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Lindbergh’s Plan for Compensating Eric Greitens’ Cuts to Education Spending

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This story is a follow-up to one written in the summer directly after Governor Eric Greitens cut money from the education budget that was used to provide a free ACT test to all juniors attending public high school in the state of Missouri. To read Part One, click here.

In late-September, Lindbergh Schools’ District Assessment Committee met and, after careful consideration, decided that the district will be able to pay for an ACT for all juniors in April 2018. Previously, Dr. Eric Cochran (Head Principal) expressed his desire to provide this luxury for LHS students, but was unsure if the district could afford it.

The committee believes that the data provided by the ACT test is beneficial to our teachers and administration. With the scores, they can determine how well the district is educating its students.

“There’s two reasons to do this test: it informs us as to how we’re doing as a school and it provides a valuable service to the students, their families and our community to have a test paid for by the school. We all agree that this is important for students and their college admissions, [as well]. What the debate became was [whether or not we would] make it optional, but we would lose the validity of our numbers and comparisons from year to year. The advantage of this would be … creating an unbroken chain of data that can be analyzed to determine how we are doing,” Cochran said.

Though a paid-for ACT gives many advantages to juniors and administrators, the district is unsure if they will be able to cover the costs in the future.

“One of the reasons we decided to support it was to build some hope that ultimately the state will find money to pay for it in future years. There’s always a chance the state doesn’t bring it back, but we’ll have to reevaluate that next year,” Cochran said.

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