JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House interim education committee is recommending changes to student transfers, more funding for early childhood education and increased learning time for students.
The panel held 11 public meetings throughout the state this fall and released its report Tuesday to the House speaker.
One of its major topics was Missouri's law allowing students in unaccredited districts to transfer to neighboring districts.
The committee recommended setting a fixed rate of tuition that schools receiving transfer students could charge. It also suggested prescribing the scope of receiving districts' control over the numbers and conditions of transfers they accept.
The panel also recommended that the Legislature look at providing more money for early childhood education, and longer school days for students, especially those who struggle academically or attend troubled districts.
Officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are preparing for expected winter weather this week.
MoDOT crews are ready to plow and treat roads as needed. They want to remind drivers that even a light precipitation can cause roads to become slick. Motorists should allow for extra time when there has been inclement weather.
One of the easiest ways to check road conditions is the MoDOT Traveler Information Map which can be found at modot.org.
MoDOT also released some tips for driving in inclement weather:
·Steer and brake gently.
·Accelerate slowly at intersections.
·Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
·Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.
· Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
·Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the people of Illinois have won after lawmakers approved a major overhaul aimed at solving the state's $100 billion pension crisis.
In a Tuesday statement, Quinn calls it "landmark legislation" that will ensure retirement security.
The Chicago Democrat has made pension reform a top priority for two years, but efforts had been unsuccessfully including previous special sessions and his social media campaign. More recently, Quinn had refused to take a paycheck until lawmakers came up with a comprehensive solution.
The Illinois House and Senate approved a bill that's estimated to save roughly $160 billion over the next three decades.
However, unions were opposed to the measure, calling it unfair and questioning its legality.