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Missouri Government News for Week of Oct. 18, 1999


Children from lower-income families most likely to benefit from preschool

Children from lower-income families are most likely to benefit from early childhood education, according to a state study released this week.

The study, which was conducted last fall, was requested by Gov. Mel Carnahan. Carnahan called the results from the study "enormously valuable, because they show that participation in good preschool programs can help close the 'readiness gap.'

See our newspaper story for details.


Missouri Seniors Get Free Advice

The Missouri Department for Higher Education is giving all high school seniors free issues of Life 101 magazine. The magazine focuses on college preparation, financial ais, and money management.

See our radio story for details.


St. Louis City Schools Remain Accredited

The Missouri Department of Education voted unanamously to accredit St. Louis city schools through the 2001-2002 school year. Although city schools have only reached 3 of the 11 standards set by the state, the department said that substantial progress was being made.

Assistant Commissioner of Education, Marilou Joyner, says in requiring accredidation, the state is helping to improve struggling school districts like St. Louis city.

See our radio story for details.


Kansas City School District loses accreditation

Effective May 1st, 2000, the Kansas City School District will no longer be accredited by the Missouri's Board of Education.

The district has until June 30, 2002 to meet state accreditation requirements.

If it doesn't, it could face restructuring at the state's hands.

Seee our radio story for details.


Missouri lawmakers use interactive internet technology for the first time

The Joint Committee on Term Limits heard face-to-face testimony from a witness almost 500 miles away.

That's because they used a new internet-based technology that allows for videoconferencing at the cost of only a long-distance telephone call.

See our newspaper story and our package of radio stories for details.


Leading Business Group Opposes Tobacco Suit

Associated Industries of Missouri has attacked the Clinton Administration's plans to file suit against the tobacco industry.

The Missouri business organization says the 25 billion dollar federal lawsuit is an abuse of political power.

See our radio story for details.