Missouri Policy Journal
Number 3 - Summer/Fall 2015
Cover: Denise Jacobson
Amanda N. Aldridge
Charter schools are publically funded, non-sectarian, tuition-free organizations that educate students. The charter model was created to allow schools to remain free from some governmental regulations and to offer parents a tuition-free choice for K-12 education. Across the country, millions of students attend charter schools, and another million remain on waiting lists to get into these schools. Ultimately, charter schools attract families that have similar belief systems and missions as the school claims, and again, offer parents a choice in public education. High quality educational options that provide a safe and nurturing environment for students and encourage personal growth and academic achievements are needed in Missouri.
Melissa C. Emerson
Access to justice is a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. There is no right to an attorney in most civil legal cases in the United States, which has led to a growing justice gap. The availability of civil legal aid is largely dependent on where one is situated geographically. This article examines the current civil legal aid landscape in the state of Missouri, highlighting the funding sources, legal aid delivery mechanisms, and pro bono service among Missouri attorneys. Policy recommendations are provided that could serve to narrow the justice gap in the state.
The political polarization of metropolitan areas is occurring widely within the United States. By highlighting the political polarization that has been underway for decades in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin metropolitan area, this can serve as a way to understand political polarization within the St Louis metropolitan area. This article uses political and demographic data from the Missouri Information Spatial Data Information Service to take a close look at developments in the St Louis metropolitan area. Geographic Information System (GIS) was used and the maps were created using Archmap. The results suggest that political polarization is occurring within the St Louis metropolitan area.