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Do you have questions about what performance evaluations mean for your children and local schools?  We have put together a series of questions and answers to help you understand what this kind of policy calls for. If you still have questions, please contact the Missouri team.


April 16, 2014 via St. Louis Post- Dispatch

Appointed panel will run St. Louis schools for at least two more years

JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to give St. Louis Public Schools another two years under an appointed board — a situation intended to be temporary, but one that has endured since 2007. Full article

April 15, 2014 via St. Louis Public Radio

Normandy Faces Big Deficits — If It Survives

Depending on how tuition calculations for transfer students are figured for the coming school year, the Normandy School District — if it still exists — could end the upcoming school year with a deficit of as much as $11.7 million, district officials said Tuesday. Full article

April 14, 2014 via The Missourian

Missouri House passes bill to find Common Core replacement

JEFFERSON CITY — Lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives decided the Common Core Standards will remain in schools next year, but they appointed educators and parents to begin developing replacement standards. Full article

April 13, 2014 via Columbia Daily Tribune

Critics of Common Core State Standards are off base, teachers say

Critics of the Common Core State Standards have many problems with the academic standards, but teachers and education experts say in most cases their criticisms are misleading or simply false. Full article

April 12, 2014 via St. Louis Post- Dispatch

Charter, public schools aren’t governed by same rules

The editorial (" ‘Poverty is not destiny’ " April 4) describing the KIPP program was excellent. Before KIPP is granted carte blanche status for reforming the public schools in Missouri, however, I believe the public should understand the two schools, public and charter, are of a dissimilar nature. Therefore, the public school concept should not be looked upon by the public as inept, as some critics would infer. Full article

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March 14, 2014 posted by Matt Fields

Seeing Education Reform in Action at the Capitol

I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Capitol in Jefferson City, meet with legislators and voice my support for Senate Bill 493. SB 493 allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to a high- quality option close to their home. Read more

January 30, 2014 posted by Kit Crancer

Achievement Districts: A turnaround option for unaccredited schools

As a product of Missouri’s public schools, I know I received a great education. Can graduates of Kansas City, Riverview, and Normandy school districts say the same? Maybe, but students in those unaccredited districts face much tougher odds. Read more

October 31, 2013 posted by Paul Scott

Teacher evaluations: a tool for development

During my tenure as a legislator in Michigan, I chaired the Education Committee and championed teacher evaluations. Read more

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