Judge rejects parents’ plea to be heard in charter lawsuit
Amelia Hamilton | July 21, 2016|   0
A federal judge has rejected an effort by charter school parents to join defendants in a lawsuit filed by the NAACP and St Louis Public Schools  over charter funding. U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey ruled that LaDiva Pierce and Ken Ross Jr. do not have standing to join the suit. Read more here.
Missouri judge considers standing of parents in charter school funding debate
Amelia Hamilton | July 14, 2016|   0
A lawsuit filed in April by St. Louis Public Schools, the NAACP, and co-plaintiffs could mean the loss of tens of millions of dollars to charter schools in the city, and parents of children attending those schools want their voices to be heard, St. Louis Public Radio reports. In the lawsuit, district schools argue that […]
Missouri school transfer law victory highlights need for school choice
Missouri school transfer law victory highlights need for school choice
Heather Kays | June 10, 2016|   7
A ruling this week in favor of parents trying to use the Missouri school transfer law is one small victory in a much larger school choice battle. The state’s school transfer law, designed to allow parents to move their children from failing traditional public schools to better performing districts, has been in and out of the […]
Next up: Combining tax-credit scholarships and ESAs
Next up: Combining tax-credit scholarships and ESAs
Heather Kays | May 10, 2016|   4
Missouri lawmakers are toying with the idea of combining two bulwarks of the school choice movement – tax credit scholarships and education savings accounts – in an effort to overcome legal obstacles to expanding choice.  HB 1589, sponsored by state Rep. Andrew Koenig, was designed to create an education savings account (ESA) program for children in […]
Mother sues over race-based regulations in Missouri school transfer program
Mother sues over race-based regulations in Missouri school transfer program
Heather Kays | May 04, 2016|   271
La’Shieka White sued a Missouri school transfer program Wednesday, claiming...
Missouri school transfer program turns integration upside down
Missouri school transfer program turns integration upside down
Heather Kays | March 10, 2016|   14
It’s a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. A school transfer program in Missouri – originally intended to end segregation – is now excluding students from attending schools based on the color of their skin. About three weeks ago, La’Shieka White tried to find out whether her son, 9-year-old Edmund Lee Jr., could […]
States reach for cigarette taxes to ease budgetary worries, but problems loom
States reach for cigarette taxes to ease budgetary worries, but problems loom
Eric Boehm | February 17, 2016|   105
Old-time cigarette ads tend to give the impression that smoking can cure almost any malady. The tagline on a series of ads in the 1930s told waistline-conscious readers to “reach for a Lucky” when they felt tempted to over-indulge with food or drink, lest they put on extra pounds. A Camel ad from the 1950s […]
Worker freedom fights to follow in 2016
Worker freedom fights to follow in 2016
Jason Hart | January 04, 2016|   284
American workers are protected from mandatory labor union dues in 25 states, and the number is likely to increase in 2016.
Nanny State of the Week: City fines residents for chipped paint, mismatched curtains
Nanny State of the Week: City fines residents for chipped paint, mismatched curtains
Eric Boehm | December 21, 2015|   344
Meet the residents of Pagedale, Missouri, who have been fined and punished by city officials for uncut grass, mismatched curtains and chipped paint. The city could easily be called the Nanny State of the Year.
Kansas City Public Schools to sponsor first charter school
Amelia Hamilton | December 04, 2015|   2
The Missouri Board of Education this week unanimously approved the first charter school in the Kansas City public school district. The Kansas City Neighborhood Academy will take over an unused school building and in an inner city neighborhood. The school is expected to enroll 180 students next fall in grades K-2, expanding one grade per year until it [...]