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  • Missouri Legislature 2015 Wrap-Up Post

     

    The First Regular Session of the 98th Missouri General Assembly ended on May 15th. During the 4.5-month-long session, a number of bills affecting Missouri public schools were the subjects of debate. From budgets to bullying to school transfer law, here’s a summary of the biggest education-related bills of the session.

    State Budget Approval & the Foundation Formula
    Congress passed the state’s Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget. The budget, which will go into effect July 1st, includes an $84 million increase in funding for the Foundation Formula. Despite the increase, the Formula remains under-funded by more than $440 million.

    Learn more: Understanding the Missouri Foundation Formula

    Supplemental Budget Approval
    The state’s supplemental budget bill, which helps cover unexpected expenses in the current year, was passed during the legislative session. The bill allocated $3.78 million to K-12 schools and $3.4 million to early childhood special education programs.

    A+ Funding for Illegal Immigrants
    Legislators passed a bill that will exclude illegal immigrants from qualifying for Missouri A+ Program scholarship funding. The bill was designed to ensure that residents have state scholarship funding priority. Opponents of the bill are concerned that students brought to the United States as children are being punished unfairly and prevented from achieving higher education goals. (Source)

    Learn more: Missouri’s A+ Program Benefits Thousands Each Year

    Higher Education Funding
    HB3 increases funding for Missouri’s public higher education institutions by $12 million. The bill was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor.

    School Transfers
    Legislature passed a school transfer bill (HB42) that opponents hope will be vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill, which would expand charter and virtual schools in the state, would also affect accreditation and school transfer.

    Under the bill, individual schools — not entire school districts — would earn accreditation. Students would be able to transfer from a failing school to an accredited school in their home districts. If an accredited school doesn’t exist in the student’s district, the student could still transfer outside the district.

    Failing schools would still be required to pay tuition and transportation costs for transfer students. The bill placed no limits on the cost of tuition charged by receiving districts. (Source)

    Learn more: School Transfer: An Expensive Law for Struggling Schools

    Day Care Bill
    SB341, which was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, requires day care centers to establish safe sleep policies and to disclose registration of unvaccinated children. The bill also establishes reporting procedures for juveniles with sexual behavior issues. (Source)

    Bullying
    A prominent anti-bullying bill didn’t survive the session. HB458 would have made school anti-bullying policy requirements stricter. The bill defined bullying and cyber bullying, and called for schools to play a more active role in suicide prevention. Many schools already have already enacted written anti-bullying policies on their own, but the bill would have legally required them to do so. (Source)

    Learn more: Bullying in Schools: How Adults Can Help

    A New President for the State Board of Education
    Unrelated to lawmaking, but coinciding with the legislative session, the State Board of Education elected a new president, Charlie Shields of St. Joseph, to replace former president Peter Herschend. Shields is the Chief Operating Officer at Truman Medical Centers, and served 20 years in the Missouri General Assembly. (Source)

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  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Partner with Missouri Schools to Prevent Violence

    No parent or teacher wants to worry that his or her students are subject to bullying or violence. That’s why the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has been working with Missouri schools for more than a decade through an anti-violence education program called PAVE (Project Anti-Violence Education).

    Missouri schools can leverage the PAVE program for free, and it benefits boys and girls, both.

    PAVE in the Classroom
    A trained facilitator will come into the classroom to work with boys and girls K-12.

    PAVE Girl Power Groups
    These eight-week programs bring together smaller groups of girls in grades 7-12 to focus on issues related to aggressive behavior and peer abuse specifically between girls.

    The PAVE Full Service Experience
    The full-service PAVE option brings facilitators into the classroom up to four times and includes facilitation of at least one Girl Power Group.

    The topics covered in PAVE programs vary depending on the age of the students involved. 3rd graders, for instance, talk about bullying, anger management/violence, abuse, conflict resolution, and peer pressure. 9th and 10th graders, by contrast, discuss healthy relationships, cyber bullying and Internet safety, bullying, and inclusion/diversity.

    Teachers are receptive to the PAVE program: 98% reported that students demonstrated better control of their tempers in conflict situations in the classroom after PAVE, and 97% said that PAVE helped students do better at following classroom rules, reducing interruptions that impact learning in the classroom.

    More than 300,000 young people in Eastern Missouri have benefited from the PAVE program already, and in 2012-13, more than 100 schools in Eastern Missouri used the PAVE program.

    To learn more about PAVE and how the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri can help your child or your school, visit their website or contact Michelle Johnson at 314-592-2344 or mjohnson@girlscoutsem.org.

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    Bullying in Schools: How Adults Can Help


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