Scott Sifton

Unaccredited School Districts
2:29 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Compromise On Private School Transfers May Be Out Of Reach, Lawmakers Say

A year after the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the student transfer law, unaccredited districts like Normandy are still up in the air about what the fall will bring.
Credit / KWMU Staff

With a veto of the school transfer bill 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.

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.

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Student Transfers
2:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Negotiations Completed Over Student Transfer Bill That Includes Private Option

Gov. Jay Nixon prepares to address reporters in his office in the Capitol on May 13, 2014.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 6:12 p.m.)

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.

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.

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Student Transfer Law
9:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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On the Trail
10:18 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Is There A Democrat To Take On Schweich In 2014?

State Auditor Tom Schweich is in an enviable electoral position after Democrat Jay Swearingen dropped out of this year's auditor's race. Democrats do have candidates that could mount credible campaigns. But the question is whether any of them will run.
Credit Provided by the auditor's office

Democrats may be deciding between "fight or flight" when it comes to taking on state Auditor Tom Schweich in November.

Last week, state Rep. Jay Swearingen, D-North Kansas City, bowed out of the state auditor's contest. He told the Associated Press that he wanted to step aside for another Democrat who's better able to raise money for the race.

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Politically Speaking
1:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Politically Speaking: Sen. Sifton On The Senate's Role In Veto Session, Ethics Reform And More

Sen. Scott Sifton joins the Politically Speaking podcast.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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School Transfers
6:19 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Kirkwood Administrators Hear Concerns, Say They Are Ready To Support Incoming Students

John Davidson donates a $100 check to help provide resources for transfer students, challenges other people attending an informational meeting at Kirkwood High School to do the same.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Just weeks away from its implementation, the Kirkwood School District held an informational meeting Tuesday night to answer questions from parents and residents about the school transfer process.

The basic message from speakers was this: The system is flawed, the law is broken, there wasn’t nearly enough planning, the legislature is dysfunctional, and what happens if we get sued?  But we need to do everything in our power to make sure the incoming students get the best possible education we can provide.

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lobbyists' gifts
5:42 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Mo. Sen. Candidate Wants Ban On All Lobbyist Gifts To State Lawmakers

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Democratic candidate for the Missouri Senate is calling for a ban on all gifts from lobbyists to state lawmakers, and accusing his opponent of accepting more gifts and free meals over the past decade than any other Missouri legislator.

Scott Sifton (D, Affton) is a member of the Missouri House and is trying to unseat incumbent State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) in the 1st Senate District that covers most of South County.  Sifton accuses Lembke of accepting 560 gifts over the past 10 years.

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Senior Citizen Tax Relief
3:13 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Local lawmakers push tax relief bills for struggling seniors

Inice Walker (at right) struggles to pay rising property taxes on her home in St. Louis County. State Rep. Scott Sifton (at left) is sponsoring a bill to help seniors stay in their homes.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Tax Day can be a tough time for anyone, but it’s especially hard for seniors facing rising personal property taxes on a fixed income. That’s according to some local lawmakers who are asking the state to give seniors a break.

State Representatives Jill Shupp and Scott Sifton are pushing two bills in Missouri’s legislature to help seniors:

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