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1998 Lower Ed. Stories
Radio Story - Fifty students and the governor decorated the Capitol Christmas tree with home-made ornaments. But some of the kids had a better idea.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri Board of Education approved a plan that would require graduating seniors to undergo exit testing for state endorsed diplomas.
Newspaper Story - The legislature gave final approval to a desegregation bill proponents hope will end two decades of court-ordered payments to the St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.
Newspaper Story - The Missouri General Assembly adjourned for the year. Highlights of bills it passed.
Newspaper Story - Ex-convicts teaching in Missouri schools would lose their certificates under a bill passed Wednesday by the Missouri House.
Newspaper Story - In a surprise move, Carnahan's early childhood care program became the first major measure to cleare the legislature.
Radio Story - The bill is designed to resolve the St. Louis school desegregation case. The money would come from property or sales taxes in St. Louis
Newspaper Story - Two of the governor's bills for children clear major hurdles in the legislature.
Radio Story - A senior black legislator announces his opposition to the desegregation bill.
Newspaper Story - The governor's plan to provide day care services at public schools in running into legislative trouble.
Newspaper Story - Democrats fended off Republican attempts to separate desegregation money for St. Louis and Kansas City in the desegregation bill that passed the House Education Committee.
Radio Story - The desegregation bill takes another step forward but the hired gun for the St. Louis City School Board says the bill still needs some work.
Radio Story - State lawmakers spent hours debating whether parents whose children attend private high schools should be given a tax deduction.
Newspaper Story - Opponents of a tax deduction for private school students unsuccessfully tried to remove it from the Senate's major tax-cut bill Wednesday.
Radio Story - The settlement coordinator in the St. Louis school desegregation case testified in support of Senate-passed legislation.
Radio Story - St. Louis City School Board Members came out to defend their reputation at a state House Education Committee hearing of the Senate's desegregation bill.
Radio Story - The NAACP urges lawmakers to change the bill passed by the Senate to settle the court-ordered school desegregation case.
Newspaper Story - High school enrollment would needed to get a driver's license under legislation before Missouri's General Assembly.
Radio Story - Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved the amendment that would allow local school districts to seek voter approval for more bonds.
Radio Story - While the state Senate was passing the desegregation bill, the governor endorsed a provision to give him a bigger voice over St. Louis city schools.
Newspaper Story - Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved two constitutional amendments Tuesday that supporters say will improve the quality of public schools.
Newspaper Story - Constitutional Amendment 3 would allow the Kansas City school board to raise the school levy without a vote of the Kansas City residents.
Radio Story - The Senate approved a provision of the desegregation bill that would allow parents living in Kansas City and St. Louis' urban districts to send their children to charter schools.
Newspaper Story - A plan to entice a settlement in the St. Louis desegregation case is approved by the Senate.
Radio Story - Missouri would get 25 million dollars for school transportation under an amendment added to the Senate desegregation bill.
Newspaper Story - The Senate got into the details of day care in public schools. Many questions are still left unanswered.
Newspaper Story - The Senate gives first-round approval to an alternative to mandating English has an official language.
Radio Story - The Senate votes to establish grants for English-language education programs.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Education Committee passed a bill that would allow charter schools to be established in any school district in the state.
Newspaper Story - The House Education Committee passed a bill to allow charter schools in St. Louis and Kansas City, rejecting an attempt to lift education regulations for all school districts.
Newspaper Story - Plan to provide state-funded preschool in public schools is proposed in Missouri's legislature.
Newspaper Story - Witnesses testify for and against making Missouri the 31st state with charter school legislation on its books.
Newspaper Story - Another battle over tax breaks for private school costs in looming in Missouri's legislature.
Newspaper Story - Riverboat gambling lawsuits are threatening funding for the governor's day-care program.
Newspaper Story - Teachers added to collective bargaining for public workers.
Newspaper Story - Gov. Carnahan continues his criticism of the desegregation funding bill before the Senate -- calling it too expensive.
