Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
One state department that would face potentially severe consequences of a government shutdown would be the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in math declined in 2013, but remained steady in communication arts and improved in science.
The measure requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to seek grants and donations to be used for the scholarships.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the national “Common Core” standards in 2009.
Education policy issues include public school funding and dealing with the unaccredited St. Louis and Kansas City school districts.
49.2 percent of Springfield’s students qualified for free or reduced lunches during the 2009-10 school year.
Currently, Missouri ranks closer to the middle on most education measures.