Missouri Governor Bob Holden on Tuesday explained details of a proposal that calls for substantial budget cuts for the state's public schools. Missy Shelton prepared this report on the controversial announcement...
Crystal City, Mo. – The Crystal City School Board last night unanimously voted to fire a teacher for telling her students interracial couples should not have children.
The teacher, Jendra Loeffelman, has worked in the district for 13 years. Her lawyer says he hopes Loeffelman will appeal.
In public hearings this month, questions focused on exactly what Loeffelman said. Both sides of the debate agreed she said she opposed marriage between people of different races and suggested such couples should not have children.
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri's Governor says sparing the state's schools any more painful budget cuts will be difficult if lawmakers don't approve his plan to fix this year's budget.
Democrat Bob Holden is threatening $259 million in cuts to public schools. Holden says the cuts can be avoided only if lawmakers allow the state to sell bonds against a share of its future tobacco settlement proceeds. That bond sale would generate about $350 million for this year's budget, which runs through the end of June.