School vouchers and the back door method through which they are being introduced in the Missouri state legislature, tuition tax credits, are explored in an article in today's Blue Springs Examiner:
The article provides both sides of the controversy, as well as noting how much money the out-of-state pro-voucher organization All Children Matter has poured into state elections.
That amount, as noted in the Jan. 20 Turner Report, included $9,679.32 to support the candidacy of Rep. Ed Robb, who filed HB 498, which would provide tuition tax credits for students who attend unaccredited Missouri schools. All Children Matter also paid $24,710.59 for negative advertising attacking Robb's opponent, former Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Jim Ritter.
Robb's bill is co-sponsored by numerous legislators, including four from the Joplin area, Ed Emery, R-Lamar, Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, and Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City.