St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson says some schools in the archdiocese will have to close in the years ahead to sustain Missouri's oldest and largest school system.
"I just think it's inevitable when you look at the number of children families are having," he said.
The Archbishop said school consolidations are also likely to play a bigger part in addressing shrinking enrollment and tuition revenue, as when three south county elementary schools consolidated last year to create Holy Cross Academy.
Closing arguments were heard today (Thursday) in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.
Debate centered around whether the so-called Grand Compromise Map passed by lawmakers last year meets the State Supreme Court’s definition of compactness. Gerry Greiman represents the plaintiffs. He argued that the map’s 5th District, which lumps Kansas City together with three rural counties, fails that test.
Senator Claire McCaskill says she is disappointed that a permanent ban on earmarks failed in the U.S. Senate Thursday.
The Missouri Democrat and a Republican colleague, Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania, attempted to attach the ban as an amendment to a bill outlawing insider trading by Congress. The attempt fell short of the 60 votes needed.
In a recorded statement provided by the Senator's office, McCaskill called earmarking a flawed process.
University of Missouri curators want to see more spending cuts in non-academic programs before they agree to raise tuition at the system's four campuses.
The governing board met Thursday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to discuss a proposed tuition increase for the 2012-13 academic year.
Administrators are recommending a 7.5 percent tuition increase for Missouri residents attending the Columbia campus and even larger increases at the St. Louis and Rolla campuses. The Kansas City campus would see a 3 percent increase.
Credit (via Gov. Nixon's office / video screen capture)
Jason Hall (at podium) with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Hall was Nixon's nominee to be the next director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development in late Dec. 2011. Hall has since resigned following the expiration of the deadline to confirm him.