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Missouri and Kansas charter school laws rank low compared with other states
Mar 28, 7:19 AM: As Missouri lawmakers debate legislation that could expand the existence of charter schools across the state, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released rankings on the strength of charter school laws.
Missouri Senate committee considers charter schools expansion bill
Mar 28, 6:08 AM: A GOP priority in the state legislature this year is changes to Missouri’s education laws. The General Assembly has resumed after one week off for spring break. Legislators are expected to focus the second half of the session on the >
Group wants Southwest High to open as an innovative, rigorous, project-learning school
Mar 24, 7:14 AM: For now, John Couture’s children are students at Academie Lafayette, a K-8 French language immersion charter that is one of Kansas City’s academically applauded schools.
Charter schools highlighted at rural education forum
Mar 23, 5:15 AM: Kristian Starner, an education reform advocate and an organizer of the event, said it was important to hold forums and encourage discussion on these topics, especially in rural areas.
How might vouchers and charter schools affect the SPS bond proposal?
Mar 23, 4:52 AM: As a push for school choice heats up at the state and federal level, Springfield school officials want to make sure the state's largest public district is in the best position to compete.
School Tours Help Kansas City Parents Navigate Choice
Mar 21, 6:21 AM: In a city with so many school options, it isn’t always easy for parents to choose where to send their children.
GOP legislator expects proposed charter schools expansion to fail in Missouri Senate
Mar 20, 7:18 AM: State Rep. Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) says his Senate colleagues have told him a proposed statewide expansion of charter schools will not be received there with much enthusiasm, and it may be dead on arrival. The Missouri House has >
Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure
Mar 20, 5:05 AM: The Missouri House narrowly approved legislation last week that would allow charter schools to operate in any school district where there is an underperforming school.
Charter school legislation progressing in Jefferson City
Mar 17, 4:58 AM: The House proposal (HB 634) would allow charter schools to operate in Class 1 counties only. That includes more heavily populated areas such as Springfield and Columbia, in addition to St. Charles and St. Louis counties and Clay and >
Missouri House advances charter school proposal
Mar 16, 5:48 AM: The proposal passed on an 83-74 vote after vigorous debate over whether charters would provide students with more opportunities, or if they would drain the resources of local school districts without having a marked positive >
Bill proposes statewide charter school expansion
Mar 15, 4:59 AM: Lawmakers and testifiers in support of the bill emphasized school choice. Those who spoke in opposition brought up accountability issues with charter schools and the failing charter schools in Missouri.
Columbia School Board opposes charter school expansion, approves new Cedar Ridge boundaries
Mar 14, 6:23 AM: An effort to expand charter school in Missouri is gaining traction in the General Assembly, but it isn't getting support from the Columbia Public Schools.
Jeb Bush touts charter schools and vouchers at Missouri Capitol
Mar 3, 8:04 AM: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush told Missouri lawmakers on Thursday that expanding charter schools is a way to help students improve their performance.
These St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure
Feb 27, 6:16 AM: Of the more than 10,400 children who attend charter schools in St. Louis, few perform worse as a group than the 2,800 who attend Confluence Academies.
Struggling Confluence charter schools are renewed for five more years
Feb 23, 6:05 AM: St. Louis' largest charter school network got a five-year renewal Tuesday even though it has not met state performance expectations in its almost 14 years of operation.
Missouri lawmakers weigh changes to state-run virtual education program
Feb 20, 8:30 AM: Legislation to revamp the state’s virtual education program has, as one lawmaker put it, brought together “strange bedfellows.” Education groups and business people — who often spar over issues tied to school choice — are both open >
CPS leaders urge opposition to charter school expansion
Feb 20, 7:44 AM: Two top officials with Columbia Public Schools have sent a letter to Columbia-area legislators and members of the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee outlining the potential cost of expanding charter schools >
Northeast Missouri GOP legislator calls statewide expansion of charter schools ‘an attack’
Feb 16, 7:57 AM:

State Representative Nate Walker (R-Kirksville) is fighting against a proposed expansion of charter schools statewide. He calls the move an attack on rural school districts that would further drain money from them.

Hickman MIlls Superintendent Criticizes Charter School Plan
Feb 16, 7:36 AM: Hickman Mills Supt. Dennis Carpenter wants to make something very clear: he won’t welcome charter schools in his district.
New governor, new momentum for Missouri charter school and school choice advocates
Feb 15, 5:59 AM: Of the hundreds of education bills Missouri lawmakers have filed this session, charter school expansion has the best chance of passing.



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