Rick Stream http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis County Executive Candidates Shy Away From Backing City-County Union http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-executive-candidates-shy-away-backing-city-county-union <p>Talk about ending the "Great Divorce" between St. Louis and St. Louis County has churned on for years. But discussions have heated up in recent months.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 03:09:36 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Executive Candidates Shy Away From Backing City-County Union On The Issues: Stream And Pousosa Share Vision For St. Louis County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/issues-stream-and-pousosa-share-vision-st-louis-county <p>As St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve&nbsp;Stenger,&nbsp;D-Affton, duke it out in the Democratic primary for county executive, two Republicans are engaged in a relatively low-profile primary for the post.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:19:53 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37514 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On The Issues: Stream And Pousosa Share Vision For St. Louis County Stream And Pousosa Engage In Low-Velocity County Executive Primary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stream-and-pousosa-engage-low-velocity-county-executive-primary <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Councilman Steve </span>Stenger, D-Affton,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> duke it out in a very public fashion, a lower-key primary is transpiring on the Republican side. Missouri House Budget Chairman Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, and Green Park Alderman Tony </span>Pousosa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are angling to reach the November election, with both emphasizing their professional experience and personal styles.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:16:27 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 37507 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stream And Pousosa Engage In Low-Velocity County Executive Primary Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/compromise-private-school-transfers-may-be-out-reach-lawmakers-say <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a veto of the <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/14info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=27723589">school transfer bill</a> all but certain, Missouri lawmakers who worked on the wide-ranging legislation say they hoped a compromise could still be reached on the question of using public money to pay tuition at nonsectarian private schools.</span></p><p>But they acknowledged that it won’t be easy coming up with terms that will please Republicans and Democrats, urban, suburban and rural lawmakers — and Gov. Jay Nixon.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:29:42 +0000 Dale Singer 36685 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-sends-student-transfer-bill-nixon-private-option-intact <p><em><strong>(Updated 10 a.m. Friday, May 16)</strong></em></p><p>The Missouri House has passed the so-called student transfer fix, sending it to Gov. Jay Nixon one day before the end of the 2014 legislative session.</p><p>Senate Bill 493 would allow for individual school buildings to be accredited instead of the district as a whole, and it would create regional authorities to oversee student transfers.</p><p>Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, praised the bill late Thursday as "the most far-reaching education reform measure in decades."</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 01:58:18 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Jo Mannies 36180 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Sends Student Transfer Bill To Nixon With 'Private Option' Intact 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 Normandy Transition Panel Hones Ideas, Lawmakers Grapple With Transfer Issue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/normandy-transition-panel-hones-ideas-lawmakers-grapple-transfer-issue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A task force charged with making recommendations for the future of the Normandy School District finished meeting Monday and plans to send its report to state education officials later this week.</span></p><p>Carole Basile, dean of the school of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said she plans to take the discussions from the task force over the past several weeks and draw up a list of recommendations that she will submit to Chris Nicastro, Missouri’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:30:01 +0000 Dale Singer 36068 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Normandy Transition Panel Hones Ideas, Lawmakers Grapple With Transfer Issue House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/house-senate-negotiators-finish-work-missouri-budget <p>House and Senate budget negotiators have finalized the 12 remaining bills that make up Missouri's state budget for Fiscal Year 2015.</p><p>Both sides signed off on increasing funding for K-12 schools by $114.8 million. If Gov. Jay Nixon's rosier revenue projections hold true, school spending would get a $278 million spending hike. Higher education would increase by $43 million, about 5 percent. State Rep. Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, chairs the House Budget Committee. He said they also put money in next year's budget to help finance a new state mental hospital at Fulton.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:27:47 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35913 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org House, Senate Negotiators Finish Work On Missouri Budget Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-house-amends-then-passes-student-transfer-fix <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The Missouri House has passed an amended version of a Senate bill designed to lessen the impact of the state's student transfer law.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 08:38:26 +0000 Marshall Griffin 35752 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri House Amends, Then Passes, Student Transfer Fix Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/second-half-missouri-2014-legislative-session-underway-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second half of Missouri's 2014 regular session is underway. Leaders in both chambers and from both parties remain focused on crafting a state budget and on easing the burden of the state's student transfer law — but they remain divided on expanding Medicaid. </span></p><p></p><p><strong>Medicaid expansion a 'nonstarter'</strong></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34702 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Second Half Of Missouri 2014 Legislative Session Underway