Education - Commentary
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.

 
Moving For A Quality Education Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, February 07, 2013

Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.

 
Mo’ Money Will Not Solve MO Problems Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, February 01, 2013

The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.

 
No Vote on Prop B, A Blessing in Disguise? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, November 26, 2012

Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.

 
A Low-Performing School By Any Other Name . . . Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.

 
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