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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)

     

    Name: Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA)

    About: The MSHSAA is a nonprofit educational organization made up of approximately 750 public and private member schools in Missouri. The organization sets eligibility requirements for school sports and activities ranging from softball to speech and debate.

    The MSHSAA’s philosophy is that interscholastic activities and sports supplement the secondary school curriculum, helping them to become better citizens.

    MSHSAA sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, 11-man football, 8-man football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

    MSHSAA activities include bass fishing, bowling, chess, music activities, scholar bowl, speech and debate, spirit activities, and target shooting.

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    In addition to regulating interscholastic activities and student eligibility, the MSHSAA is responsible for the registration of contest officials for interscholastic competitions. MSHSAA member schools must use MSHSAA contest officials for their activities and sporting events.

    The mission of the MSHSAA is to promote “the value of participation, sportsmanship, team play, and personal excellence to develop citizens who make positive contributions to their community and support the democratic principles of our state and nation.” (Source)

    President & Executive Director:
    The MSHSAA Board President is Ken Eaton
    The MSHSAA Executive Director is Dr. Kerwin Urhahn

    Employees & Board:
    MSHSAA employs ten people. You can find a staff list, including short job descriptions here. This page provides a list of MSHSAA’s current Board of Directors.

    Website: http://www.MSHSAA.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    MSHSAA’s Communications Director, Jason West, on Twitter
    MSHSAA on Facebook

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA)

       

    Name: Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA)

    About: MSTA is a grassroots organization made up of local Community Teachers Associations (CTA) in each local school district, reflecting MSTA’s strong commitment to local control. Members set the policy of and priorities of MSTA to meet the needs of Missouri educators. The organization was founded in 1856, and provides services and benefits to its more than 45,000 members.

    Employees: You can find a full contact list for the MSTA headquarters here.

    President: Stacy Williamson

    Website: http://www.MSTA.org

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    Social Media Sites:
    The MSTA Blog
    MSTA on Facebook
    Student MSTA on Facebook
    Missouri FTA on Facebook
    MSTA on Twitter
    MSTA on Pinterest
    MSTA on YouTube
    MSTA on Flickr

    Legislation & Advocacy:

    MSTA attends State Board of Education meetings and Public School Retirement System meetings, and it serves as liaisons to governmental agencies. It also “conducts workshops on political issues and involvement”. (Source)

    The organization endorses candidates for the Missouri legislature, and “MSTA’s government relations department delivers testimony on MSTA’s legislative platform,” according to MSTA’s website.

    MSTA publishes a weekly MSTA Action newsletter during the legislative session, explaining its position on featured pieces of Missouri state legislation. You can find archives of all MSTA Action newsletters here.

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Missouri School Leaders

     

    Name: Missouri School Leaders: the Online Hub of the Missouri School Administrators Coalition

    About: Missouri School Leaders is provided by and paid for by the Missouri School Administrators Coalition (MSCA), which is the umbrella organization for two autonomous statewide professional associations of public school administrators: The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP)

    The organization is committed to building a broad coalition of parents, students, teachers, board members, business owners, and individuals that are committed to bettering the public schools in the state of Missouri.(Source)

    Missouri School Leaders helps raise money for Better Schools for Missouri (formerly MSAPAC), which aims to elect officials in Missouri that “share the value of quality public education.” (Source)

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    Member Organizations:
    Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals
    Missouri State High School Athletics Association (MSHSAA)
    Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)
    Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE)
    Missouri K-8 Schools Association (MO-K8)
    Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO)
    Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)
    Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC)
    Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)

    Employees: For a full list of staff, click here.

    Website: http://MOSchoolLeaders.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    Missouri School Leaders on Twitter

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    Missouri School Leaders Issues

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA)

     

    Name: Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA)

    About: MRTA is an association of retired educators whose purpose is to promote the professional, social and economic welfare of all retired school employees. The organization an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation with a statewide membership of more than 23,000 people.

