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Election Day 2012

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Proposition B: Vote “Yes!”

Those of us who came of age in the hippie era will remember a peace quote: “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” This election cycle in Missouri, we might well paraphrase that … Continue reading

October School Board Reports — Week 2

15 local school boards met last week. Kansas Basehor Linwood Highlight: Heard financial audit report for fiscal year that ended last summer Blue Valley Highlight: Received a report on the district’s annual financial audit De Soto Highlights: Considered adopting a district policy governing “Energy Conservation” Heard an enrollment report, which showed an increase of 89 students (which … Continue reading

UPDATED 8/9/2012 Missourians Approve “This Homework Is Against My Religion” Amendment

UPDATE: Well, that didn’t take long. The day after voters approved Amendment 2, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging it as unconstitutional. Although this challenge relates to prisoner rights, challenges may also be forthcoming regarding the new right this amendment gives to students to refuse school assignments they say violate their religion: http://tinyurl.com/9dlv3emContinue reading

MO State Board of Education Approves Tobacco Tax Initiative to Fund Schools

Missouri’s State Board of Education has issued a press release with news of their approval of a proposed new sales tax on tobacco products. This tax would raise funds for public education in the state. Approval came at the board’s June meeting last week in Jefferson City: Missouri State Board of Education Affirms the Healthy … Continue reading

Originally posted on 20 Pounds Of Headlines:
(AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court questioned Monday whether voters should still get a say on a trio of pocketbook initiatives this November if it rules that the auditor didn’t have the authority to estimate the measures’ effect on state revenues. At issue before the seven-member high court are…

Piper School Board to Discuss How to Make Room for a Growing Number of Students

The Piper School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. In addition to routine items on the agenda, such as overseeing personnel changes and considering a donation of softball bat bags, board members have a full schedule. One agenda item will be discussion of how to make room for a growing number of students. Because of … Continue reading

Platte County R-3 Tax Levy: Voters Said “No.” What’s Next?

Earlier this week, voters turned down the Platte County R-3 school district’s request for an increased tax levy. School administrators said the levy was necessary to pay for expansion to make room for a growing number of students. “We asked the voters a question, and they have given us an answer,” Superintendent Michael Reik said … Continue reading

Voters Say “No” to Tax Levy Increase in Platte County R-3 School District

Voters in the Platte County R-3 School District this evening refused to approve an increased tax levy to pay for construction to make room for an increasing number of students. In exchange for approving an extra 60-cent tax levy, district administrators promised to expand Pathfinder Elementary, improve the high school, enhance district technology and security … Continue reading

CORRECTION: No Tax Levy Increase in Platte County School District

UPDATE: As a novice political reporter, I mistook the results from the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners as the complete results. The Platte County R-3 School District educates students from both Clay and Platte counties. I regret any confusion this might create. Please see the story based on the complete election results from the … Continue reading

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