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SLPS scrambling to fill teacher vacancies

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:44 Published in Local News

   The St. Louis Public Schools are looking for teachers.  The district is trying to replace more than 50 teachers who've resigned in the past 10 weeks.  District officials say half of the teachers who've resigned this year, did so after the first day of school.

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the 72-school city system faces two challenges in retaining quality teachers: lower pay than in neighboring districts, and greater challenges.  

   Rick Sullivan, president of the district’s Special Administrative Board, told the paper that keeping talented teachers and principals, and mentoring new hires, is a constant challenge in the district. 

MO income tax cut faces challenge in veto session

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:16 Published in Local News

   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Republican push to cut Missouri's income taxes faces resistance as lawmakers decide whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes.

   The Republican-led Legislature convenes Wednesday for a veto override session. The tax cut is the highest profile issue out of Nixon's 33 vetoes.

   The legislation would phase-in hundreds of millions of dollars of income tax cuts for businesses and individuals. Republican legislative leaders say it would spur the economy and help Missouri compete against recent tax cuts in Kansas and other states.

   But Nixon says the lost revenues could jeopardize education funding. And he says a drafting error would impose sales taxes on prescription drugs.

   A veto override requires a two-thirds majority in both chambers. Supporters may fall short in the House, because several Republicans plan to vote "no."

 

Normandy schools considering cuts to cover transfer costs

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 02:06 Published in Local News

   Normandy school officials are eyeing cuts to cover the $15 million in tuition costs for 1,600 students who transferred out of the unaccredited district.  Superintendent Ty McNichols says he's begun identifying teachers and programs that will fall to the budget ax.  

   McNichols told a group of about 40 people gathered a a policy breakfast at the Show-Me Institute Tuesday that he's also working to bolster academics, attendance and the graduation rate in the failing district.  But he says he doesn't expect to make big advances before the next transfer application deadline rolls around in February.  

   Normandy has just two months to pay the first of the tuition bills which arrived last week, or the Missouri education department will withhold funding.

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