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Show-Me Now! Let Transfer Students Return Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, June 27, 2014

More and more school districts around St. Louis refuse to let transfer students from Normandy come back this year even though its in their power to do so. Director of Education Policy, James Shuls, has a simple message for these districts: "let the students return!" and he's not alone. Adolphus M. Pruitt, 1st vice president of the Missouri NAACP and president of the Saint Louis NAACP, joined Shuls in a joint statement asking area school districts to allow last years transfer students from Normandy to return again this year.

School Transfer: One Family's Disappointment Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The decisions of Missouri's State Board of Education, the Department Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Francis Howell School District have left this family with few options.


Show-Me Now! Introducing Brittany Wagner Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner discusses one of the reasons she decided to leave her career in teaching and join the Show-Me Institute.

Show-Me Now! Vo-Tech: Another Educational Choice Print E-mail
By Emily Watson   
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Show-Me Institute Intern Emily Watson talks about the importance of vo-tech education and congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for legislation that allows Missouri high school students to apply vo-tech classes toward their school requirements.



Expanded Opportunities: A Discussion About Tax Credit Scholarships Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.

The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University hosted a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri. During the event, Jason Bedrick and Jonathan Butcher presented information from their recent Show-Me Institute case-studies and Paul DiPerna presented the findings of a new poll. The discussion also included a legislative panel that included Missouri Senators John Lamping and Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones. You can view the papers and video of the presentations via the links below.

Show-Me Now! Missourians Want School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

The Show-Me Institute in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice conducted a poll of Missouri voters. Missourians overwhelmingly want school choice. The full results will be released May 6 at

Show-Me Now! Michael Rathbone on Education Funding Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Legislators in Jefferson City want to increase education spending, but is that the best way to improve student outcomes in Missouri? Evidence suggests that increases in public school funding have little impact on student performance.

James Shuls on Common Core State Standards Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, March 03, 2014

James Shuls, Ph.D., explains that educational excellence follows from schools empowered to innovate and parents empowered to choose.


Update: School Choice Week Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, January 30, 2014

James Shuls reports on School Choice Week. Earlier in the week Shuls spoke at an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event in Jefferson City, Mo., where he said that School choice is not only a step towards liberty, but also moves us towards greater prosperity.


Policy Breakfast: How Expanding School Choice Could Save Millions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Show-Me Institute Director of Education Policy James V. Shuls, Ph.D., introduces his latest paper, "Available Seats? Survey Analysis of Missouri Private School Participation in Potential State Scholarship Programs." Shuls surveyed private school leaders in Kansas City and Saint Louis. His findings suggest that a private school scholarship program would expand choice while potentially saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Read Shuls' essay: Available Seats? Survey Analysis Of Missouri Private School Participation In Potential State Scholarship Programs.

Panel Discussion of the School Transfer Law Print E-mail
By Rick Edlund and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, September 13, 2013

The school transfer law has created controversy in Saint Louis. The question is, where do we go from here? Show-Me Institute Communications Director Rick Edlund, hosts a panel disccussion with Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D.; Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols, Ed.D.; Kirkwood School District Superintendent Thomas Williams, Ph.D.; and Mehlville School District Superintendent Eric Knost, Ed.D.

James Shuls, Ph.D., on Teacher Tenure Reform Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. and Kacie Barnes   
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D., talks about his new essay, The Power to Lead, on teacher tenure reform.

James Shuls, Ph.D, on Redefining Public Education Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, August 12, 2013

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D., talked about redefining public education at our Milton Friedman Policy Breakfast in July.

Dr. James Shuls on Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst Dr. James Shuls joins Mike Ferguson's Missouri Viewpoints to talk about Common Core.

Michelle Rhee: Radical: Fighting to put Students First Print E-mail
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Educator Michelle Rhee joined Crosby Kemper III for a public conversation about her new book Radical: Fighting to Put Students First and explained her ideas for improving public education by ensuring that laws, leaders, and politics are making students - not adults - their top priority.

Public Dollars, Private Schools Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, April 18, 2013

In this Columbia, MO Forum, Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about what private funding of public schools really looks like.
"Isn't that just a voucher?"
"No," says Shuls, as he describes the three basic types of publicly-funded private schooling.
This talk was reprised the following morning at the Show-Me Institute's office in Saint Louis.

Changing Children's Lives: A Rally for School Choice Print E-mail
By Kacie Galbraith   
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crowds of parents and students rallied at Union Station in Kansas City to celebrate school choice, as part of the National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Train Tour. Students sang, danced, and cheered as speakers drove home the message that students are all different — but they share one thing in common. They all deserve a quality education.

James V. Shuls Discusses Education Reform on Missouri Viewpoints Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Funding for K-12 public education is an important issue, especially now. The state’s school funding formula is underfunded and federal support for education is likely to decline in the next year. Show-Me Institute education policy analyst, James V. Shuls, discusses this topic on Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson. So what is the answer to Missouri’s education funding problems? According to Shuls, “The answer can’t always be more.” Rather, the state and school districts need to begin to rethink how we deliver education.

The Salary Straitjacket - Presentation Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

On November 7th, James Shuls presented his paper, The Salary Straitjacket, to the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is the audio of that presentation, along with the slides Shuls used.

How Can We Fix Education in Missouri? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

On the Show-Me Daily blog I have noted how Missouri’s education system is stuck in terms of academic achievement (here and here). To get our state moving in the right direction, we must empower schools and provide parents with educational options. The school in this video, City Academy, embodies these two principles.

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