- Discovery Center adds its services to help parents as schools close (CER in the news)
- > Jan 19, 10:45 AM: The Discovery Center of Springfield will once again offer free childcare to students who need it as schools in the Springfield area close due to COVID-19 absences and staffing shortages. The service begins Wednesday,
- Fight to expand charter schools returns to Missouri Legislature
- > Jan 19, 7:25 AM: A push to widen the path for charter schools statewide is back. The Missouri Senate Education Committee is considering whether to allow charter schools in any charter county or Missouri city with a population greater than
- Lawmakers eye expansion of Missouri school choice program. But can it get the votes?
- Jan 11, 7:33 AM: With the departure of legislators who supported similar measures in the past, it remains to be seen if bills could garner the necessary votes
- As more families choose charter schools, Missouri funding gap persists | Opinion
- Dec 22, 9:54 AM: While charter public schools are publicly funded and open to all, their funding falls short compared to what district public schools receive.
- “It’s just been so exciting and exhilarating”: Discovery Center reacts to winning $1 million STOP Award
- Dec 20, 10:50 AM: As the recipient of the STOP Award, the Discovery Center has some big ideas for how it’s going to use the money.
- Missouri’s top educators pushing for teacher pay raise
- > Dec 16, 9:42 AM: Missouri has the lowest starting teacher salary in the country, according to the National Education Association. Members of the Missouri Board of Education want to increase the salary by $10,000, but it needs approval from
- Missouri ranks near the bottom in teacher pay; only 5 other states fare worse
- > Dec 13, 8:57 AM: Missouri ranks low when it comes to paying teachers, and lags far behind national averages. Teachers in Missouri make made on average $50,817, which ranks 45th in the country for teacher pay, according to 2019-2020 data
- 'School choice' becomes a legislative priority for Missouri's education department in 2022
- > Dec 13, 6:25 AM: Dozens of organizations publish thousands of words outlining priorities for the upcoming Missouri legislative session. Some seem to only change the dates on documents as they annually work to influence lawmakers to act on
- Missouri Legislature could consider expanding ESA options again next session
- Dec 10, 6:22 AM: One of the most talked-about bills to pass during the previous session was legislation creating $50 million in tax credit-funded accounts for public and private school expenses.
- Eagle Prep charter schools in St. Louis under scrutiny for religious influence
- Dec 9, 6:24 AM: One day after Missouri education leaders criticized religious influence in local charter schools, the U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised to weaken such church-state separation mandates.
- The Discovery Center crosses fingers for a $1 million grant
- > Dec 6, 10:00 AM: The Discovery Center of Springfield is waiting to hear if they are a finalist for the sustainable, transformational, outstanding and permissionless award, also known as the STOP Award. The award will give them $1 million
- Sen. Andrew Koenig to Pre-file Legislation Fixing Funding Inequity for Public Charter Schools
- > Dec 1, 7:28 AM: Legislation designed to help families and those struggling with substance use disorders was signed into law by the governor. Senate Bill 63 establishes a statewide prescription drug monitoring program to help health care
- Springfield parents hopeful about The Discovery Center’s chances of winning $1 million grant
- > Nov 30, 9:58 AM: One nonprofit in Springfield has earned a shot at $1million after not giving up during tough times. The Discovery Center is being recognized as one of the top 20 most promising educational institutions in the country.
- For the first time, more K-12 students are attending charters than Kansas City Public Schools
- Nov 30, 8:58 AM: Of the more than 26,500 K-12 students who attended school within Kansas City's boundaries, a slight majority attends one of 20 charter schools.
- Opinion: New scholarship program, push by parents point path forward for more Missouri school choice in 2022
- Nov 30, 6:18 AM: Vanquished Virginia ex-Gov. Terry McAuliffe learned the hard way what principals, PTA parents, and classroom moms have long known: When it comes to education, underestimate parents at your own peril.
- Next Steps: Open enrollment for public schools
- Nov 15, 6:07 AM: Rep. Brad Pollitt intends to file a bill that would allow public school students to transfer to any participating district — even if they do not reside there within the district.
- The Discovery Center becomes semifinalist for $1 million education grant
- Nov 9, 9:06 AM: The Discovery Center of Springfield is jus one of two science centers in North America to remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic.<
- Legislators, parents defend ESA program amid initiative petition battle
- > Nov 4, 5:41 AM: Signed into law earlier this year, a new education scholarship program in Missouri is now at the forefront of an initiative petition battle — with school choice advocates concerned about the future of local school boards’
- Our Opinion: Missouri shows commitment to school choice
- > Nov 4, 5:11 AM: Earlier this year, Gov. Mike Parson signed into law legislation to let students use scholarship money to attend the school of their choice. It’s a significant piece of legislation, and while it hasn’t been implemented yet,
- First Missouri school choice chief to put ‘passion into action’ in leading expansion
- > Nov 3, 8:00 AM: State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick on Monday named former Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) Community Finance Manager Kim Baughman to serve as the state’s first school choice program manager.
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