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:
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.
Passed House 99-54-10; State Sen. Mike Kehoe voted YEA; became law without Governor's signature, June 27, 2012