Much of Missouri has been designated as a COVID-19 hotspot. Positivity rates averaged nearly 11% over the past week, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services COVID-19 Dashboard. The current number of confirmed lab cases stands at 57,379 with nearly 1,000 being new cases. It turns out that tracking COVID-19 in Missouri’s […]
Rural Missouri, Meet COVID-19.
Note: Updated on July 11, 2020 to reflect the latest data: Macon +167% Reynolds +100% Douglas +71% Carroll +44% Randolph +31% Christian +30% Gasconade +25% Henry +25% Caldwell +25% Cooper +22% We realize the actual number of positive cases in those counties may be low because they are rural, but for every person […]
Is Equity Lacking in the Show-Me State?
We often hear the Missouri may be one of the most diverse states in the nation. That’s why equity is such an important part of decision making. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article today on a working group appointed by Governor Parson charged with recommending how billions of dollars of federal stimulus money will […]
Missouri Farmers Need Help Now.
Farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our nation. They not only feed our 330 million residents but a large chunk of countries around the world. Because of the COVID-19 crisis farmers across the United States are hurting, and that includes Missouri farmers. According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, farming in Missouri is […]
Parson Made the Right Call to Close Schools
Today, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced his decision to keep all K-12 public and charter schools closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. It was the right call. Parson received recommendations from school district superintendents from across the state as well as from Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) staff. This […]
COVID-19: An Open Call to All MO Elected Officials
The COVID-19 crisis is affecting lives across the nation and certainly here in Missouri. Governor Mike Parson has hosted multiple press conferences to let the public know what steps he is taking to protect our 6 million residents. Like elected officials in other states, he has spoken extensively about the importance of personal responsibility when […]
Executive Leadership is Lacking in Missouri
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today that currently, 538 public schools have shut their doors due to COVID-19 concerns. There are a total of 555 in the state. Unfortunately, each district superintendent, in consultation with their building principals and school board members, had to make this decision on their own. […]
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