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February 7, 2012Capitol Reports, Jan. 27, 2012
Headline: Legislation filed to address Missouri's failed school districts [Entered: 01/26/2012]
Legislation was filed Thursday [Jan. 26] to address the accreditation loss of the school districts in Missouri's two largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-St. Louis County, takes a substantially different approach for the two areas.
For Kansas City, Cunningham's measure effectively would eliminate the school district and divide up the district among adjoining school districts.
For St. Louis, her plan would expand charter school alternatives and provide government support for parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools.
Just before the start of the 2012 legislative session, the legislature's top leaders had made dealing with the non-accredited districts a "must-pass" issue.
The governor included reference to the two school districts in his State of the State address but did not offer any specific solutions.
* Get the bill, SB 706 [ http://www.mdn.org/cgi-bin/bills/billhttp.exe?FORM=SB&NUMp6 ] .
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February 3, 2012Capitol Reports, Feb. 3, 2012
January 20, 2012Capitol Reports, Jan. 20, 2012Headline: Public universities hit hardest under governor's budget proposal [Entered: 01/17/2012]
January 6, 2012Capitol Reports, Jan. 6, 2012
Headline: Missouri's General Assembly begins, legislative leaders cite the budget, education and business as the top agenda. [Entered: 01/04/2012]
In opening-day addresses on Wednesday [Jan. 4], the top leaders of Missouri's House and Senate cited similar issues as top priorities for lawmakers to resolve -- education funding, the budget and pro-business legislation.
The legislature's regular session begins just a few months after lawmakers failed in the summer special session to pass the governor's package of business tax breaks for economic development.
Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer said that failure has created an incentive for the regular session. "A lot of legislators, including myself, were disappointed that we didn't get done what we wanted to during special session and that gives us the incentive to get some things done in this new session," Mayer said.
Both Mayer and House Speaker Steve Tilley stressed bi-partisan cooperation in their opening-day remarks.
"In seven years, I've done my best to foster bi-partisanship," Tilley told his colleagues. "When I go back to private life, my fondest memories will not be the bills I help pass or even the fights we won on the floor. Instead, it will be ... continued