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By Steven Bernstetter on Feb 19, 2007

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working on a plan to create virtual classes for Missouri students.

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By David Stokes on Feb 19, 2007

Sen. Bill Stouffer (R - Northwest Missouri) his introduced a bill to increase the state sales tax by a penny to fund expansions of Interstates 70 and 44.  The act will sunset after 10 years, and while I am sure Sen.

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By Sarah Brodsky on Feb 19, 2007

Everybody loses from minimum wage increases like the one just passed in Missouri. David Nicklaus comments on the effects of Arizona's law:

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By Timothy B. Lee on Feb 19, 2007

The Columbia Daily Tribune has a story on a new proposal for tax credits to direct more money toward failing public schools:
 

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By David Stokes on Feb 16, 2007

In the race for 'Dumbest electoral proposal of the new century,' the 21st has an early favorite and its right here in North St.

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By Timothy B. Lee on Feb 16, 2007

The Columbia Tribune reports on a debate over legislation that would allow parents more freedom to transfer kids between schools:

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By Timothy B. Lee on Feb 15, 2007

We're one step closer to a state takeover of the Saint Louis school district:

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By Timothy B. Lee on Feb 15, 2007

The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports on the raging controversy over liberalizing laws that now bar midwives from delivering babies without the supervision

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By Sarah Brodsky on Jan 26, 2007

A few decades ago, cable TV looked like a monopoly that was here to stay. Missouri passed cable franchise laws, which require cable companies to go through a time-consuming process to obtain permission to operate from local governments. One rationale was that franchise laws would protect consumers, but now that new technologies have sprung up that offer alternatives to cable, those outdated laws actually keep potential competitors out of the market. Missouri should pass cable franchise reform so consumers can enjoy lower prices and better service.

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By Fredrick Hess on Jan 08, 2007

The Saint Louis school board has descended into chaos. The previous superintendent, Creg Williams, was ousted in July after just 15 months on the job. Board president Veronica O’Brien championed the selection of Diana Bourisaw as Williams’s replacement. But just three months later, the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the two women were no longer on speaking terms. Shifting political alliances and personality conflicts have produced six superintendents in the last five years. This has made it difficult for superintendents to set long-term goals, and made it impossible for the fractious school board to hold anyone accountable for their results. It is simply naïve to imagine Saint Louis schools will improve amidst this kind of discord and leadership turnover. What the district needs is decisive, consistent leadership.

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