Radio Story - Governor Carnahan says he still doesn't like the desegregation bill narrowly passed by the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
Newspaper Story - The Senate Education Committee reverses itself and passes a school-desegregation funding bill, after tacking on extra funds for non-city schools.
Radio Story - Governor Mel Carnahan's hails House passage of a bill to use gambling money to fund day care services by public schools.
Radio Story - Missouri's governor is criticizing the school desegretation plan stalled in the Senate Education Committee.
Newspaper Story - The House approves a means to fund a component of Mel Carnahan's program for daycare services at public schools.
Radio Story - Teachers convicted of serious felonies would be automatically expelled from their classrooms, under a bill the House gave preliminary approval to.
Newspaper Story - A controversial $1,000 extra in funding for pupils in the St. Louis and Kansas City schools plus the governor's invisibility on the desegregation issue helped contribute to the bill's defeat.
Radio Story - The Senate Education Committee votes down a proposal to guarantee more funds to St. Louis schools in an effort to end court-ordered desegregation.
Newspaper Story - A House committee cuts the governor's proposed funding for software to keep Internet porn away from school children.
Newspaper Story - Appeals by the St. Louis school desegregation settlement coordinator fails to budget rural opposition to the desegregtion bill.
Radio Story - Summer school for those who flunk school in St. Louis was proposed to the Senate Education Committee as part of the deseg bill.
Radio Story - A stipulation that would allow the St. Louis Mayor to pick the School Board is part of a settlement being negotiated in the desegregation case.
Newspaper Story - Suburban school superintendents whose districts don't get any desegregation funds told the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday that their schools needs attention, too.
Radio Story - Tempers flared at the Capitol Wednesday as legislators and educators debated whether to give city schools an extra $1,000 per child.
Radio Story - St. Louis County Senator Anita Yeckel introduced a bill that would make behavior and staying in school a factor in whether minors can get a driver's license.
Radio Story - Expanded daycare programs were promoted by Missouri's first lady in her first-ever appearance before a legislative committee.
Newspaper Story - In her first appearance before a legislative committee, he wife of Missouri's governor urged passage of a plan to offer daycare servicees at local schools.
Radio Story - Missouri lawmakers hear it will take a pile of cash to get the federal court out of the St. Louis school system.
Radio Story - Senators in the Ways and Mean committee debate whether it is constitutional for the state to give tax cuts for religious purposes, but not for tuition for religious schools.
Newspaper Story - Lawmakers were told by a federal court mediator that the state will have to spend more money to end court-ordered school desegregation.
Radio Story - A compromise offered during a House committee meeting proposes that school boards be able to pick their start dates, as long as the Friday before Labor Day is a holiday.
Newspaper Story - Opponents argue government-funded programs at public schools would be unfair competition for private day care centers.
Radio Story - Governor Carnahan wants funding for Missouri schools to purchase software that regulates Internet use.
Newspaper Story - Carnahan said his proposal would help schools purchase software that would block kids from accessing "inappropriate sites." Some are critical of the effectiveness of that software.
Newspaper Story - Sen. John Russell introduced his bill to require teenagers under 18 to be currently enrolled in high school, have a diploma or a GED certificate to obtain a driver's license.
Radio Story - A House bill would require Missouri students to remain in school until age 18 or lose their driver's licenses.
Radio Story - The debate over Missouri's state language hinges on one word. English as the "official" state language has fizzled in past bills, but a new proposal calls it the "common" language. Missourians voiced their concerns to lawmakers.
Newspaper Story - The governor proposes a $56 million package to expand daycare services.
Newspaper Story - Power to choose the people who set Missouri's secondary education agenda would shift from the governor to the voters under a plan presented by Missouri House Republicans.
Newspaper Story - Missouri's governor will propose funds for local schools to provide daycare services for working parents.
Radio Story - House Repubicans propose giving voters the power to elect the state's Board of Education.
Newspaper Story - Drugs, taxes & term limits dominate the 1998 legislative session that begins on the same day a former House speaker goes to prison.
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