If you head West on I-70, past the inner-ring suburbs of St. Louis and over the Missouri river, you’ll happen upon the hamlet of Lake St. Louis and the body of water that is its namesake. Built as a resort community in the 1960s, its population has boomed in recent years as St.
For the time being, it seems that plans to tear down Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and build a $1.2 billion new terminal have been shelved. Public polling indicated that about 60% of city voters, whose approval was required for a bond issuance, remained opposed.
What if I told you that you could have access to nearly unlimited resources, the counsel of top experts, and a direct path to implementing your plans. Could you create a top-notch urban school district?
In my youth, I made some irresponsible financial decisions. The first thing I purchased on a credit card was a tennis racket; I don’t even play tennis. Then, of course, there was the college spring break trip to Panama City that was put on the credit card.
The bar for being an exemplary government program must be pretty low these days.
Recently, I found myself in the State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Missouri listening to a rousing debate about whether or not to require Missouri public schools to allocate time for the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Book of Hosea cautions us, “They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.” Student protests on The University of Missouri’s campus, and the administration’s reaction, sowed some serious wind. News out this week that freshman enrollment is projected to be down 25%, creating a $32 million
If you drive in the Show-Me state, you pay two gas taxes—one of 18.4 cents per gallon to the federal government, and the other of 17 cents per gallon to the state of Missouri. Both taxes were set up in the early 20th century to fund highways, and neither tax has been increased since the 1990s.
If you’ve ever seen it, there is something funny about a dog chasing a car. At first it seems as if the dog may grab hold of a tire, but inevitably, right when the dog is about to catch it, the car speeds up, leaving the dog behind. Bless poor Fido’s heart, but it is an exercise in futility.
There’s no other way to put it: Missouri schools simply aren’t giving African-American students a chance.