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By Patrick Tuohey on Dec 06, 2018

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you have to spend money to make money.” Thanks to some reporting by Brian Robbins and Jacob Kirn of the St. Louis Business Journal, we know that in Missouri we spend money just to spend money.

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By Brenda Talent, Susan Pendergrass on Nov 26, 2018

On November 19, the Missouri State Board of Education met in a closed session to determine who would be selected as the state’s next commissioner of education. It was high time to do so. In a tumultuous session almost a year ago, the board removed the last commissioner, Dr.

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By James V. Shuls on Nov 19, 2018

First impressions are hard to overcome. This is true of people and of policies. For years, school choice has been presented as a turnaround tool, an instrument to improve public education through market forces. That is partly why Missouri only has charter school options in St.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Nov 15, 2018

On this day – and, indeed, on many other days of every year going all the way back to 1968 – retired St. Louisan Gary E. Quint stops to give thanks for the fact that he and some of his Vietnam wartime buddies are still alive.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Sep 21, 2018

Parenting is hard. We want to do more than just keep our children safe and happy. We try to give them every possible opportunity to succeed in life, and that effort often begins with finding them the best possible school, or at least making the best of their assigned public school.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Sep 13, 2018

Kansas City recently released a study of its economic development incentive programs.

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Cities across Missouri are struggling to provide basic public services. At the same time, they’re giving hundreds of millions of public tax dollars to corporations for private development projects. What’s going on here?

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By Graham Renz on Jul 24, 2018

In the age of Amazon, only fools, tricksters, or geniuses invest in malls.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jul 20, 2018

Outside of Missouri, the most closely watched contest in the Aug. 7 elections here will not be any of the political races; it will be the resolution of an important policy question.

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By James V. Shuls on Jul 19, 2018

As a 19-year old college student studying to be an elementary school teacher, I was given a heavy dose of fear. Not the kind of fear that challenges you to think about whether you have chosen the right career path. Nor the kind that challenges you to rise to the occasion. No.

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