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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! 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.

Show-Me Now! National School Choice Week Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, January 30, 2015

This week is National School Choice Week. The Show-Me Institute participated in events in Kansas City and Saint Louis. James Shuls, Ph.D., gives an overview of the event in Saint Louis.

Show-Me Now! Bring The Great Depression To Your Classroom Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are you a high school history teacher? If so you may want to invite us to your school for a presentation on the Great Depression. The presentation is about 25 minutes long followed by a question and answer session with the students. Please call the Show-Me Institute at (314)454-0647 or email with any inquiries.


Show-Me Now! School Choice: Let Me Be Me Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, January 08, 2015

At the end of this month, the Show-Me Institute will be sponsoring National School Choice Week events in Saint Louis and Kansas City. Please join us for School Choice: Let Me Be Me. Register now for Kansas City and/or Saint Louis.

Angel's Story Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, December 19, 2014

Missouri’s Supreme Court held that students in the Show-Me State have a right to an accredited education. That has helped to secure educational opportunities for students like Angel Matthews.

Show-Me Now! School Choice: Back to Francis Howell Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, October 17, 2014

James Shuls, Ph.D., talks about the Goodloe family's decision to leave the Normandy School District and return to Francis Howell School District.

Policy Forum: A Discussion About The Common Core State Standards Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, September 18, 2014

You may have heard of Common Core--the Common Core State Standards--but what are these standards for primary education and are they appropriate for Missouri? This panel of educational experts discuss their pros and cons.

Show-Me Now! Educational Innovation From The Top Down Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In the wake of Katrina, the Recovery School District (RSD) has rebuilt public education in New Orleans, Louisiana. RSD has made extensive use of charter schools. What can Missouri learn from this natural experiment? Read the recent case study from James Shuls, Ph.D., to find out.


Are Charters the Next Step for Private Schools? Print E-mail
By Mike McShane, Corey Quinn, Matt Hoehner, and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, September 05, 2014

Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 1: Are Charters The Next Step For Private Schools?

In the first part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute presented a summary of his research paper: Sector Switchers, Why Catholic Schools Convert To Charters And What Happens Next.

For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to close. In response to difficult financial circumstances, the archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C., put a new twist on the typical story, “closing” a set of their inner-city schools, but allowing them to reopen as independently managed public charter schools.

Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 2: Panel Discussion and Q&A

In the second part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation James Shuls, Ph.D., moderated a panel discussion about religious schools becoming charters schools. The panel consisted of Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute, Corey Quinn, President, De La Salle Middle School, and Matt Hoehner, Regional Executive Director, Educational Enterprises, Inc. The panel also answered questions from the audience.

Show-Me Now! One Lawyer’s Fight For School Choice Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brittany Wagner reviews some of the highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.


Transferring from Normandy: An interview with lawyer Joshua Schindler Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.

Schindler has represented several of these students in court. Earlier this month, Judge Michael Burton ordered several school districts to accept transfer students from the unaccredited Normandy school district. Because of the number of students involved and the favorable court decision, Schindler is now pursuing a class action suit on behalf of these transfer students.


Show-Me Now! School Transfer Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Through a series of legal maneuvers, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education attempted to prevent students from transferring from Normandy Schools Collaborative. School choice and the school transfer law prevailed last Friday when Judge Michael Burton ruled in favor of transfer students. Since the transfer law was upheld for a few students, it should be upheld for all of them.

Show-Me Now! Let Transfer Students Return Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, June 27, 2014

More and more school districts around St. Louis refuse to let transfer students from Normandy come back this year even though its in their power to do so. Director of Education Policy, James Shuls, has a simple message for these districts: "let the students return!" and he's not alone. Adolphus M. Pruitt, 1st vice president of the Missouri NAACP and president of the Saint Louis NAACP, joined Shuls in a joint statement asking area school districts to allow last years transfer students from Normandy to return again this year.

School Transfer: One Family's Disappointment Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The decisions of Missouri's State Board of Education, the Department Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Francis Howell School District have left this family with few options.


Show-Me Now! Introducing Brittany Wagner Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner discusses one of the reasons she decided to leave her career in teaching and join the Show-Me Institute.

Show-Me Now! Vo-Tech: Another Educational Choice Print E-mail
By Emily Watson   
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Show-Me Institute Intern Emily Watson talks about the importance of vo-tech education and congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for legislation that allows Missouri high school students to apply vo-tech classes toward their school requirements.



Expanded Opportunities: A Discussion About Tax Credit Scholarships Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.

The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University hosted a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri. During the event, Jason Bedrick and Jonathan Butcher presented information from their recent Show-Me Institute case-studies and Paul DiPerna presented the findings of a new poll. The discussion also included a legislative panel that included Missouri Senators John Lamping and Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones. You can view the papers and video of the presentations via the links below.

Show-Me Now! Missourians Want School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

The Show-Me Institute in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice conducted a poll of Missouri voters. Missourians overwhelmingly want school choice. The full results will be released May 6 at

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