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  • #MissouriMath: The School Transfer Law

    Missouri’s School Transfer Law allows students who live in an unaccredited school district to attend school in an accredited district. When students transfer, their home district (the failing district) is required to pay for their transportation to and tuition for the accredited school they’ll attend.

    Learn More: Understanding Missouri’s School Transfer Law

    School transfers are expensive for the unaccredited district. In 2013, when both the Normandy and Riverview Gardens in St. Louis County were deemed unaccredited, more than 2,000 students transferred.

    While state lawmakers have proposed changes to the School Transfer Law, the law — in its current form — is an expensive one for unaccredited districts and profitable for receiving districts.

    Tuition alone cost between $7,000 and $21,000 per student for Normandy and Riverview Gardens in 2013. That means that the two districts spent more than $14 million just on tuition — an expense that threatened to send Normandy into bankruptcy. (Source)

    Learn More: Riverview Gardens Struggling as Result of School Transfers

    Representative Clem Smith (D – Velda Village Hills) told that, “getting a transfer kid is like hitting the lottery. Order a few more lunches, but whatever money (transfers) brings in, you absorb that into your budget.” (Source)

    The total number of transfer students in Normandy and Riverview Gardens fell to around 1,000 in 2014, but the costs to those districts still is still taking its toll. Normandy’s superintendent Charles Pearson, told that the district is operating “on a survival budget” when it should be focused on improving instruction. (Source)

    Missouri Parent agrees with Pearson that education money should be invested in education, not in transportation and tuition. When the cost of tuition and transportation for an individual student to attend a different school exceeds the state’s average per-pupil expenditure (PPE), it’s just not sustainable.

    Instead of spending taxpayer dollars paying for tuition and transportation, Missouri Parent believes that the state should invest that money directly in rebuilding Missouri’s unaccredited schools. The Missouri School Transfer law is an example of #MissouriMath that just doesn’t add up.

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  • Neighboring States in the Education News

    As Missourians battle for full funding for the Foundation Formula and participate in heated discussions about the Common Core State Standards and school transfers, education is landing headlines in surrounding states, as well. From the governor’s race in Arkansas to Kentucky’s newly approved budget increases, here’s what leading education news headlines just across the border:

    Arkansas: Candidates for Governor Share Education Proposals
    As Arkansas prepares for elections, candidates for governor are sharing their proposals for statewide improvements in education. Specific topics range from early childhood education and workforce readiness to Common Core State Standards and increased local control of schools. (source)

    Illinois: Glitches in Teacher Licensing System Affect Teachers
    A multi-million dollar software system intended to aid in teacher licensing in Illinois was shut down after security breaches left teachers’ personal information public. For many teachers, information in the system was also missing and/or incorrect. Glitches left others unable to renew their teaching licenses. (source)

    Iowa: State Negotiates 6% Increase in Education Budget
    The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would increase public education funding by 6% in 2016. The bill, which awaits House approval, would benefit K-12 and state university students. (source)

    Kentucky: State Education Budget To Increase By $189 Million
    The Kentucky General Assembly approved increasing the state’s funding formula budget by $189 million over the next two years. Money will go towards teacher raises, technology, and textbooks. (source)

    Nebraska: New Standards Require Students to Use Social Media
    A new set of “digital citizenship” skills is being proposed in Nebraska as part of updated language arts standards. The new standards, which officials hope to have a final draft of by August of this year, also includes emphases on researching and writing for different purposes and on speaking and listening well. (source)

    Oklahoma: 25,000 Gather to Support School Funding
    Late March brought the largest advocacy effort for public schools that Oklahoma has seen in 24 years. An estimated 25,000 supporters gathered in Oklahoma City in a rally to fight against tax cuts and advocate for increased school support.

