James V. Shuls

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    James V. Shuls has been an Education Policy Anylist at the Show-Me Institute in Missouri since July 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas and he holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education.


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Local Control and Equity Do Not Mix

The fundamental organization of our school system—a patchwork of 14,000 school districts with geographic monopolies over the residents who live within them—contributes both to spending and educational inequities.


Was Missouri’s Interdistrict Transfer Program Poorly Designed?

The transfer program has allowed 2,000-plus students to have the opportunity for a better education and has launched a robust conversation about how to turn around struggling school districts.


Current Teacher Pension Systems Impose A “Tariff” On Labor

What if, instead of busing students from failing school districts to accredited ones, we bused great teachers from accredited schools into the failing districts? One obstacle: the incompatibility of different pension systems.


Robbing Peter To Pay Paul’s Defined Benefit Pension

The fact that Missouri’s defined benefit pension systems do not tie an individual’s contributions directly to his or her pension benefits causes numerous problems.


Salary Spiking Boosts Pensions, but Cripples Taxpayers

Spiking of final average salary is one factor among many that contributes to the underfunding of defined benefit pension systems in Missouri and in other states.

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