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Missouri Passes School Turnaround Legislation

Bobby Radford reports for the Daily Journal that the Missouri state legislature has passes the School Turnaround Act (HB 604), which would “provide more tools to better help meet the needs of students in under-performing schools.” The bill, which passed by significant majorities and will...

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“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

“I guess it’s good news that Missouri’s graduation rate in 2017 was nearly 90 percent—higher than the national average,” writes Susan Pendergrass, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But have we really put those students on the ‘path...

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MO Submits State’s ESSA Plan

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. “We have submitted to the government what we believe is important to satisfy them, but we have not gone beyond that purpose,” Chris Neale, assistant commissioner for quality...

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MO Dept. of Ed Opens Public Comment Period

The Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education has opened the public comment and review period on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Stakeholders will have until July 15 to submit feedback. Dr. Chris Neale, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools stated, “Our goals...

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MO School Board Members Travel to D.C. to Discuss Education Issues

A dozen Missouri school board members traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to discuss education issues affecting the state including ESSA. Jefferson City Public Schools Board Member Steve said the ability to develop their own state plans will utilize local knowledge, noting, “we can base...

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