- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
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