K-12

Missouri Budget
9:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Missouri Senate Passes Budget Bills For K-12, Higher Education

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has so far passed five of the 13 bills that make up the state budget for next year.

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Missouri Budget
8:16 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Nixon Cuts $22 Million In Education Funding, Says GOP Lawmakers Forced His Hand

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Because of a dispute over how much money to put in this year's supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon has cut $22 million from public schools and higher education.  

Nixon, a Democrat, announced Thursday that he's cutting $15.6 million from the current budget for K-12 schools, $3.2 million from community colleges, and $3.2 million from four-year institutions. 

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Missouri Budget
7:49 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Missouri Senate Committee Begins Reviewing State Budget Passed By House

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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate have begun their review of the state's spending plan for Fiscal Year 2015.

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School Bond Audit
10:22 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Audit Claims Mo. K-12 Schools Could Save Money By Changing Bond Bidding Process

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A state audit released Tuesday finds that local governments and school districts in Missouri have cost themselves $43 million by not allowing competition for underwriting public bonds.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) cites the practice of negotiated bond sales, in which an underwriter is hired in advance and sometimes acts as a financial advisor to the local government that issues the bond.

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Education
6:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Nixon Pledges To Raise Missouri's K-12 Budget Next Year

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) speaking to K-12 education officials in Jefferson City on Oct. 23, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Two days after pledging to significantly raise Missouri's Higher Education budget next year, Governor Jay Nixon (D) on Wednesday pledged to do the same for the state's public schools.

Nixon told K-12 school leaders in Jefferson City that the state's AAA credit rating and improving economy will enable his administration to spend more money on educating Missouri's children.

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Missouri K-12 Schools
6:35 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Mo. NEA President Chris Guinther Talks K-12 Funding & Common Core In Exit Interview

Mo. NEA Pres. Chris Guinther
Missouri NEA

Chris Guinther is wrapping up her final month as President of the Missouri chapter of the National Education Association. She’s led the teachers’ union since 2007, and will return to the classroom full-time at Francis Howell schools in St. Charles.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin sat down with Guinther recently, where she talked about the challenges she says are facing Missouri’s public schools:

Some good news that reflects positively on Missouri’s public schools

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K-12 schools
7:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

DESE Moving To Fully Implement 'Common Core State Standards'

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

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K-12 schools
3:36 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Teaching Of Evolution In K-12 Schools Would Be Regulated Under Mo. House Bill

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State and local-level school officials would be required to develop guidelines for teaching evolution under legislation making its way through the Missouri House.

If passed, school districts would have to, “encourage students to explore scientific questions” regarding the “strengths and weaknesses” of both biological and chemical evolution.  The sponsor, State Representative Andrew Koenig (R, Winchester), says House Bill 179 stresses academic freedom.

“It does not mandate curriculum to the teacher," Koenig said.  "It’s really up to the school district, and if evolution is gonna be taught, it just allows them to teach the scientific strengths and weaknesses.”

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Politics: K-12 budget
7:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Record funding for K-12, but Mo. education budget still below formula level

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A new spending plan for K-12 education in Missouri is now law.

Gov. Jay Nixon signed the education budget last night at a Kansas City-area Boys State event.

The budget includes record funding for public schools, but remains below the levels called for in the state's education funding formula. A fix was supposed to be a priority for lawmakers in the last legislative session, but the Republican Party couldn't agree on a solution.

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Mo. 2012 legislative session
1:26 am
Sat May 19, 2012

2012 Missouri legislative session ends

Mo. Capitol
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Missouri lawmakers have wrapped up the 2012 legislative session.  They passed 115 bills this year, nearly 50 of them on the final day alone.  But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin tells us, several high-priority issues didn’t make it to the finish line.

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