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  • These Tips Will Make Public School Enrollment a Piece of Cake

     

    Summer is a time of transition for many families, and it can be a time of anticipation for students and parents who will start a new school in the fall. Luckily, Missouri Parent has done the legwork. These tips will make public school enrollment a piece of cake for your family!

    Tip #1: Find Your Child’s School
    If you’re new to Missouri public schools, or if you’re trying to find your child’s school in a new community following a family move, the Missouri School Directory online is a huge help! It allows you to search for schools by district, county, or legislative district.

    Learn More: Finding Your Child’s School

    Tip #2: Gather the Right Documentation
    It’ll save you time and stress if you show up to your child’s school enrollment appointment with the correct documentation on-hand.

    This post explains the identification, medical, academic, and behavioral records you should bring when you enroll your child in school. Be prepared, though, that your child’s school may also ask you to complete additional documentation like technology assessments or language questionnaires.

    Tip #3: Ensure Your Child’s Immunizations are Up to Date
    Missouri public schools have published a recommended immunization schedule based on the suggestions of leading disease, pediatric, and family organizations across the country. Learn more about the vaccines that public schools students are required to receive in this post.

    Tip #4: Meet the Teacher & Attend the Open House
    Most Missouri schools offer the chance for parents and students to meet the teacher and the principal before school starts. If you’re new to the district, this is a great way to begin building relationships with the adults your child will interact with daily at school. Open houses are also a great way to get your child comfortable with his or her new school building, classroom, and teachers.

    Learn More: Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Tip #5: Don’t Let In-State Transfers Intimidate You!
    We know that a mid-year school transfer can be stressful for you and your family, so we wrote this post explaining the basic in-state transfer process for you. Luckily, Missouri has streamlined in-state transfers to make them easier for families like yours.

    Summer is a time of transition for many families, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be a time when parents and kids feel overwhelmed by the stress of school enrollment or transfer. We hope that these five tips help make your child’s school enrollment a piece of cake this fall!

    Missouri Parent is a free service for all Missouri parents and others with an interest in public education. Part of goal at Missouri Parent is to provide information that will help you help your child succeed in Missouri public schools. Bookmark Missouri Parent News and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates related to your child’s Missouri public school education!


  • Tools to Use: MO School Directory Interactive Map

    Have you ever wondered exactly how your child’s school and district lie in relationship to legislative boundaries or county lines? The Missouri School Directory Interactive Map, a tool of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), can answer those questions and more.

    DESE’s interactive map allows you to view any combination of the following:
    · Schools
    · School Districts
    · Counties
    · Missouri House Districts
    · Missouri Senate Districts
    · U.S. Congressional Districts

    So, for instance, you can view all schools in Barton County, Missouri, as they relate to the state’s Senate Districts:


    Or if your child attends school in Blue Springs R-IV School District, you can explore the way that each of the schools in the district compares to where Missouri’s House District boundaries lie.

    In addition to being able to see how schools, districts, counties, and state and federal legislative districts overlap, you can even customize the style of the map. There are ten different map options, including street view, a view that’s similar to Google Earth, topographical and terrain views, and light or dark gray canvases.

    The Missouri School Directory Interactive Map is a modern application that includes some of the information that parents used to be able to find in the printed Missouri School Directory. The Missouri School Directory is available digitally only, now, but the interactive map is a very cool, technologically relevant application of the data in the directory.

    According to the DESE website, most of the information in the map comes from the Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS). That information is updated weekly, so the Missouri School Directory Interactive Map is virtually always up to date.

    We want to hear from you: Have you ever used the Missouri School Directory Interactive Map? How did it help you? Leave a comment on the blog or chat with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Tools to Use: The Missouri General Assembly Roster

     

    The Missouri General Assembly Roster, published by the Secretary of State’s office, is your go-to legislative resource as a Missouri citizen. Like the Yellow Pages of state elected officials, the Roster includes lists of every elected official — and their contact information — in the State of Missouri.