    Tennessee: Free Community College In Sight?
    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proposed a plan that would make all costs for two-year community college programs free for Tennessee students. The governor’s proposal will help raise the rate of college graduates in the state of Tennessee. Currently 32% of Tennesseans hold some sort of college degree. Gov. Haslam’s goal is to raise that rate to 55% by 2025. (source)

  • Spring Break is a Time for Action

    This is the week the Missouri Legislature takes its annual spring break. This usually signifies the halfway mark of the legislative session and allows our elected officials to reconnect with their constituents. Spring break is also a great time for you to discuss important public education issues with your state representatives and senators.

    So far this session there has been lengthy discussion on issues such as education funding, transfers of students from unaccredited school districts and tax cuts which would greatly impact your local schools.

    Missouri Parent has carefully watched and reported on these topics through our website and social media. You have probably read and shared our content with your fellow parents.

    When it comes to education funding, the legislature has chosen to ignore the budget recommendations of Governor Nixon and only commit to an additional $122 million towards the Foundation Formula. This legislative proposal, while appreciated, still leaves the state more than $478 million behind in funding our public schools. Our position: Work to fully fund the Foundation Formula. TWEET THIS

    Regarding student transfers, of the many bills which have been filed and debated, Missouri Parent only fully supports HB 2037 filed by Rep. Jeanie Lauer (R-Blue Springs). Thank Rep. Lauer HERE. This bill creates a proactive system of dealing with struggling school districts, protects the students who are left behind in our few failing districts, brings education professionals in as the problem solvers instead of hired gun bureaucrats and protects the investments made by Missouri’s taxpayers into all of our schools. Our position: Fix broken schools and protect students first. TWEET THIS

    Finally, when it comes to tax cuts, we stand with Governor Nixon and legislators who will only support tax cuts which take effect when the Foundation Formula is fully funded. The Governor vetoed last year’s risky tax cut idea and will probably do the same to any bill which does not protect funding for public schools. Our position: Fully fund public schools before any tax cuts become reality. TWEET THIS

    We ask you to take a moment this week to contact your local legislators and ask them to support public schools at the local and state level. When the legislators come back next week, discussions will run fast and furious to pass all the required legislation by their deadlines in May. Your input may be the voice they need to hear to truly fully fund, protect students, and build the future of our public schools in Missouri. TWEET THIS

  • Missouri Senate Gives First Round Approval to School Transfer Bill

  • Highlights of Missouri Senate Debate on School Transfers

    Additional information regarding SB 493, et al can be found here. An additional source of information would be the Journal of the Missouri Senate (beginning on the 8th page) for February 25, 2014. 

  • The Missouri House Interim Committee on Education October Hearings

    Missouri Parent invites you to attend, learn more about the legislative process regarding education in Missouri and have your voice heard as the Missouri House of Representatives Interim Committee on Education holds a round of hearings in October in Hannibal, Maryville, Kansas City, Warrensburg, and Columbia.

    This is the second part of the committee’s work schedule as they met previously in locations across the state in September.

    As this an interim committee, there are not specific pieces of current legislation being discussed but issues from the past, present and future regarding education, specifically K-12 public education, are on the table for discussion.

    The Missouri Parent program is concerned with the following priority policy issues:

    School Transfers: Any solution for schools with accreditation issues must help all of the students of that school. We must ask if it is better to bus some students to new schools while leaving behind other at-risk students? Transfers also drive up the transportation and operations costs of the unaccredited school leaving them less resources as they work to fix their issues.

    Teacher Tenure: Perhaps one of the biggest misperceptions about teacher tenure in Missouri is that tenured teachers are protected from involuntary dismissal. Yet this continues to be a returning point of discussion for the Legislature and may possibly end up on the election ballot soon. You can learn more about this and other tenure myths here.

    Funding the Foundation Formula: As we have discussed on our blog before only 31.76% of school funding in Missouri comes from the state. Missouri underfunded the formula by $621 million in fiscal year 2013 and only expects to fund public education with an additional $66 million in fiscal year 2014. To truly provide a world class education, the legislature should fully fund the foundation formula as promised so full focus can be returned to the classrooms across our state instead of the weakening balance sheets of many of our schools. 

