Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The new high school looks great!

Tonight was the first time I ever set foot in the new high school.

I am sorry it took so long.

I know it's not new to you guys any longer, but a lot of planning obviously went into it.

Great job, Carthage!

Sam Graves: Government is the problem



(From Sixth District Congresssman Sam Graves)

President Reagan once famously stated that, "government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem." I couldn’t agree more. I’ve long said that government does not create jobs. What government can do is enact policies that set the table for economic growth and provide certainty to small businesses.

For instance, we must have a tax structure that is competitive with the rest of the world. We need to streamline our tax code so that small businesses spend less time trying to calculate how much they owe the government, and more time trying to figure out how to grow their business so they can hire more people.

We must also put a stop to the unnecessary and crushing regulations coming from unaccountable bureaucrats in federal agencies. Washington’s endless stream of rules and regulations has become an obstacle to growth. If we are serious about getting people back to work, we need to cut the red tape. That’s why I have introduced legislation to stop an out of control EPA and voted once again to fully repeal Obamacare and all of its job-killing costs and regulations. These are two common sense steps in the right direction to giving small businesses and all hardworking Americans some much needed relief.

Small businesses want to hire and invest in their people, but they need certainty from Washington. Our job will not be done until everyone who wants a job, can find a job.

Ceremonial signing planned for pro-life bill

(From Speaker of the House Tim Jones, R-Eureka)

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey will hold a ceremonial bill signing for one of the strongest pieces of pro-life legislation in the nation. The ceremony will take place Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Freedom Center of Missouri in Washington, Mo.

Jones and the members of the Missouri General Assembly came together in overwhelming bipartisan fashion during the annual Veto Session to override the governor’s veto of the pro-life bill (HBs 1307 & 1313). When the bill takes effect as law on Friday, Oct. 10, Missouri will join South Dakota and Utah as the only states in the nation to require a 72-hour reflection period before obtaining an abortion. Current law in Missouri requires a 24-hour wait.

“With this monumental piece of legislation Missouri now becomes one of the safest states in the nation for the unborn. The members of the Missouri General Assembly believe in doing all we can to protect the lives of the innocent and I was so proud of my colleagues for coming together in a bipartisan supermajority to override the governor’s unconscionable veto,” said Jones, R-Eureka. “This is a great day in Missouri for all of us who have worked so hard to implement this common sense reform that will save lives.”

Joplin superintendent in charge of two of state's seven Blue Ribbon Schools

·Former Joplin R-8 Superintendent Jim Simpson's Lindbergh School District accounted for two of the seven Blue Ribbon Schools announced today by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


The news release from DESE is printed below:

Seven public schools in Missouri have been honored as 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday.Missouri's Blue Ribbon Schools are:

Concord Elementary, Lindbergh School District

· Festus Elementary, Festus R-VI School District

 Henry Elementary, Parkway C-2 School District

Lincoln College Prep, Kansas City 33 School District

 Long Elementary School, Lindbergh School District

Mason Ridge Elementary School, Parkway C-2 School District

· North Glendale Elementary School, Kirkwood R-VII School District

The national award recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or who have made significant progress to close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.

“Being named a Blue Ribbon School is one of the highest honors a school can receive,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. “Administrators and teachers are working hard to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to be ready for college, postsecondary training and a career. Everyone’s efforts are to be commended.”

College and career readiness is a primary goal of the state's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for Missouri to rank among the top 10 performing states nationally in education by the year 2020.

These seven schools were honored earlier this year in the state-level Gold Star Schools program, which is conducted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

More than 7,000 schools across the country have been honored as Blue Ribbon Schools since the program was founded in 1982. The state and national programs are part of a larger effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school-leadership and teaching practices.

The winners will be recognized November 10-11 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Billy Long: Are Secret Service tweeting and playing games on smartphones?

In what the magazine Roll Call described as a wild line of questions, Seventh District Congressman Billy Long had some interesting ideas of what the Secret Service have been doing instead of taking care of President Obama and his family:

Pierson also faced scrutiny for low morale at the agency, plus a wild line of questions from Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., about whether agents were using smartphones to play games or tweet while on duty. By the end of the hearing, members were suggesting discipline or firings at the agency.

Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes possible Thursday for Joplin area

(From the National Weather Service)

RBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-MILLER-MARIES-VERNON-
ST. CLAIR-HICKORY-CAMDEN-PULASKI-PHELPS-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-
LACLEDE-TEXAS-DENT-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-WEBSTER-WRIGHT-NEWTON-
LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-DOUGLAS-HOWELL-SHANNON-MCDONALD-BARRY-STONE-
TANEY-OZARK-OREGON-
313 PM CDT TUE SEP 30 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF THE MISSOURI
OZARKS AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS.

.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

WEATHER HAZARDS EXPECTED...

  ELEVATED LIGHTNING RISK.

DISCUSSION...

  A FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER EXTREME SOUTHEAST
  KANSAS AND WESTERN MISSOURI AFTER MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. NO SEVERE
  STORMS ARE EXPECTED...AND MOST LOCATIONS SHOULD REMAIN DRY
  TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

  STORM CHANCES WILL INCREASE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
  HOWEVER THE BEST CHANCES WILL BE THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY EVENING
  AS A STRONG COLD FRONT SWEEPS THROUGH THE REGION.

  AN EPISODE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED THURSDAY INTO
  THURSDAY EVENING. LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WIND GUSTS...AND
  TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE MORE INTENSE STORMS.

  WITH MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF STORMS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AND
  THURSDAY...THERE IS A LIMITED RISK FOR FLOODING.

No onsite parking for Joplin High School dedication, ribbon-cutting

(From Joplin Schools)

We're four days away from the JHS/FTC dedication and ribbon cutting! The event starts at 1 p.m. on Friday. It will be open to the public and includes special guests Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. 

Please watch www.joplinschools.org for details regarding community shuttles to the event (there will be no on-site parking) and security information. We're working fast and furious to finalize all of the plans - stay tuned! There will also be a community open house at the school that evening from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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SW Missouri teachers continue battling Amendment 3

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