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State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis.
Courtesy of Nasheed's office

A joint House-Senate legislative committee on education got an earful on failing K-12 schools in Missouri's urban areas.

The committee initially met Wednesday to hear a progress report on replacing Common Core State Standards with standards drafted by Missouri-based education work groups. Those work groups were created by the passage last year of a bill scrapping Common Core in Missouri.

Judy Baxter, via Flickr

For any school district, the path to success is rarely clear, but in Missouri, new numbers create a MAP that is particularly hard to read.

And that picture is likely to remain fuzzy for a few more years at least.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 4, 2013 - A Missouri House panel that held hearings on education throughout the state this fall says tuition for students transferring from unaccredited districts is too high, making it difficult for those sending districts to make financial plans.

Tim Jones converses with supporters of Medicaid expansion.
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones contends that Gov. Jay Nixon’s latest objection to the tax-cut measure sitting on his desk is “a red herring” that the governor is using to make his expected veto more palatable.

Jones, R-Eureka, was referring to the discovery by Nixon and his staff that the tax-cut bill, HB253, would eliminate the state’s longstanding sales tax exemption on prescription drugs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: One goal for all is not likely to be an equitable system. We should push back against the Common Core imposition with teacher professional development, socio-culturally responsive curricula, and project-, performance-, and portfolio-based assessments work at the most local level.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Missouri’s top education officials are doing their best to dispel what they say are common misconceptions about common core school standards.

In emails, conference calls, online videos and meetings in each of the state’s eight congressional districts, personnel from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education fanned out to explain what the standards are, what they aren’t and how they are designed to help Missouri students score higher on standardized tests.