students or face &quot;aggressive actions,&quot; including having the school system dissolved.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:42:30 +0000 The Associated Press 789 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State poised to address East St. Louis schools Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-bill-would-allow-vouchers-private-schools <p>A state House member wants to amend the <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/moconstn.htm">Missouri Constitution</a> to let parents receive public funding to send children to religious schools.</p><p><a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HJR10&amp;year=2011&amp;code=R">The proposal</a> by Jefferson City Republican <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=114">Jay Barnes</a> would repeal a prohibition on public money going to religious schools. If approved by the full House and Senate, it would go on a statewide ballot.</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:47:20 +0000 The Associated Press 544 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. bill would allow vouchers for private schools