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By Emily Stahly on Mar 06, 2018

A high-school diploma is supposed to mean something. A student who earns one should be ready to attend college or a trade school, or to start working right away. But a diploma’s value depends on the quality of the school that stands behind it.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jan 09, 2018

What’s wrong with you, Missouri lawmakers? Why so weak and feckless?

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By Emily Stahly on Nov 28, 2017

The Nirvana fallacy often gets in the way of policymaking when, as Voltaire described, we let the perfect become the enemy of the good. It is easy to fall into this trap when discussing education because we want every child to have a world-class education.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Nov 23, 2017

Americans readily accept two opposing ideas about the first Thanksgiving – one bright and highly idealized, the other grey and somber, but closer to the truth. Jean Ferris captured the first idea in a painting completed in 1915, some three centuries after the actual event.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Nov 08, 2017

It may be the biggest and most closely watched competition since Charles Lindbergh – backed by a group of Saint Louis businessmen – won the $25,000 Orteig Prize as the first pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean. That was 90 years ago, in 1927.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Oct 24, 2017

In a recent opinion column, Linda Moore, the president and CEO of TechNet, a “national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives,” heralded Amazon’s seeking of a new headquarters as a wake-up call to policymakers about the need for increased computer science a

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By Joseph Haslag on Oct 23, 2017

The Broadway Inn is convenient for all the universities in Columbia, and its owner wants to build a $20 million expansion that would include a second hotel tower.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Oct 18, 2017

Amazon is amazing. Just amazing.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Sep 28, 2017

I could only groan when I read the headline: “Saint Louis unifies to win Amazon HQ2: A Successful Bid Would Bring 50,000 Jobs to Region.”

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Aug 21, 2017

With Labor Day just around the corner, now is a good time to discuss (and, more than that, to take up the cudgels against) a bad idea popularized by leading figures in Silicon Valley.

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