HB42 is on Gov. Nixon’s desk. If he signs it, children in failing school districts would be able to cross district boundaries to attend school. That would allow children in Normandy to attend accredited schools only minutes from their home like North Side Community School.
Eric Hanushek, Ph.D., shows that the quality of education is closely related to national economic growth. He has authored or edited 20 books along with more than 200 articles. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller notes that legislation pending in the Missouri state house could fix MoDOT's short term funding problems while creating opportunities to meet future funding requirements.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller explains that the Regional Sports Authority (RSA) is using taxpayer money to sue the city of Saint Louis. Their lawsuit would prevent a vote to decide whether city taxpayers will finance a new football stadium.
In June of 2013, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law that allowed students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited districts. The student’s home district would be responsible for making tuition payments and providing transportation. Using data, firsthand accounts, and structured interviews with school district superintendents, this paper examines what happened in response to the transfer program. Specifically, it examines how the districts responded. In all, more than 2,000 students transferred from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts, roughly a quarter of the total student population. These students transferred to two dozen area school districts. Except in isolated cases, evidence suggests that these students were largely absorbed into receiving school districts without causing much disruption. For the unaccredited school districts, however, the transfer program had a profound impact on school finances.
In 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out 60 years of precedent when it decided that the constitution creates collective bargaining rights for government employees. Since then, public agencies, like school districts and cities, have struggled to make sense of their rights and obligations under this rapidly changing body of law.
At this forum, Policy Researcher John Wright discusses some of the key labor issues affecting government workers. He highlights many of the loopholes, oversights, and ambiguities in existing law that harm the transparency of our public institutions and make it harder for citizens to hold their government accountable.
Show-Me Institute intern Jessica Stearns talks about the recent "Show-Me $15" campaign for a higher state-wide minimum wage. She points out that the minimum wage hurts the people it is suppose to help because employers inevitably fire workers to deal with their higher labor costs.
Alternative public charter schools like DeLaSalle in Kansas City serve kids who struggle in traditional public schools. Because of school choice, K'Von Williams is now a senior at DeLaSalle who is benefiting from their unique academic approach.
As K'Von Williams illustrates, DeLaSalle Education Center transforms young lives. Unfortunately, Missouri uses a one-size-fits-all accountability model to evaluate public schools. Because DeLaSalle serves only dropouts and at-risk students, it cannot so easily mask its students' performance like other alternative high schools across the state, which count their students' scores with the overall district. Missouri should reform its public school accountability system so that more students like K'Von get a second chance at receiving a quality education.
Did you know that government union employees get taxpayer funded leave which can be used for partisan activities? While union release time is often to attend conferences or other activities, a recent report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute highlights how unionized government workers in Missouri have misused the practice. They conclude that greater transparency is needed.
In this Speaker Series on Economic Policy presentation, CATO Director of Health Policy Studies, Michael Cannon, discusses the King v. Burwell case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. In examining this topic, Cannon poses and answers the question: can the president rewrite the ACA without Congress?
Kansas City may soon be talking about building a convention hotel downtown. Just as with other promises of economic development, convention hotel business in other cities have never lived up to projections. Kansas Citians are right to be wary.
What does the pending U.S. Supreme Court case King v. Burwell mean for Missouri? Director of Government Accountability Patrick Ishmael notes that moving away from Obamacare is the first step to putting patients first.
The University of Missouri has refused to release course syllabi in accordance with state transparency laws. John Wright points out that it makes very little sense for a public university to treat course content as a secret. Especially when much of the information the university is shielding from transparency laws is already available to the public.
Policy Analyst Joseph Miller discusses the issues confronting transportation funding in Missouri at the ACEC Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. After discussing some of the problems of the current state highway funding, he discusses how user-fees and market-based transportation provision can lead to better, more efficient state infrastructure.