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Area superintendents welcome signing of early childhood education bill

July 13, 2014News Clip

Area superintendents are applauding Gov. Jay Nixon’s signing this week of a bill that would include state funding for early childhood education programs in schools.

However, it will be a few years before the money is available.

“It’s monumental,” said Peter Stiepleman, superintendent for Columbia Public Schools.

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Lawmakers approve bill allowing early childhood education funding

May 16, 2014News Clip

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill allowing state funding to school districts that provide pre-kindergarten education passed with strong majorities in both legislative chambers despite the concerns of some conservatives that it gives “government schools” more power over young minds.

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Wright is appointed ethics vice chairman

May 10, 2014News Clip

JEFFERSON CITY — State Rep. John Wright was appointed vice chairman of the House Ethics Committee, which reviews complaints of misconduct or unethical behavior against House members.

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Pre-K bill advances in House

April 18, 2014News Clip

The Missouri House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would provide state funding for preschool programs. The approval marks the first time a "significant piece of early childhood legislation has been passed by either chamber," Rep. John Wright, D-Rocheport, said.

"I think it was a very special moment for education, to see such broad-based and bipartisan support of early childhood education in Missouri," Wright said.

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