    The Roster includes the names, photos, phone numbers and email addresses of Missouri’s State Senators, State Representatives, U.S. Representatives, and U.S. Senators. The Roster also includes the names, photos, and phone numbers of Missouri’s Executive Officers.

    The Roster includes other helpful information, such as:
    · Standing and Special Committees Lists
    · Contact Information for Elected Official Staff Offices
    · Names & Contact Information for State Executive Officers
    · Map of Missouri’s Federal Congressional Districts
    · Map of Missouri House Districts
    · Map of Missouri Senatorial Districts
    · Missouri General Assembly Schedules

    The Missouri General Assembly Roster is a tool you can use to better-understand who represents your family when important school finance and policy issues arise. With the Roster, you can easily find — and communicate with — each of your state and federal elected officials.

    Go Deeper: Find and Contact Your Missouri Legislators Digitally

    Was this post helpful? It’s part of an ongoing series called Tools to Use that highlights educational, legislative, and funding tools that helps Missouri public school parents navigate policy and funding issues in the state.

    See What the Legislature is Working On: Follow the #MoLeg hashtag

    For regular updates that provide a greater understanding of the public education system, bookmark Missouri Parent News or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Share our Tools to Use posts with your network using the hashtag #MoEdTools.


  • Tools to Use: State Auditor’s Bond List

     

    The Missouri State Auditor's website lists every General Obligation (GO) Bond issued in Missouri since 1999, with a few exceptions. If you want to know what school bonds have been issued in your child’s district — or in a district where your family might relocate — you can visit this link.

    Learn More: What is a School Bond Issue?

    Features of the Missouri State Auditor’s Bond List

    · Search for bonds by the year they were issued
    · See a comprehensive list of school bond issues by district
    · Access each bond’s Bond Registration Report, which includes:

    o Name of district
    o County
    o Amount of bond
    o Date of issue
    o Interest rates
    o Purpose of bond
    o ...and more

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    Why You’d Want to Use the Auditor’s Bond List
    The Missouri State Auditor’s website shows you what bonds have been issued in your district, and the site can be helpful for understanding how bonds might affect your local taxes.

    One of the most important features of the State Auditor’s website is the Bond Registration Report. Every registered bond has a Bond Registration Report that explains the original stated purpose of the bond. Because bonds can only be used for the purpose(s) stated on the ballot, your district may not use bond money for any purposes other than those in the Bond Registration Report.

    Click on the name of your local school district on the Bond Registration List to access your school district’s bond registration report*. If you have any doubts about how your district has used bond money, check its Bond Registration Report to read the bond’s original stated purpose.

    *Note that some school districts have multiple active bonds. To find for all of the past and present bond issues in your local district, enter your school district into the search bar and choose “Between 1999 and 2015”.

    This post is part of an ongoing series called Tools to Use. Each post highlights an educational, legislative, or funding tool that helps Missouri public school parents navigate policy and funding issues in the state. Click here to learn more about Missouri Parent.

    For regular updates that provide a greater understanding of the public education system, bookmark Missouri Parent News or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Share our Tools to Use posts with your network using the hashtag #MoEdTools.


  • #MoEdTools: Find Your Polling Place

    Not everyone knows exactly where to go to vote in local, state, or national elections. The Missouri Secretary of State’s office has a tool to help with that.

    The Find a Polling Place tool allows you to search for your polling place quickly and painlessly. Just put your physical address into the search boxes and add your jurisdiction. Click “Lookup”, and the tool will tell you exactly where to go to vote in your upcoming election.

    There’s just one caveat: if the next election is more than six weeks away, the tool might not be able to tell you yet where to go to vote. You might have to return to the Find Your Polling Place tool a little closer to election time.

    Was this post helpful? It’s part of an ongoing series called #MoEdTools that highlights educational, legislative, and funding tools that helps Missouri public school parents navigate policy and funding issues in the state.

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