Name: Better Schools for Missouri
(Formerly called The Missouri School Administrators Political Action Committee)
About: The organization now known as Better Schools for Missouri was formed in 1991 by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP) “as a way for supporters of public education to help elect candidates in Missouri that share the value of quality public education” (source)
At its founding, the organization was named the Missouri School Administrators Political Action Committee. It has since been renamed Better Schools for Missouri.
Five organizations are sustaining members of Better Schools for Missouri:
The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)*
The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)
The Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators (MCCTA)
The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO)
Purpose: To support candidates for statewide and legislative offices who advance the legislative goals of the member organizations, and to promote statewide legislative issues that will further the cause of elementary and secondary education.
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Legislation & Advocacy:
According to the Better Schools for Missouri website:
“Together, over the past years, we have accomplished a great deal through our lobbying and political action efforts. But our job is not done. In the next few years, school administrators must unite to face a number of legislative challenges including:
1. Protecting the public schools against utilization of public funds for non-public education purposes such as tuition tax credits/vouchers.
2. Working to maintain local control of education policies and finances to ensure that districts have the ability to make decisions that best meet their individual needs, including decisions regarding when school will start and setting priorities for the expenditure of school district funds.
3. Working to maintain a residency requirement for student attendance and educating legislators regarding the need for the requirement.
4. Changing the perception of some legislators that school administration costs are too high and that school administrators are overpaid.
5. Working to avoid further erosion or diversion of our local property tax base.
6.Monitoring the implementation of the new foundation formula to ensure that full funding is provided and necessary revisions are made.
7. Working to maintain the fiscal stability of our “Public School Retirement System” (PSRS) and to ensure that all present member benefits are not eroded.
8. Working with our national associations and congressional delegation to obtain mandatory federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and to ensure needed improvements are enacted for the No Child Left Behind law.”
This post is part of a running series called “Missouri Education Advocates”, which is designed to highlight the professional education organizations in Missouri that work on public education legislation and advocacy. These short and sweet features highlight basic information about some of Missouri’s leading education organizations.
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*MASA is also the sponsoring organization of the Missouri Parent program.
Posted on Mon, January 19, 2015
by MOParent filed under