We know what doesn’t work for the Kansas City Public Schools. We’re pretty sure about what won’t work. Let’s give more credence to the people who have a track record of making schools work.
Well, that was efficient. In just one week, the Missouri General Assembly managed to pass an economic development bill a feat that often eludes the legislature during its regular sessions. Does this herald a new era of cooperation in Jefferson City? Not a chance.
The notion of a genetic testing company selling ones DNA code the way an online retailer sells email addresses feels decidedly creepy. But what if your doctor asks you to share your genetic information to advance the cause of treatments and cures?
A nice trove of documents obtained by The Guardian newspaper point to financial woes at the American Legislative Exchange Council and eagerness by the conservative policy-making group to control state lawmakers.
I have seen and heard a lot of excuses for the behavior of over-the-top Black Friday shoppers. Right. Got it. But I still say Black Friday (or Gray Friday, as some people are calling it, since some of the stores are opening on Thursday now) is an embarrassing spectacle.
With her closed meeting and sanitation of the fiscal note, Chris Nicastro, Missouri's education commissioner, comes across as looking sneaky. And thats a shame. Missouri should be talking about the best ways to evaluate, reward and remove teachers. But a ballot initiative pushed by a school choice advocacy group is hardly the best forum for that discussion.
It seems we have a new Thanksgiving dilemma to mull over: Should your teenager be able to invite a date to dinner? But really, why on earth would any high school student want to sit around watching football with a classmates eccentric uncle, then plow his or her way through a turkey dinner and a fraught family conversation?
We should be happy there is a rising middle class in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, where for years the path to prosperity was thought to be a border crossing into the United States. And we should look at whats working there think education and infrastructure and apply the lessons here.
Legislators need to know that Missourians really dont care where they meet, or whether the format is a formal committee meeting or an informational exchange of ideas. But Missourians did make it known during a series of public hearings over the summer that theyd like their elected leaders to take an honest look at expanding Medicaid.
Throughout America, even in some GOP-controlled statehouses, health care reform is taking shape under the parameters of the Affordable Care Act. Its not happening as quickly, or as smoothly, as people had hoped. But it is happening.
The best strategy would be for President Barack Obama and the Democrats to buckle up and ride out this storm. They need to fix the tech problems with the exchange and steer consumers there. They do not need to unravel the intricate health care law because 2 percent of the population is unhappy and Republicans are capitalizing on it.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixons economic development border war speech at a Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City event produced more questions than answers. If anybody is waiving the truce flag, Im not seeing it.
The overturning of Ryan Fergusons murder conviction highlighted the lack of accountability for prosecutors who violate statutes and the canons of their profession in order to sway juries. And then it happened. Accountability, sort of. In Texas, no less.
Its possible more cases of prosecutor misconduct come to light in Missouri because judges on the higher courts are willing to look closely at defendants claims. For the sake of fairness, we should be thankful for that.
A reporters experience reveals how difficult it will be to crack down on Internet lenders. They operate with front companies, phone numbers that no one answers and addresses that dont exist. Its very hard to get to them. But rest assured, consumers, they will get to you if you crack open a door.
If Ryan Ferguson is innocent of Kent Heitholt’s murder, he has lost eight years of his life to prison. Investigators have lost valuable time in learning what actually happened the night in 2001when Heiholt, a sports editor, was found dead in his newspaper’s parking lot.
The problem with food stamps isnt that too many people have them. Its that too many people need them. Instead of fighting over food stamps, we should be fighting for fair wages.
To feel the love these days, Sam Brownback has to look outside Kansas. The conservative media still adore him.
Obamacare opponents are having a field day with the presidents if you like your plan you can keep it pledge. But the broken promise, while a bonanza for the presidents critics, isnt bad news at all for many of the people who cant keep their policies.
Hello, Kansas and Missouri. Are you listening? While GOP politicians, who never wanted the Affordable Care Act to succeed, are feigning outrage over the insurance exchanges technical difficulties, some of them are moving mountains to ensure their states participation in Obamacare.
Question 1 on the Jackson County ballot Nov. 5, a request for a half-cent sales tax increase that would raise about $40 million a year for medical research, is the best chance to boost Kansas Citys identity as a hub for scientific discovery. Its a visionary idea, and Im proud to support it.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James was in a button-pushing mood Tuesday night when he addressed a Missouri legislative committee that is touring the state listening to peoples ideas about education. He did a great job of speaking up for constituencies who tend to get beat up in Jefferson City: teachers, urban kids and parents and public schools in general.
Incidents in Missouri and Florida involving teenagers and bullying have erupted into full-blown Internet scandals, and you can be sure that life for all concerned is absolute hell. Parents, there has to be a way to head off trouble like this.
There is plenty of reason to be outraged by what happened in the teen sex case in Maryville. But the situation wont be helped at all by grandstanding politicians trying to score points from a tragedy. Whats called for his quiet, behind-the-scenes work that will give the Nodaway County prosecutor a path to reopening the case.
Malala Yousafzais bravery and public profile has captivated the world. But it is important also to acknowledge the work of a group that operates mostly in anonymity to pressure regimes not to use weapons of mass destruction. You wont find me second-guessing the Nobel committees decision.