Education - Commentary
Lawmakers Answering the Wrong Student Transfer Question Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Lawmakers are crafting legislation to limit the number of transfer students from unaccredited school districts. They should be trying to make sure all students have access to great schools. This op-ed outlines some ways they could do that.

 
Are Charter Schools the School Transfer Fix? Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Students should be allowed to cross district boundaries and attend charter schools. North Side Community School is an example of a quality charter school that Normandy Schools Collaborative students could attend.

 
Mizzou Gets an F on Transparency Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Monday, February 23, 2015

The University of Missouri is using a legal loophole under the state’s transparency laws to avoid releasing course syllabi, which does not fit with the institution’s commitment to open society.

 
Students Need Choice, Not-Pie-in-the-Sky Solutions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, December 18, 2014

A city-county school district has been proposed as a way to ensure disadvantaged students have access to high-quality schools. This idea, however, is unlikely to happen or to have the desired effect. School choice programs, on the other hand, could expand options for students today.

 
Privatization in Education—Not as Scary as Some Think Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Many public officials reject the idea of school choice out of concerns about privatization. Yet privatization is a common part of public education and school choice should be welcomed.

 
Teacher Retirement System Demands Reform Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

If public pension benefits keep growing the tax payer will be on the hook to pay for them.

 
Creationism, The Left’s Weapon Against School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Left-leaning commentators use creationism to argue against private school choice programs, but ignore complaints from the right about public schools. 

 
Want Better Teachers In High-Need Schools? Fix Pensions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

 Missouri’s three separate pension systems stand in the way of improving the quality of the teacher workforce in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

 
Parents Agree: More Is Better Print E-mail
By Robert Enlow and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Across the board, the majority of voters supported expanding educational options for students. Missouri lawmakers should keep this in mind as they work to "fix" the interdistrict transfer law.

 
Current Teacher Pension Systems Impose A “Tariff” On Labor Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, February 27, 2014

With the exception of Saint Louis and Kansas City, which have autonomous pension systems, all of Missouri’s school districts are part of the Public School Retirement System (PSRS). If a teacher moves from PSRS to one of the city plans, he or she will incur a significant loss in pension wealth.

 
Show-Me Institute Supports Strong Pensions For All Teachers Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, December 16, 2013

Missouri has three separate pension systems for teachers. The system is great for teachers who work their entire career in one system, but it punishes mobile teachers.

 
Robbing Peter To Pay For Paul’s Pension Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, November 18, 2013

Teachers in the Jefferson City School District pay more into the pension system than teachers in Hickman Mills, but receive less in their pensions.

 
Public Schools Do Not Serve All Students Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, November 04, 2013

One of the great myths in education is that all public schools serve all students. This argument is used to attack private school choice programs. Upon closer examination, however, this myth is found to be false.

 
Time For Teacher Tenure Reform? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Sunday, September 22, 2013

A new Show-Me Institute study reveals that 92 percent of public school superintendents would be in favor of some type of teacher tenure reform.

 
Tear Down The Wall Between Public Dollars And Private Schools Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Great Wall exists that prohibits public funds from going to private schools. It is time to tear down that wall and enlist private schools in the cause of providing publicly financed education. 

 
A Real Choice For Students In Unaccredited Districts Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The school transfer law has managed to displease people on all sides of the issue. A potential solution is a tax credit scholarship program.

 
Common Core: A Well Intentioned Disaster Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, July 05, 2013

Dr. James Shuls on the failure of the good intentions behind the Common Core State Standards.


 
Monopsony: Why Teachers Should Support School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

School choice would give Joplin School District teachers, including Randy Turner, more options for their labor.

 
Adams Had A Lot Of Reasons To Accept Rockwood Interim Superintendent Position Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

When Terry Adams decided to retire from being the Wentzville School District superintendent last April, he had some good reasons. After a 38-year career in education and being named Missouri School Public Relations Association Superintendent of the Year in 2010, Adams was looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren. Instead of retiring, however, Adams accepted the interim superintendent position in the Rockwood School District. He had good reasons for this decision as well.

 
Charter Schools Are Giving Families Options Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

School choice is about more than simply improving test scores; it also is about giving families opportunities to find the school that best meets their child’s needs.

 
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