    Membership is open to retired teachers of public, private, and parochial schools, and to administrators, supervisors, retired school employees, and non-certified personnel who have worked in educational programs, governesses, and tutors. Spouses of members, active teachers and others interested in education may become associate members without the right to vote, hold office or represent the Association.

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    The MRTA Mission: The Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel organized in 1960 is the only educational organization in Missouri working exclusively for retired school personnel. MRTA will work actively with government and its entities for beneficial legislation. We shall strive to increase membership until all retirees become members, and always foster good fellowship. We will encourage members to be involved in community affairs and work for worthy educational causes. Our mission is to serve and not to be served. (Source)

    Number of Employees: 5
    (See a full list of MRTA’s office staff.)

    Executive Director: Jim Kreider

    Website: http://MissouriRetiredTeachers.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    MRTA on Facebook
    MRTA on YouTube

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    2015 Legislative Platform
    2015 Legislative Committee Purpose & Duties

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri National Education Association (MNEA)

     

    Name: The Missouri National Education Association (MNEA)

    About: MNEA is a professional membership organization serving 35,000 Missouri teachers, librarians, counselors, coaches, school psychologists and psychiatrists, administrators, and college and university faculty. Any school employee, including bus drivers, cooks, nurses, and secretaries, can join MNEA.

    MNEA advocates for “public schools, public school students and public school employees,” and offers a variety of services including legal programs, special events, public relations campaigns, professional development, legislative work, and more.

    MNEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA). The mission of MNEA is “to serve as the united voice to promote, advance and protect public education and to advocate for the rights and interests of students and our members.” (Source)

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    President: Charles Smith

    Website: http://www.MNEA.org

    Social Media Sites:
    MNEA on Facebook
    MNEA on Flickr
    MNEA on Twitter
    MNEA on YouTube

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    MNEA’s Platform & Priorities
    MNEA’s State Legislative Updates
    The Education Advocate (EA) Daily News
    MNEA Legislative Action Center
    Contact Your State or National Legislator Page
    Political Action Program

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri K-8 Schools Association (MOK8)

     

    Name: The Missouri K-8 School Association (MOK8)

    About: The Missouri K-8 Association is a membership organization that represents all K-8 schools in Missouri. It exists to preserve the integrity of K-8 districts by sharing common resources, improving efficiency and expanding opportunities through collaborative efforts. (Source)

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    Co-Presidents: Darryl Pannier and Carless Osburn

    Website: http://www.MoK-8.com

    Legislation & Advocacy: MOK8 is concerned about school transfers and unaccredited school districts, and believes in high standards for funding technology and modern tools that support education and curriculum. MOK8 is committed to full funding of the Foundation Formula.

    Read MOK8’s full Legislative Platform here.

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)

    Name: The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)

    About: MO-CASE is a subdivision of the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). MO-CASE is dedicated to the professional development and support of administrators and supervisors of special education within Missouri’s educational settings.

    MO-CASE provides support and resources to all special education directors in Missouri. MO-CASE achieves its goals through a newsletter, conferences, and scholarships. (Source)

    Purpose: The purpose of MO-CASE is:

    · To promote professional leadership among special educators
    · To promoted the study of issues common to its members
    · To communicate, through discussion and publications, information that will assist in the development of improved services for exceptional children in the state
    · To participate actively in the improvement and the expansion of special education programs in the state (Source)

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    President: Steven Beldin

    Website: http://www.MO-Case.org/

    Social Media Sites: https://www.Facebook.com/MissouriCase

    Legislation & Advocacy: You can read details about MO-CASE’s legislative platform and advocacy perspectives on its website. Here’s a brief summary of each of the organization’s key policy perspectives:

