David Pearce http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/negotiations-completed-over-student-transfer-bill-includes-private-option <p><em><strong>(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)</strong></em></p><p>House and Senate negotiators have wrapped up work on a final version of a bill to ease the burden of Missouri’s student transfer law.</p><p>Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited, instead of the school district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee transfers.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:53:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin 36080 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-passes-student-transfer-bill-less-24-hours <p><strong><em>(Story updated at 5:42 p.m. to include today's 3rd-read vote by the full Senate that sent SB 493 to the Missouri House.)</em></strong></p><p>After spending two days debating and amending legislation to lessen the effects of Missouri's student transfer law, the state Senate overwhelmingly passed it Thursday.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:42:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Passes Student Transfer Bill In Less Than 24 Hours Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-senate-begins-debate-student-transfer-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri Senate has begun debate on legislation to lessen the effects of the state's student transfer law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The wide-ranging bill attempts to address both the law and unaccredited districts. &nbsp;Provisions&nbsp;within <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27723589">Senate Bill 493</a> include accrediting individual school buildings instead of districts as a whole and creating regional authorities across the state to oversee transfers.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:22:04 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34003 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Senate Begins Debate On Student Transfer Bill Wide-Ranging Student Transfer Bill Passed By Mo. Senate Committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wide-ranging-student-transfer-bill-passed-mo-senate-committee <p>Nine bills that either directly addressed or were related to school transfers and accreditation were combined into one bill and passed Thursday by the Missouri Senate's Education Committee.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:37:52 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33888 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wide-Ranging Student Transfer Bill Passed By Mo. Senate Committee Mo. Lawmakers Want Performance To Play Role In Higher Ed. Funding While Nixon Reverses $8.5M In Cuts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-want-performance-play-role-higher-ed-funding-while-nixon-reverses-85m-cuts <p><em><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Updated at 6:03 p.m. to include details on a House-Sen. joint committee's proposal to use performance-based criteria in a new Higher Ed. funding formula.</span></em></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">A joint House-Senate panel is recommending performance play a role in how much money Missouri’s colleges and universities get from the state each year.</span></p><p><span style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">Panel members on Monday released a proposed Higher Education funding formula, which would include performance measurement in such things as student enrollment/retention, the number of research programs at an institution, and public service to the surrounding community or state.&nbsp;&nbsp;State Senator David Pearce (R, Warrensburg) chairs the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/jced/index.htm">Joint Committee on Education</a>. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:05:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin, The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 8968 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Lawmakers Want Performance To Play Role In Higher Ed. Funding While Nixon Reverses $8.5M In Cuts Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/suburban-rural-senators-battle-over-k-12-funding-mo <p>The Missouri Senate is wrestling with <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=28">legislation that would tweak the state&rsquo;s public school funding formula</a>.</p><p>The bill is pitting rural and suburban senators against each other.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm">&nbsp;David Pearce&nbsp;</a>(R, Warrensburg) chairs the Senate Education Committee and represents&nbsp;part of rural&nbsp;west central Missouri.&nbsp; He&nbsp;sponsors the bill that would more evenly spread K-12 funding by siphoning it off from richer suburban districts, primarily those near St. Louis. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:14:13 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3519 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Suburban & rural Senators battle over K-12 funding in Mo. Missouri facing $500M hole in upcoming budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-facing-500m-hole-upcoming-budget <p>Missouri lawmakers will be trying to plug a half-billion-dollar gap in next year&#39;s budget when they convene their 2012 session on Wednesday.</p><p>State budget director Linda Luebbering says much of the hole is due to a reduction in federal money, such as stimulus funds and Medicaid payments.&nbsp; However, State&nbsp;Senator David Pearce&nbsp;(R, Warrensburg)&nbsp;suggests that that number is not set in stone.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 21:18:04 +0000 The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 2782 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri facing $500M hole in upcoming budget Panel tweaks redrawn Mo. Senate redistricting map http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/panel-tweaks-redrawn-mo-senate-redistricting-map <p>A six-judge panel that <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-missouri-state-house-senate-redistricting-maps-released">redrew Missouri&rsquo;s State House and Senate districts</a> has <a href="http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/documents/120911/Senate%20Apportionment%20Plan%208.5x11%20Statewide.pdf">made&nbsp;a few changes</a>&nbsp;to the Senate map.</p><p>The original map had raised constitutional concerns because it divided rural Johnson County in western Missouri among two separate Senate districts.&nbsp; The county is represented in the Senate by Republican<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm"> David Pearce </a>of Warrensburg. Fri, 09 Dec 2011 22:40:11 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2651 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Panel tweaks redrawn Mo. Senate redistricting map Mo. panel wants performance funding for colleges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-panel-wants-performance-funding-colleges <p>A task force is recommending that funding for universities and community colleges in Missouri be based in part on graduation rates and other performance-based criteria.</p><p>The recommendation was presented today in Jefferson City to the state&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.dhe.mo.gov/cbhe/"> Coordinating Board for Higher Education</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem31.htm">State&nbsp;Senator&nbsp;David Pearce&nbsp;</a>(R,&nbsp;Warrensburg)&nbsp;chairs the Senate Education Committee. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:52:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 2639 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. panel wants performance funding for colleges Nixon wants performance-based funding for Mo. universities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-wants-performance-based-funding-mo-universities <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;wants to move Missouri&rsquo;s universities and community colleges&nbsp;back to a performance-based funding model.</p><p>It would mark a return to the way business was once conducted.&nbsp; Graduation rates and similar markers were used as a basis for funding public colleges in Missouri, but the system was dumped a decade ago during an economic recession. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 02:39:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1944 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon wants performance-based funding for Mo. universities