JEFFERSON CITY — A day after state senators stayed up late to debate a sweeping education proposal, the Missouri House moved Wednesday to give first-round approval to a controversial measure that would provide scholarships for K-12 students to attend schools of their choice.
“Missouri is not serving children in a way that they deserve,” said Rep. Phil Christofanelli, R-St. Peters. “We are not providing a system of education that allows every child to realize their full potential.”
Lauren Bax’s first grade students are taught all the core subjects like math, science and reading – but there is no shortage of joy and laughter.
Silliness is the ethos that she hopes to maintain in her classroom at Barrington Elementary in the Hazelwood School District. She often incorporates a song or a saying into the lessons or encourages students to celebrate their successes. “We have classroom cheers that we use on a daily basis to encourage [or] congratulate each other,” she said.
JEFFERSON CITY — Proponents of a measure allowing students in the St. Louis area to draw scholarship funds in order to attend the school of their choice won a narrow victory in the Missouri House on Thursday, sending the proposal to the Senate for debate.
The measure survived on an 82-71 vote, winning the minimum number of “yes” votes necessary to advance to the upper chamber. Thirty Republicans voted against the measure.
UNIVERSITY CITY — Like everything else this school year, the annual garden planting party at University City Children’s Center looked a little different during a pandemic. Scientists from the Danforth Plant Science Center weren’t invited to help out. Preschoolers wore masks as they planted seeds in the soil. There were certainly more squirts of hand sanitizer going around.
But vegetables and sunflowers will still sprout and bloom this summer, to the delight of the children growing up alongside them.