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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is moving forward with fully implementing new standards in Missouri’s K-12 schools for teaching math, English and language arts.

Spokeswoman Sarah Potter says the new standards are based on those crafted by the Common Core State Standards initiative.

“The standards say what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level to be on track for success in college and career,” Potter said.

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The Missouri Senate’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration held its final meeting Thursday.

Among the issues discussed was legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given in English only.  Sister Peggy Bonnot runs El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City.  She told the panel that requiring English-only driver’s license tests would create a hardship for legal immigrants trying to build a life here.

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Anyone hoping to get a Missouri driver's license would have to understand English under legislation passed by the state House.

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.