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By Patrick Ishmael on Mar 28, 2018

Last month the U.S. Census Bureau found that St. Louis had, once again, shrunk in population over the last year. The Bureau reported that St. Louis’s population in 2017 had dropped to fewer than 309,000 people—over 10,000 fewer St.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Mar 27, 2018

It’s a problem that plagues many U.S. cities: How can we make sure that all families have access to a high-quality school? Charter schools can be a good starting point, since they can be strategically placed in neighborhoods where parents don’t have other good options.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 26, 2018

Economic development tax credits that, whatever their intended purpose, enrich a few at the cost of the many are simply bad policy.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 23, 2018

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By Susan Pendergrass on Mar 23, 2018

Without a doubt, the question that I get most often about charter schools is, “But don’t they hurt the public schools?” The short answer is that charter public schools don’t hurt traditional public schools any more than other factors that can affect enrollment, but they may challenge them.

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By Emily Stahly on Mar 22, 2018

At around 25,000 students, the Springfield Public Schools is currently the largest district in Missouri. Just 20 years ago, the St.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 21, 2018

Education funding is an ever present issue in state budgets and Missouri is no exception.

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By James V. Shuls on Mar 20, 2018

In 1988, kids enjoyed their video games on an 8-bit Nintendo, people listened to music on cassettes, and the World Wide Web did not yet exist. Things have changed a lot in the past 30 years. Indeed, the rapid development of technology has improved almost every aspect of our lives.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Mar 19, 2018

For the last year or so, momentum has built behind the idea of reform to the state's prevailing wage law. Between the prevailing wage's negative impact on public construction costs and its unrepresentative calculation of market wages for professions in Missouri, reform is overdue.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Mar 19, 2018

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has been sent legislation forbidding local governments from banning Airbnb and other short-term rental companies (STRs).