Under Pressure: Reducing High Blood Pressure Can Have Physical and Mental Health Benefits

You probably already know that high blood pressure (HBP) can have a major impact on your health. It’s already well proven that HBP can frequently be at the root of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Now new research is showing that HBP in middle age can increase the risk of dementia. Hypertension in people as young as 36 is linked to poor brain health in later life. Get to...
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MRTA Executive Director Search Update

Dear MRTA Members: Happy Holidays! On behalf of our Executive Transition Committee and the entire MRTA Board of Directors, we hope this message finds you well and looking forward to a special holiday season with friends and family. As you know, we are currently searching for a new Executive Director for MRTA and assure you we are doing due diligence throughout this entire process....
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2022 MRTA End of Session Report

Since the Missouri General Assembly began the 2022 Legislative Session on January 5, 2022, there were more than 2,200 bills introduced. MRTA has monitored and tracked almost 400 bills.  The 2022 Legislative session adjourned for the last time this year on May 13, 2022.  There is good news for the education community regarding the budget. The Missouri General Assembly passed the...
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MO State Budget Approved - Teacher Starting Pay Increased

The Missouri General Assembly passed the $49 billion state budget last week. This budget was the largest budget passed in Missouri history. The budget includes DESE's $10 billion budget. Below are some of the funding increases:   Funds to increase teacher pay, including: Fully funding Governor Parson’s recommendation to increase the baseline teacher salary from $25,000...
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