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  • Additional Funding Needed to Avoid Funding Redistribution

    Administrators and school district supporters should be aware of a looming issue for the 2015-16 school year. In December, DESE sent this administrative memo to school districts and a simulation detailing the impact of HB 1689 on school districts for the next school year if additional funding is not appropriated during the 2015 legislative session and budget process. To recap, HB 1689 was passed last year Representative Kathy Swan (R - Cape Girardeau) and was designed as an early child...

  • Teachers and Parents Discuss Amendment 3 in Latest Videos

  • Amendment 3 Approved, Voters to Decide Issue in November

    With the August primaries now over, it is time for administrators to begin to turn their attention to the November election and an issue that is going to vital to the future of public education in the state of Missouri. That is Amendment 3. Yesterday (8/5), the Missouri Secretary of State certified Amendment 3 for the upcoming general election in November.

  • St. Louis Billionaire’s Education Agenda Behind Attempt to Buy Rural State House Seats

    Jefferson City, Mo – A St. Louis billionaire with a hostile agenda for rural Missouri schools has donated nearly $1 million dollars in his attempt to influence voters in four state legislative races in northeast, southeast and southwest Missouri. Rex Sinquefield is the billionaire.

  • School Leaders Announce Endorsements for August Primary Elections

    Jefferson City, Mo -- Better Schools for Missouri (formerly MSAPAC), the Missouri school administrators political action committee, met of on June 24th to review and discuss candidates for the Missouri General Assembly for the primary election to be held on August 5, 2014. The Missouri Association of School Administrators, the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals, the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals, the Missouri Association of School Business Officials and th...

  • Washington University Professor: SB 509 Would Eliminate Income Tax on Those Making More Than $9,000

    In what can be classified as a "drafting error"in the latest tax cut legislation to be passed by the Missouri General Assembly, a Washington University Corporate Tax Professor has provided a legal analysis of SB 509 and found that the bill, as written, would effectively eliminate income taxes on any tax payer making more than $9,000 per year.  This provision was not found or was ignored during the General Assembly's consideration and eventual passage of SB 509. At the time of SB 509's passa...

  • While Tax Cuts Are Pushed in Missouri, Kansas Supreme Court Rules Legislature Underfunding Schools

    Across the border in Kansas, an interesting story is being play out. Two years ago, Kansas eliminated its income tax on "passthrough" businesses like LLC's and sole proprietorships. This created a significant drain on state revenues and forced the state to cut back significantly on funding for public education.

  • URGENT ALERT: Senate Passes Transfer Bill, Alternative Bill Filed in House

    Yesterday, the Senate gave final approval to SB 493, a bill intended to address the school transfer issue.  The vote capped off a long week for the Senate as Senators worked late into the night both Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. In the end there were more than 20 amendments considered during more than twelve hours of floor debate until Senators settled on a final version.

  • An Education Superhero

    The following is an excerpt from a recent publication by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). The article was written by Roger Kurtz, Executive Director. I have learned a lot from Gary Sharpe, the former MASA Executive Director.

  • MASA Press Release: Contracts Not Consolidation

    The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) is calling on the Missouri State Board of Education to end additional school transfers from unaccredited school districts and stop the forced consolidation of school districts.  The association is asking the State Board of Education to negotiate improvement contracts with low performing school districts and to deploy a variety of intervention strategies. According to documents submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Ed...

  • Bill to Increase Allow Increased Bond Levels to be Heard Wednesday

    The House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education is set to hear testimony next Wednesday, February 5th at 8:00 am on HJR 42, a bill allowing school districts to raise their bonded indebtedness from 15% to 25%. The committee hearing will begin bright and early in House Hearing Room 6 located in the basement of the Missouri State Capitol.  The School Administrators Coalition supports HJR 42.  The resolution changing Missouri's Constitution, if approved by the...

  • Take Back the Conversation

    These videos need no introduction or analysis. Watch and be inspired.

  • Nixon Recommends $496M Increase to Education in 2015

    Last night, Gov. Jay Nixon took the first step to meeting his promise to fully fund Missouri's school funding formula by the end of his term. The surprise is how quickly the Governor wants to fulfill the promise of the state's formula.

  • Know The Facts! Children's Education Voucher Initiative

    The Children’s Education Initiative would create a $90 million tax credit program for taxpayers that make contributions to private schools, parochial schools and public school foundations. Under the program, taxpayers would be allowed to claim a tax credit equaling 50% of their donation on their annual income tax returns. The total credit per year could not exceed $50,000.

  • Roger Kurtz (MASA) Op-Ed: A New Path to Excellence

    “All students matter. All schools matter. All communities matter.” This was the basic belief adopted by school leaders who recently convened to develop a plan to address the school transfer issue.

  • Kansas Revenues Take Nosedive After Tax Cut, Praised by Sinquefield

    In a recently penned op-ed in Forbes magazine, billionaire Rex Sinquefield praised the action taken by the state of Kansas to drastically cut taxes last year. In Mr. Sinquefield’s mind, “lower income tax rates have in fact stimulated the economy by reducing the price both of work and conducting business in the state, not to mention that lower rates have predictably proven effective when it comes to luring out-of-state businesses to Kansas’ friendlier business environment.” It is not surprising t...

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