COVID-19 impact

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday he will restrict $209 million in planned spending for June, largely affecting higher and K-12 education. 

Parson has already restricted more than $220 million due to budget constraints during the coronavirus, but he said withholding more now will hopefully allow for fewer cuts in the next fiscal year that begins in July. 

The Missouri Department of Corrections is starting to test all staff and inmates at two correctional facilities for the coronavirus.

The first phase of testing covers 3,500 people incarcerated or working at Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston and South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe said in a news conference earlier this week. The second phase will cover 2,900 people at the Chillicothe Correctional Center and the Algoa facility in Jefferson City.

This week, Missouri State Parks began its “phased reopenin

Missouri lawmakers capped an unprecedented 2020 legislative session by expanding access to absentee ballots during a pandemic and passing a wide-ranging crime bill — even as other priorities failed to get final approval.

And while the session featured some major budget moves aimed at combating the coronavirus, lawmakers from both parties expressed frustration about missed opportunities — and how the legislative process unfolded.

There’s now a template for how in-class learning will look once schools reopen in Missouri. Complying with it all will require some complicated geometry.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Center for Education published a nearly 100-page guidebook for schools on how to operate while navigating a pandemic. It calls for more cleaning and hygiene while eliminating or curtailing in-school activities like choir, recess and gym class, as well as many after-school ones.