From left, Jill Cremer, Jennifer Jordan and Shelley Woods of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

From left, Jill Cremer, Jennifer Jordan and Shelley Woods of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education monitor the Senate budget hearing Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Capitol in Jefferson City. At the time, the committee was discussing a $2 million “public school improvement” line in the budget. “We’re here to address any questions that get asked of the department,” Woods said. “Unfortunately there’s not enough seating inside for everyone.”

  • Tristen Rouse is a statehouse photojournalist and a photo editor at the Columbia Missourian. He can be reached at tristenrousephoto@gmail.com or on Instagram @tristenrouse