Mike Kehoe on Education
Expanding school choice is an early priority
Kehoe said his other early priorities are expanding school choice, growing the agriculture industry, and creating a job-friendly environment. "Education is a huge issue, giving parents and children the choice to make sure they're getting the right
educational opportunities," he said. "Growing our state's agriculture industry--I'm a first-generation farmer (so) I have a unique look at what it takes to work with Missouri's 95,000 family farmers."
Source: MissouriNet on 2024 Missouri Gubernatorial race
, May 22, 2023
Arts not a cure-all, but can give young people alternatives
Kehoe said arts are not a cure-all to social problems, "but it certainly does give, especially young people, some alternatives, and so it's important that we continue to try to promote what arts can do, especially in our school systems, to give
these young people alternatives" to things such as becoming absorbed in social media or running with "the wrong crowd."
"And if they have some talents, it's a good time to start developing them," he added.
Source: Jefferson City News Tribune on 2022 Missouri Senate race
, Dec 1, 2019
Fund higher education as long as they're producing
Kehoe said current Gov. Mike Parson is more supportive of funding higher education in an "appropriate manner."
"I think those institutions should be accountable,"
Kehoe said. "We have a measurement system our higher education institutions all use. So I think as long as they're producing and we're not just pouring money into a bottomless pit, then that's fine."
Source: Northwest Missourian on 2022 Missouri Senate race
, Nov 13, 2019
Bar schools reopening more than 14 days before Labor Day
In his first legislative session in the executive branch, the former Senate Majority Floor Leader successfully lobbied for a bill aimed at boosting tourism by barring schools from starting earlier than 14 days before Labor Day.
Local superintendents weren't happy about the idea, but tourism operators had lamented seeing more families ending vacations in early August and were excited about getting another summer weekend to make money.
Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2022 Missouri Senate race
, Sep 26, 2019
Expand charter schools to cities & poor-performing districts
Authorizing the Expansion of Charter Schools: Charter schools may be operated:Legislative Outcome:
Passed House 99-54-10; State Sen. Mike Kehoe voted YEA; became law without Governor's signature, June 27, 2012
Source: Missouri legislative voting records for S.B. 576
, May 15, 2012
- in a metropolitan/urban school district (over 350,000 inhabitants);
- or in a school district that has been declared unaccredited or provisionally
accredited by [poor] annual performance reports;
- or in a school district that has been fully-accredited if sponsored by the local school board.
- For fully-accredited schools, enrollment must exceed 1,550 students of which more than 35% of its
student enrollment is able to enroll in charter schools sponsored by the local board.
- District school boards which are currently sponsoring a charter school retain their authority regardless of the rules above.
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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)
vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
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