Clovis Ouangraoua
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported early last month that Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report on public education found that Missouri's performance has a particularly low ranking. In fact, the study found that "Only 10 other states and the District of Columbia scored as low or lower than Missouri; and Nebraska is the only bordering state to earn a lower grade."

The State registered C's and D's on important matters, such as children's chances of success, transitions and alignment from early childhood to post-secondary education, and teaching. In addition, according to the study, Missouri is not offering incentives to highly qualified teachers, and has among the lowest teacher salaries. This should be a wake up call for improvement. So many solutions could be proposed to improve the quality of education we are giving to our children — our future. Many of these solutions can be found in the Show-Me Institute's studies and articles about education policy.

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Clovis Ouangraoua