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Missouri charter and public school leaders are both happy with legislature's funding compromise
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May 16, 10:04 AM: An original version of the bill would have taken funding from Kansas City and St. Louis Public Schools, but lawmakers found a compromise that education leaders are happy with.
Missouri bills would require KCPS to pay millions to charters, allow students to enroll elsewhere
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Mar 24, 6:51 AM:

Missouri lawmakers are advancing measures that would require Kansas City Public Schools to provide millions more for charter schools and give public school students the option of enrolling in other districts.

Missouri lags behind all states in virtual school attendance
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Mar 21, 7:52 AM: Missouri Connections Academy is one of only two public schools in the state that are completely online. Lynsie Hunt, a teacher, or "school leader," said the academy received 6,000 applications for the current school year, but it >
KC charter school transitions to year-round classes
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Mar 15, 9:44 AM: Gordon Parks Elementary School is a kindergarten through 4th grade charter school near 37th and Wyoming. The school made the decision to transition to year-round classes for its students. Studies show that going without an extended >
Planned charter school in St. Louis County renews debate over public school funding
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Mar 15, 9:27 AM: St. Louis County will be home to its first charter school this August, when the Leadership School opens in Pagedale.
Column: : From 4-day weeks to charter debate, Missouri has a school funding crisis
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Mar 14, 8:49 AM: Amid all this, it’s no wonder the annual debate over charter schools funding gets so emotional. Some of the people on both sides of the debate use Black kids in St. Louis as a cudgel, accusing opponents of not caring about their >
Editorial: The school choice train rolls on
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Mar 14, 5:25 AM: The debate over House Bill 1814 has both sides retreating to their rhetorical corners. Schools will be forced to get better if they have to compete, advocates for this bill say. On the other side, critics fear that local schools >
House sends open enrollment, charter funding bills to Senate
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Mar 10, 7:03 AM: A pair of education bills supported by school-choice advocates narrowly passed out of the Missouri House on Wednesday, overcoming a diminished GOP majority that had threatened to doom their chances earlier in the legislative >
Measure to transfer millions to charter schools advances in Missouri House
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Mar 8, 10:34 AM: A measure advancing in the Missouri House would transfer millions in funding from public schools to charter schools in St. Louis.
A record 128 Missouri school districts — 25 percent — switch to four-day weeks
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Mar 7, 7:42 AM: Marshfield is one of at least nine Missouri school districts planning to switch to a four-day week this fall. Together, they will push the total number of districts on a truncated schedule to a record 128 — 25 percent of the state's >
Religious groups on tap to manage Missouri tax-credit scholarships
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Feb 22, 8:57 AM: All of the groups interested in collecting and distributing Missouri’s new tax-credit scholarship funds for private schools have religious affiliations, according to the state treasurer’s office.
Missouri board of education renews Confluence Academies charter schools for five years, with added oversight
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Feb 9, 9:45 AM:

Confluence Academies charter schools in St. Louis can continue to operate for another five years under increased oversight from the state, the Missouri Board of Education decided Tuesday.

Parents in East St. Louis School District protest for remote learning option
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Feb 1, 7:37 AM: A group of parents protested the return to in-person classes Monday in the East St. Louis School District, which had been holding school virtually since Jan. 4 because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
School choice advocates celebrate successes
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Jan 28, 6:56 AM: School choice advocates at the 2022 School Choice Rally at the Capitol said Tuesday was a victory lap and a reminder more work is needed.
Lawmakers to stop Missouri school districts from deciding if students can be enrolled in virtual courses
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Jan 28, 6:24 AM: For a student to attend virtual school in Missouri, the local school district must approve it, and lately, inside the Capitol, there’s a big push to leave the decision up to the parent instead.
Teacher-parent partnerships: An approach to improve students outcomes in school
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Jan 27, 8:17 AM: "I was surprised to find that teachers don’t get a lot of specific training related to working with families,” Smith said. The realization sparked his and four other researchers’ interest in building a training and consultation >
Churches help students as they switch to virtual learning
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Jan 26, 8:53 AM: Supervision and food for students while they’re out of school remains a key priority. The King’s Way United Methodist Church in Springfield is trying to help schools by offering a free learning pod for students to >
Discovery Center adds its services to help parents as schools close (CER in the news)
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Jan 19, 10:45 AM: The Discovery Center of Springfield will once again offer free childcare to students who need it as schools in the Springfield area close due to COVID-19 absences and staffing shortages. The service begins Wednesday, January 19th, >
Fight to expand charter schools returns to Missouri Legislature
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Jan 19, 7:25 AM: A push to widen the path for charter schools statewide is back. The Missouri Senate Education Committee is considering whether to allow charter schools in any charter county or Missouri city with a population greater than >
Lawmakers eye expansion of Missouri school choice program. But can it get the votes?
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Jan 11, 7:33 AM: With the departure of legislators who supported similar measures in the past, it remains to be seen if bills could garner the necessary votes

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