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Issue Position: Education

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A strong public school system is of utmost importance in nurturing the most important natural resource we have -- our children. Both of my children attended public schools, and I know that a good education provides the foundation for our children to become productive members of society -- which benefits not only our children and their families, but our entire community. That is why I support investing the resources in our public schools necessary to ensure that they are as strong as possible.

I also have spoken out urging the Missouri legislature to fix the uncertainties facing public school systems in the St. Louis area which have been the subject of a lawsuit known as the Turner case. In 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court interpreted a state law to mean that students in an unaccredited school district, such as the City of St. Louis, can elect to transfer to an adjoining school district, like Clayton, with the unaccredited district being required to pay the students' tuition, and the receiving district having no say in whether it will accept such students. The law has the potential to create havoc for both unaccredited and receiving school districts. While a trial court judge recently ruled that the transfer law is unconstitutional, that ruling certainly will be appealed to higher courts, and the law remains on the books. The transfer law being a creation of the legislature, it is the legislature's responsibility to fix the problems its handiwork created, and prevent potential chaos within the state's school districts.


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