    · MO-CASE opposes school transfer and open enrollment
    · MO-CASE opposes school vouchers
    · MO-CASE supports increased charter school accountability
    · MO-CASE opposes legislation that would mandate student retention
    · MO-CASE generally opposes legislation that singles out discreet disabilities for different treatment within the education system
    · MO-CASE supports legislation that promotes understanding of specific disabilities and provides quality recommendations for improving services to children with those disabilities
    · MO-CASE is concerned about federal and state legislative and policy proposals that would revise teacher evaluation systems, teacher tenure, and establish differentiated compensation (pay for performance)
    · MO-CASE believes that teacher evaluation, tenure and compensation may be based in part on student growth, but not as a majority portion so that other factors become inconsequential.
    · MO-CASE is against corporal punishment in schools
    · MO-CASE supports state policy initiatives that move Missouri toward universally accessible preschool for all children
    · MO-CASE strongly supports mandatory early childhood special education services (ECSE)
    · MO-CASE supports federal legislation that reasonably limits the use of seclusion, restraint and aversive interventions.
    · MO-CASE strongly supports increasing federal and state funding to adequately support the significant special education requirements imposed on schools.

    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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of School Administrators

     

    Name: The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)

    About: The Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of school superintendents and central office administrators with an interest in the superintendency.

    MASA is a statewide professional association that has grown to include over 600 school superintendents and school administrators. In 2013-2014, MASA set an all-time membership record. The services provided by MASA to its membership have also increased as members have identified and approved long-range plans incorporating key services. (Source)

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    Statement of Purpose:

    Number of Employees: 4

    Executive Director: Roger Kurtz

    Website: http://www.MASAOnline.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    MO School Leaders on Twitter
    MOParent on Twitter
    MOParent on Facebook

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    MASA Legislative Information
    Missouri Parent*

    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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    *The Missouri Parent program is sponsored by MASA and is its primary advocacy arm.


  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of Rural Education

     

    Name: The Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE)

    About: MARE recognizes the needs and concerns unique to rural education. It provides a forum for discussion and resolution of those needs and concerns, and presents a voice for rural education in Missouri.

    MARE is made up of teachers, administrators, community members, state education leaders, college and university educators, and more. The organization advocates for rural education, seeking equal and quality education for all rural children in the state.

    MARE offers a number of services including board consulting, building administrator searches, and governmental support. MARE is part of the National Rural Education Association and has been active in Missouri for nearly 30 years.

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    Statement of Purpose: MARE is a service organization whose purpose is to serve the member schools in such a way that:
    · The students of rural Missouri will have an equal opportunity to receive excellent education.
    · The students of rural Missouri will be able to compete academically with students through the world.
    · The citizens of Missouri will be proud of the educational programs in rural Missouri schools. (Source)

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    Number of Employees: 3

    Executive Director: Dr. Ray V. Patrick


    Website: http://www.MOARE.com/

    Social Media Sites:
    National Rural Education Association on Facebook
    National Rural Education Association on Twitter
    National Rural Education Association on YouTube

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    MARE Website’s Advocacy Page
    School Administrators Coalition (SAC) Legislative Updates

    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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  • MOParent Presents: The Missouri Education Advocates Series

     

    Missouri Parent is always ready to continue to provide timely information on education funding and legislative issues impacting public education in Missouri. We are not alone in this mission to protect our public schools.

    While the new legislative session is kicking off this month in Jefferson City, we’ll run a new series called “Missouri Education Advocates”. Our goal is to give you a better understanding of which professional education organizations work on public education legislation and advocacy in Missouri.

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    Each feature will be short and sweet, highlighting basic information about some of Missouri’s biggest organizations who advocate for public education in the state.

    We will update the list of education organizations as we publish individual posts about them. This ongoing list is below:

    If you would like to see any groups featured or have any questions about how education groups advocate for our schools and students, feel free to contact us at any time.

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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Better Schools for Missouri

      

    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.

    Website: http://BetterSchoolsfFrMissouri.com/

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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.”

    (Source)

    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.

     

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