    The above policy issues are sure to be discussed at the committee hearings. Additional policy issues which may be discussed include:
    · Establishing an A-F grading system for our public schools. Missouri Parent is against this.
    · Increasing Early Childhood Education opportunities across the state. Missouri Parent supports this.
    · Expansion of School Choice options through vouchers. Missouri Parent is against this.
    · Implementation of the Common Core program. Missouri Parent is for this.
    · Increasing Economic Development activities in Missouri. Missouri Parent is for this.

    We invite you to attend one or more of the interim hearings across the state. We also invite you to contact us at any time to discuss these hearings, these issues, or how you might get more involved in the Missouri Parent program.

    The Hearing Schedule

    · Date: Monday, October 21, 2013
    Time: 3:30 PM

    Location: Parker Theater Lobby in the Roland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Hannibal-LaGrange College, 2800 Palmyra Road, Hannibal, MO

    · Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Location: Student Union Board Room, Maryville University, 800 University Drive, Maryville, Missouri

    · Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Atterbury Student Success Center Pierson Auditorium Room 245 UMKC 5000 Homes, Kansas City, MO

    · Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Time: 1:00 PM
    Location: Elliott Union Room 237 A & B University of Central Missouri 511 South Holden Warrensburg, Missouri

    · Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Reynolds Alumni Center University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri


    Roger Kurtz on HEC-TV's Behind The Minds show. 

    Click the image to view the full report. Roger's statements begin at 4:47 of the video.

    Roger Kurtz of the Missouri Council of School Administrators and founder of the Missouri Parent program recently appeared on HEC-TV in St. Louis to discuss the effects of Missouri's school transfer law. You can view the full length report by clicking the image above or catching a St. Louis-areaairing on HEC-TV on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Mondays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 2 p.m. through November. You can find HEC-TV in the St. Louis area on Charter Cable Channel 989 (with converter box), Charter Cable 108.26 or 118.26 (for digital TVs) and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

  • Things Parents Should Know About In-State School Transfers in Missouri

    Transferring your child to a new school mid-year can be stressful for you and your son or daughter. Thankfully, Missouri has a streamlined transfer process that will make things a little bit easier for you and your child.

    Request Your Child’s Records

    A student may be denied enrollment if the student’s discipline record indicates that he/she is currently suspended or expelled from another school, including a private, parochial, charter or out-of-state school, and the enrolling school would have suspended or expelled the student for the same offense.
    –Safe Schools Act

    Your child’s current school is required by the state to forward his records on to his new school within five working days of your request.

    In addition to academic records, special needs, and disciplinary records will also move with your child to his new school. If your child has been expelled in his old school, his expulsion will likely apply at his new school as well.


    Before you begin the transfer process, you should be sure that his vaccinations are up to date. If your child’s vaccinations are not current, he may not be allowed to enroll in his new school.

    If you’re concerned about the cost of immunizations, your child may qualify for the Missouri Vaccines for Children Program.

    A student may be denied enrollment if the student has not met the state’s immunization requirements for entering school.
    –Safe Schools Act

    Your child will need to have proof of identification in order to enroll in his new school. A birth certificate or social security card may be enough, but it’s a good idea to call the new school before you begin the official transfer process to be sure you have the right documentation.

    Activities & Athletics
    The Missouri State High School Activities Association offers strict guidelines around student activity eligibility. If your child is involved in school teams or organizations, you should closely review the MSHSAA eligibility standards before you transfer schools. It’s also a good idea to meet with the athletic director at your child’s current school and at the school your child will transfer to so that you can ask questions and familiarize yourself with the nuances of MSHSAA’s transfer policies.

    Special Needs
    Parents of children with special needs should become familiar with the same general transfer steps above. In addition, your child’s current school will need to send your child’s IEP on to his new school, and your child’s new school may conduct interviews with you, your child, and your child’s current school staff to better support your child’s unique needs in the new learning environment. For details on in-state transfers for your child, MOParent recommends that you speak directly with your child’s old and new school.

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