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Home health, hospice nurses in OR call for union contract agreement; MS ranks low among states for long-term care services, supports; and a look at how adopting children changed the lives of two Texas women.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence reportedly tells investigators more details about efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley wins the endorsement of a powerful Koch brothers' network and a Senate committee targets judicial activists known to lavish gifts upon Supreme Court justices.

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Congress has iced the long-awaited Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents speak out about a planned road through Alaska's Brooks Range a dream destination for hunters and angler.

Poll: Parents Support Educators, Schools' Handling of COVID

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022   

Recent polling shows strong support for educators and schools in Missouri and across the country throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

More than three in four parents in a nationwide survey said they are satisfied with how their kids' schools handled the pandemic, and endorse the quality and performance of their teachers.

Jason Roberts, president of the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel, said most parents understand the reality of public education, despite the political climate suggesting otherwise.

"There's a lot going on in Missouri around this, with legislation on divisive topics, on critical race theory, on book bans, on banning the 1619 Project," Roberts outlined. "There's even legislation to allow for the recall of board members if you disagree with them."

He noted Missouri's attorney general has sued roughly 35 school districts for instituting mask mandates, but added many of those districts requiring masks have been able to keep from shutting down during COVID surges.

The poll finds one of parents' biggest issues is the teacher shortage, with 65% indicating they are concerned about it. Roberts noted Missouri already had a teacher shortage, which is getting worse. He pointed to recent state polling showing about 50% of educators are ready to leave the profession.

"When you have half of your teachers saying, 'I'm looking for something else, I'm ready and willing to walk,' and then, you have people in Jefferson City making decisions that say, you know, 'We're going to make your job even harder,' we only incentivize vacating classrooms," Roberts asserted. "And that only stands to hurt children."

In the national poll, 75% of parents expressed concerns about shortages of counselors and nurses, and more than 70% worry about students falling behind, academically or socially. Nearly 70% also said they are concerned about inadequate funding for schools, and 65% about low teacher pay.


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