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By Brittany Wagner on Dec 08, 2015

In the 1950s, economist Milton Friedman proposed the use of educational vouchers in public education. Under a voucher program, parents can direct public funds toward the school that best serves their child’s needs, be that public or private.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Dec 02, 2015

Oscar Wilde described fox-hunting as “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.” We can make the same point about Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Saint Louis Rams Football Owner Stan Kroenke, and the Great Riverfront Stadium Hunt.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Nov 24, 2015
Recently released scores on both the ACT and AP tests paint a troubling picture of the Missouri school system. In particular, huge swathes of African-American students are not being prepared for success after high school.
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By Andrew B. Wilson on Nov 18, 2015

Under three different CEOs, Wal-Mart has done all kinds of somersaults to appease left-wing critics. In 2005, Lee Scott set goals of “zero waste” and “100 percent” conversion to renewable energy.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Oct 30, 2015
There is no legitimate reason to subsidize professional football, which is a hugely profitable business in its own right. Saint Louis and the State of Missouri shouldn’t have to sweeten the pot to keep the Rams. Better to let them go.
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By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. on Oct 30, 2015

For four years I was an elementary school teacher in southwest Missouri. Not to toot my own horn, but I was a pretty good teacher. Students and parents liked me. Several of my colleagues even requested me as their child’s teacher.

But you want to know the truth?

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By Michael Rathbone on Oct 15, 2015

In his 2014 state of the state address, Governor Jay Nixon bragged that “Missouri’s a low-tax state—sixth lowest in the nation—and we like it that way.” In his letter vetoing tax cuts in 2013, the Governor reiterated this point.

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By Brittany Wagner, John Wright on Oct 14, 2015

Al Shanker, longtime leader of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was an early cheerleader for public charter schools.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Oct 13, 2015

For my money, one of the most promising developments in American education today is not in public schooling, private schooling, or charter schooling. It is in tiny schooling.

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The recently released Ferguson Commission report was full of good intentions. Unfortunately, good intentions do not actually solve policy problems. In this piece, the authors highlight some of the shortcomings of the report.