St. Louis, MO – St. Louis public school students could be wearing uniforms to class under a policy introduced Thursday night by district superintendent Kelvin Adams.
District policy does not allow the appointed board to order all students to wear uniforms, so the proposed new uniform policy requires two-thirds of parents in the district to approve any changes. Adams expects parents to be supportive once they understand his rationale.
Jefferson City, MO – In a surprising reversal, the Missouri House has defeated a bill that would have used $336 million in federal stimulus dollars to pay for numerous projects, just one day after giving the measure first-round approval.
It originally contained projects of statewide interest, but numerous regional projects were added on, prompting 32 Republicans to join 50 Democrats in voting "no." House Majority Floor Leader Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says there's a chance the bill could be brought back for another vote.
President Obama marked his 100th day in office by visiting the St. Louis suburb of Arnold. The president took questions at a town-hall meeting and laid out his vision for economic recovery.
Obama tempered his remarks by reiterating that the challenges confronting his administration have been unprecedented and there is still a long way to go. But, given the stakes that the country is facing the president said there is reason to be optimistic.
Jefferson City, MO – A proposed constitutional amendment that would give the governor more say in selecting judges for the State Supreme Court and lower courts will most likely die in the Missouri Senate.
The sponsor, State Senator Jim Lembke (R, St. Louis Co.) made that admission during floor debate today.
But he expressed confidence that an alternate version will make it onto the 2010 ballot via petition drive.