View from the Capitol by State Rep. Ed Schieffer

 Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer

Rep. Ed Schieffer

As promised last week, here are the final six questions from the legislative survey sent out this year.

Education
7.  Teacher tenure system.
Answer    Count    Percent
It works well and should remain in place.    106    29.44%
It impacts education quality, but other issues needing to be fixed have a greater impact.    63    19.17%
It penalizes students by protecting ineffective teachers.    162    45.00%
No opinion.    18    5.00%
Blank    5    1.39%

8. National education standards.
Answer    Count    Percent
National standards are an unwelcome federal government intrusion into local issues.    168    46.67%
States should set guidelines that can give deference to local communities.    72    20.00%
National standards can improve our nation’s public schools and better inform parents.    103    28.61%
No opinion.    13    3.61%
Blank    4    1.11%

Education
9. What should happen when a school district fails to achieve or maintain accreditation.
Answer    Count    Percent
The local community should fix it, & the state should stay out of it.    116    32.22%
The state government should step in and work to fix it.    151    41.94%
The state should close the district and divide its territory among other school districts.    74    20.56%
No opinion.    9    2.50%
Blank    10    2.78%

Education
10.  Regarding students residing in unaccredited districts.
Answer    Count    Percent
Allow students to transfer to other public schools district that will accept them.    150    41.67%
Allow students to transfer to any public school district they wish to attend.    36    10.00%
Allow students to transfer to any other school, whether publicly or privately operated.    55    15.28%
Require students to remain in their home district if it becomes unaccredited.    98    27.22%
No opinion.    13    3.61%
Blank    8    2.22%
Medicaid expansion 11.
Answer    Count    Percent
Missouri should expand Medicaid to provide health care access to those who otherwise can’t afford it, protect Missouri hospitals & create jobs.    194    53.89%
Missouri should reject Medicaid expansion and the federal money that would come with it.    140    38.89%
No opinion.    18    5.00%
Blank    8
Campaign contributions limits 12.
Answer    Count    Percent
Campaign donors should be allowed to give as much money to candidates as they want.    34    9.44%
Unlimited campaign contributions have a corrupting influence on government and must be restricts.    313    86.94%
No opinion.    9    2.50%
Blank    4    1.11%

I appreciate all those who responded by sending in their survey.

It is a very useful tool while debate on these issues is going on.

Thank you.

As always, I respect your trust and value your advice, comments and questions.

Let me know how I may serve you and your family.

If you have laws you would like to see changed or created, feel free to send me an email about it.

Please call me at (573)751-9459, toll free at (855)285-3781, locally at (636)299-3270 or (636)462-7295.

If you wish to fax my office, our number is (573)522-0441.

You may email me at ed.schieffer@house.mo.gov  or elected11thmorep@excite.com.

You may also check legislation at www.house.mo.gov.

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