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By Michael Rathbone on Oct 09, 2014

Missouri taxpayers underwrote the recently released Gone Girl to the tune of $2.36 million. Was that investment worth it?

 

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By Joseph Miller on Oct 02, 2014

In 2006, the state of Indiana leased the Indiana Toll Road to a private company. That company went bankrupt recently, but, because the toll road had been privatized, taxpayers weren't stuck with the bill.

 

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By Joseph Miller on Oct 02, 2014

Missouri voters recently defeated a sales tax initiative to fund transportation needs. Nonetheless, Missouri's Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has to find funding for maintenance and improvement projects. This panel discussion explores future funding options for MoDOT.

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By James V. Shuls on Sep 18, 2014

You may have heard of Common Core--the Common Core State Standards--but what are these standards for primary education and are they appropriate for Missouri? This panel of educational experts discuss their pros and cons.

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By James V. Shuls on Sep 17, 2014

In the wake of Katrina, the Recovery School District (RSD) has rebuilt public education in New Orleans, Louisiana. RSD has made extensive use of charter schools. What can Missouri learn from this natural experiment? Read the recent case study from James Shuls, Ph.D., to find out.

 

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By Patrick Tuohey on Sep 11, 2014

Tax Increment Financing and similar tax subsidies are intended to improve areas that are blighted, but is that what they're really used for?

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Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 1: Are Charters The Next Step For Private Schools?

In the first part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute presented a summary of his research paper: Sector Switchers, Why Catholic Schools Convert To Charters And What Happens Next.

For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to close. In response to difficult financial circumstances, the archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C., put a new twist on the typical story, “closing” a set of their inner-city schools, but allowing them to reopen as independently managed public charter schools.

Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 2: Panel Discussion and Q&A

In the second part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation James Shuls, Ph.D., moderated a panel discussion about religious schools becoming charters schools. The panel consisted of Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute, Corey Quinn, President, De La Salle Middle School, and Matt Hoehner, Regional Executive Director, Educational Enterprises, Inc. The panel also answered questions from the audience.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Sep 04, 2014

Patrick Tuohey notes an effort in Kansas City to bring the Super Bowl to town, but is it worth it? Several research papers have shown that the tax revenue used to bring big events to a city is only rarely  recouped by the revenue generated by the event. Kansas City should spend tax payers money on more pressing needs.

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By Brittany Wagner on Aug 27, 2014

Brittany Wagner reviews some of the highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.

 

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By Brittany Wagner on Aug 27, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.

Schindler has represented several of these students in court. Earlier this month, Judge Michael Burton ordered several school districts to accept transfer students from the unaccredited Normandy school district. Because of the number of students involved and the favorable court decision, Schindler is now pursuing a class action suit on behalf of these transfer students.

 

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