Missouri Business Headlines

Scenes from STEM Day at the Capitol

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Students and education stakeholders from across Missouri gathered at the capitol on March 2 to celebrate STEM education. Watch these video vignettes to get a glimpse into the event.

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Jeb Bush touts Missouri’s education reform work

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush visited the Missouri Capitol on March 2 to promote lawmakers’ ongoing work to reform the state’s education system. Bush met with Missouri legislators and spoke with reporters about the need to update the educational system. “Think about all of the great institutions in our society that have changed and adapted […]

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STEM Day at the Capitol

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Hundreds of students and education supporters will rally at the Missouri Capitol on Thursday in a celebration of the state’s growing math and science efforts. The annual STEM Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Missouri Chamber Foundation’s Mathematics and Science Coalition, highlights this important part of our economy and the opportunities STEM education provides […]

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Bill to expand charter school education passes House committee

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As a retired English teacher, Rep. Rebecca Roeber is very familiar with the issues facing Missouri’s public education system. Now, she has emerged as one of the Missouri General Assembly’s leading proponents of education reform initiatives. Her House Bill 634 would allow charter schools to expand to Missouri’s first class and charter counties. Currently, charter […]

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Missouri Chamber supports bill to narrow skills gap by increasing access to advanced level high school courses online

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Many Missouri schools – especially rural schools and districts with difficult working conditions – are struggling to find teachers to cover math, science and advanced placement courses. The result: Missouri students are not getting the education they deserve or the skills they need to function in today’s workforce. Missouri’s virtual instruction program (MOVIP) was established […]

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Senate passes bill to revive Missouri’s employment arbitration system

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When a dispute arises between a business and an employee, arbitration is a fair, low-cost tool that both sides can use to reach a resolution without turning to the courts. Given this benefit, it’s a common practice for companies to ask their employees to sign agreements that ensure arbitration would be the first option should […]

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Sen. Bob Onder wants to protect small business

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In 2015, the National Labor Relations Board upended labor laws with a joint-employer decision that threatens small franchise businesses with excess litigation. Read more here. Senate Bill 201, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder seeks to address this problem in Missouri. On Feb. 22, the bill was passed by the Missouri Senate’s Government Reform Committee.

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Missouri Senate passes “motivating factor” standard in workers’ compensation dismissal cases

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When it comes to firing or demoting an employee, those business decisions should never be motivated by whether that employee previously made use of workers’ compensation benefits after a workplace injury. This “motivating” standard would be codified in Missouri statute under a bill passed by the Missouri Senate. Senate Bill 113 makes it clear that Missouri […]

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