School Voucher Bill

1 decade 4 years 8 months ago Tuesday, October 11 2005 Oct 11, 2005 Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:59:43 PM CDT October 11, 2005 in News

Opponents of school vouchers, like Peggy Cochran of the National Education Association, say they are not fooled by the wording of House Bill 639.

"Either way, whether it's a voucher, whether it's a tuition tax credit, or whether it's a charitable scholarship, a voucher by any other name is still a voucher and it still takes money away from the general revenues of Missouri and it still takes money from our public schools," Cochran says.

The bill gives money to kids in failing school districts to transfer to other schools -- public or private. The primary supporters of the voucher program, the Missouri Citizen Education Fund, donated money to politicians in Missouri who support the school voucher program, including Governor Matt Blunt. The Missouri Citizen Education Fund received over $425,000 in donations last year to support Missouri politicians. But less than 1% of that money came from Missouri taxpayers, causing opponents of the bill to argue that the goals of the Missouri Citizen Education Fund don't reflect those of Missouri voters.  Senator Chuck Graham also says the organization donated more than the legal amount to fund politicians who support school vouchers.

"The maximum contribution that someone can accept by law when they run for the House of Representatives is $300. They spent tens of thousands of dollars supporting Ed Robb in his effort to win the 24th District, and Therese Sander in her effort to win re-election in the 22nd District. All in all, in my Senate District they spent nearly $50,000 to try to elect people that are pro-voucher candidates," Graham says.

Officials say the bill could take as much as $40 million away from Missouri's general fund that funds public schools. People who contribute get an 80% tax credit.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District announced an update to families on Thursday about fall classes. The district's... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - While higher education saw its state funding slashed Tuesday for the new fiscal year... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 8:32:46 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - An arcade bar in Columbia is shutting down for two weeks after a customer tested positive for coronavirus,... More >>
6 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 7:35:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Jefferson City police investigators worked with authorities from Jacksonville, Florida to solve a 1999 cold case. ... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:32:19 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. ... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Division of Employment Security is handling a record number... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
TIPTON – Governor Mike Parson signed two bills on Thursday to expand internet broadband in rural Missouri. HB 1768... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 4:56:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Cities like St. Louis and Kansas City passed mask ordinances this week, and Columbia's city council will decide... More >>
10 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 3:33:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks are preparing for large... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 2:38:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mayor Brian Treece gave an update Thursday morning on his thoughts about the proposed mask ordinance. "On... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 2:07:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – The extended deadline for filing income taxes is fast approaching, but help is available for those who need... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 1:43:00 PM CDT July 02, 2020 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- Sleep problems in early childhood may be linked to the development of certain mental health disorders in adolescence,... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 9:26:54 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 7:31:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County has seen its number of COVID-19 cases rise over the past few weeks. This has prompted... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, July 02 2020 Jul 2, 2020 Thursday, July 02, 2020 4:51:00 AM CDT July 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - After a yearslong battle between local activists and the city that featured environmentalist Sutu Forté... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 10:00:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Jonathan Irons was wrongfully convicted for almost 23 years in the state prison system, however Wednesday, July 1... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 9:19:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council plans to review an ordinance on July 6 that would require people to wear... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 8:26:00 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque have been informed that the IBM Client Innovation Center will close within four... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, July 01 2020 Jul 1, 2020 Wednesday, July 01, 2020 5:47:27 PM CDT July 01, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 72°
5am 71°