Mo. Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over School District Transfer Law

Mar 6, 2013
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The Missouri Supreme Court today heard arguments on Tuesday over a 20-year-old law that requires unaccredited school districts to pay tuition for students who transfer to nearby accredited schools.

Last year, St. Louis County Judge David Vincent III ruled that the law in question was both unconstitutional and unenforceable, and that it would create an unfunded mandate for unaccredited schools.  Attorney Elkin Kistner represents Gina Breitenfeld, a St. Louis woman who enrolled her children in the Clayton School district.

Mo. Bill Would Encourage ‘Evolution Dialogue’ In Classroom

Feb 22, 2013
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Legislation moving through the Missouri House would require state and local-level public school officials to encourage classroom discussion on the, quote, “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution.

The sponsor, GOP House Member Andrew Koenig of St. Louis County, says the bill 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.”

DESE Backs President’s Pre-K Proposal

Feb 20, 2013
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Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education supports President Obama’s new Universal Pre-K proposal. The proposed program is still under development.

Proponents cite numerous studies that show children respond well to learning at younger ages. It fosters a better student for future teachers, and a higher rate of graduation.

Sarah Potter is the Communications Coordinator with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She says this program is a welcome addition to the existing school system.