Show-Me Now! Let Kids Cross School District Boundaries Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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.

Video: The Economic Value of Teacher Quality Print E-mail
By Eric Hanushek   
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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 Now! A Solution to MoDOT’s Funding Problems Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Friday, May 08, 2015

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 Now! Outrageous: Your Money, Their Choice? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, May 04, 2015

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.

Video: Interdistrict Choice for Students in Failing Schools Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, May 04, 2015

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.

Read James Shuls's recent paper on this subject: Interdistrict Choice for Students in Failing Schools: Burden or Boon?

Show-Me Forum: Government Unions: Restoring Accountability Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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 Now! Raising the Minimum Wage Costs Jobs Print E-mail
By Jessica Stearns   
Friday, April 24, 2015

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.


Show-Me Now! Second Chances: K'Von's Story Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, April 16, 2015

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.


Second Chances Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, April 16, 2015

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.

Show-Me Now! Transparency for Government Unions Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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.


Speakers' Series: King v. Burwell: Can the President Rewrite the ACA Without Congress? Print E-mail
By Michael Cannon   
Monday, March 30, 2015

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?

Show-Me Now! Convention Hotel or Another Money Pit? Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Friday, March 13, 2015

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.


Show-Me Now! Wrapping Up Obamacare? Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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.

Gov. Sam Brownback: What's the Real Story in Kansas? Print E-mail
By Gov. Sam Brownback   
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas spoke on the importance of growth-oriented public policies. He then took several questions from the audience.

Show-Me Now! King v. Burwell Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, March 06, 2015

What does the pending U.S. Supreme Court case King v. Burwell mean for Missouri? Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone sums it up.

Show-Me Now! Gas Tax: The Fix for MoDOT's Funding? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Friday, February 27, 2015

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller talks about funding Missouri roads with user fees like fuel taxes.

King v. Burwell: Obamacare and the Rule of Law Print E-mail
By Joshua Hawley   
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In this February 2015 Policy Forum, University of Missouri Law Professor Joshua Hawley discusses the King v. Burwell case which is currently before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Show-Me Now! Mizzou: What's there to Hide? Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Friday, February 20, 2015

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.

Towards Market Orientation: Funding Transportation Infrastructure in Missouri Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, February 19, 2015

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.

Show-Me Now! K.C.'s Streetcar Money Pit Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kansas City is building a streetcar. Policy Analyst Joseph Miller thinks that money would be better spent elsewhere.

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