- Jackson man to cast electoral vote for Trump; others trying to dissuade him (11/29/16)51
- Man killed by vehicle had been charged with domestic assault (11/30/16)
- Hotel chain president: City should regulate short-term lodging (11/27/16)16
- Former Cape council member dies, remembered as 'wonderful public servant' (11/29/16)1
- Woman accused in three robberies disguised herself as man (11/29/16)5
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)24
- Officers: Delta man dies during domestic dispute (11/28/16)1
- Business notebook: New store shows faith in Scott City district (11/28/16)
- Missouri chamber to honor Cape's John Mehner (11/30/16)6
- Men who pulled father, son from burning car near Naylor honored by highway patrol (12/1/16)
Sowers knows education needs
As an educator for 38 years, I am concerned about educational quality in the 8th District. One-third of the schools identified as failing to meet accreditation standards are in this district. Qualified, hard-working teachers serve our schools, but they are inadequately supported.
When No Child Left Behind was passed we hoped that it would improve education for all children by setting high standards and measurable goals. Regrettably, however, adequate funding to ensure that children were not left behind was not forthcoming.
Although Congresswoman Emerson voted to establish NCLB, the bill was never fully funded. As teachers struggled to meet requirements, Emerson repeatedly voted to cut funding. The inadequately funded requirement frustrates teachers and leads to a system that fails our children.
We need a representative who has lived here and understands the district. As an educator himself, Tommy Sowers understands the need to build up our educational system.
KATHLEEN CONWAY, Professor Emeritus, College of Education, Southeast Missouri State University, 2812 Oakshire Circle, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701