If nothing changes for St. Louis Public Schools' current crop of 9th graders, 50% will drop out before graduation and only 30% will head to college. These outcomes mean that employers are reluctant to locate here because the workforce is not well-educated. Young families move out of the City in search of better education for their children. And the 70% of our children who do not even start college will earn $1 million less than their college-educated peers over their lifetime. This must change! My top priority in the Missouri Senate will be to do whatever it takes to provide opportunities for quality education to St. Louis's children. That means supporting efforts at St. Louis Public Schools and showing support for public charter schools. We must be prepared to change and improve the way we educate and pay our teachers. And, we must be open to virtual schools and other opportunities that are created by new technologies. President Obama is providing the leadership--and the funds--for bold changes in our public schools. It's time for Missouri to step up and participate.