One of the difficult things about public policy is convincing policymakers that they really don’t need to “do something” to solve a problem.
This week, the Missouri House Education Committee debated a bill that would move school board elections to the November general election date.
What makes a successful city? Recently, the Show-Me Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, sponsored an academic research seminar to explore that question.
After years of positive reforms that seek to improve one of the lowest performing school systems in the nation, New Mexico’s newly elected leadership has decided to turn back the clock. Letter grades that were easy for parents to understand will be replaced with “text labels” that aren’t.
There is a growing chorus of voices claiming that teaching is a terrible job. Over the past two years, teachers have gone on strike in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina and Los Angeles. There is increasing sentiment that now is a terrible time to be a teacher.
The movement toward greater spending transparency in Missouri local government reached a milestone this week. A law requiring cities to submit spending records to the state was perfected in the Missouri House of Representatives—the furthest such legislation has gone to date.
Is reducing the time someone spends waiting on a streetcar worth a $10 million-dollar price tag?
As Kansas City considers expanding pre-K on the April 2nd ballot, two things about the research should be made clear: pre-K programs often do not have the long-term results supporters claim they do, and the programs that do show results cannot be scaled up for an entire city.
If you’re licensed to fix hair, or fix plumbing, or fix ankles in another state, it’s sort of silly that Missouri would start with the presumption that you can’t fix those things in our state, too.
On the April ballot, Kansas Citians are being asked to vote on a three-eighth cent sales tax to fund a universal pre-K program. But the benefits being promised to Kansas City voters are not from the type of program Kansas Citians are being offered.