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As K'Von Williams illustrates, DeLaSalle Education Center transforms young lives. Unfortunately, Missouri uses a one-size-fits-all accountability model to evaluate public schools. Because DeLaSalle serves only dropouts and at-risk students, it cannot so easily mask its students' performance like other alternative high schools across the state, which count their students' scores with the overall district. Missouri should reform its public school accountability system so that more students like K'Von get a second chance at receiving a quality education.

 

Saint Louis City has offered to help fund a new stadium for the Rams, but urban revitalization projects, like a new stadium for the Rams, don't bring the economic development promised by politicians, notes Policy Analyst Joseph Miller.

 

This week is National School Choice Week. The Show-Me Institute participated in events in Kansas City and Saint Louis. James Shuls, Ph.D., gives an overview of the event in Saint Louis.

 

Are you a high school history teacher? If so you may want to invite us to your school for a presentation on the Great Depression. The presentation is about 25 minutes long followed by a question and answer session with the students.

 

Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) released a report on implementing tolling on I-70 across Missouri. Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller talks about the report's findings.

 

Should Saint Louis taxpayers offer to build a new stadium or improve the Edward Jones Dome to keep the Rams in town?

 

Missouri’s Supreme Court held that students in the Show-Me State have a right to an accredited education. That has helped to secure educational opportunities for students like Angel Mathews.

 

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COMMENTARY
Taxing Smokers Does Not Show Support of Education
April 20, 2015

There are calls for cigarette smokers to pay their “fair share” by raising cigarette taxes. These new taxes would go to fund programs not related to health care costs incurred by cigarettes. Also, high cigarette taxes can have a negative impact on Missouri businesses, and they disproportionately impact the poor.

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TESTIMONY
Missouri Education Savings Account: Customization, Choice, Competition, College
April 22, 2015

 This testimony is intended to summarize the benefits that could be provided by an empowerment scholarship account for students with disabilities, as outlined in Senate Bill 531 (SB 531).

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ESSAY
A Primer On Government Labor Relations In Missouri
April 1, 2015

Public agencies, government unions, and the public have all struggled to makes sense of their respective rights and obligations under the new legal precedent established with the Missouri Supreme Court case: Independence NEA v. Independence School District.

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CASE STUDY
Decentralization Through Centralization: The Story Of The Recovery School District
September 16, 2014

Individuals who support free markets and limited government often are the most strident advocates for school choice. Many of these same individuals applaud the development of the emerging school choice market in New Orleans. The irony of this is that Louisiana has expanded choice and created the first all-charter school district in the country through the use of greater centralized control.

This strategy of promoting decentralization through centralization is spreading. Thus far, Louisiana’s turnaround has inspired Tennessee, Michigan, and...

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POLICY STUDY
Pension Reform in Missouri
March 30, 2015

Missouri’s public pension plans are critically underfunded. Meaningful reform may be necessary to preserve their integrity, and yet, reform...

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REPORT
2014 Saint Louis County Public Policy Recommendations
July 15, 2014

Analysts and scholars with the Show-Me Institute have identified free-market policy changes that could improve Saint Louis County. These pamphlets summarize those recommendations for transforming the county's regulatory, transparency, budget, and tax policy.

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