News & Articles

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 9:18am

ST. LOUIS • Missouri would no longer impose a cap on rising college tuition under a set of legislative recommendations released Thursday that would also redefine how University of Missouri System students are charged for their education.

The University of Missouri System Review Commission was created in the wake of upheaval at the university last year that toppled top leadership. The panel was set up to essentially audit the system and provide recommendations to the Legislature and the university Board of Curators.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 8:23am

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A campaign committee for a Francis Howell School District tax increase rejected in the Nov. 8 election has asked the courts to order a new vote in April.

In a lawsuit filed last week in St. Charles County Circuit Court, Citizens for Prop Howell contended that inaccurate school district boundary lines used by the county Election Authority “cast doubt on the validity of the election.”

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 8:31am

Some people — including President-elect Donald Trump — believe that to improve U.S. education, the nation should stop spending so many tax dollars on public schools and instead invest in alternatives, including charter schools and taxpayer-funded vouchers for private and religious schools.

They say they are part of a movement for school choice, for empowering all parents, regardless of income, to select the best learning experience for their children.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 8:27am

ST. LOUIS • A recent task force report tells all of Missouri’s public universities and community colleges to stay in their own lanes when it comes to what degrees each type of institution can grant — unless they have a very good reason to stray.

The task force, comprising 16 Missouri higher education leaders, was asked to address the issue by Missouri House leaders after a dispute between the University of Missouri System and the up-and-coming Missouri State University.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 8:27am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • Illinois is almost six months behind in its obligation to give millions of dollars to school districts across the state for transportation, special education and other expenses.

The Herald & Review reports the stopgap spending deal Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature struck over the summer authorized a full year's funding for elementary and secondary education, intending to spare public schools from the uncertainty plaguing other state operations, which were only funded for six months.

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