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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.

  • What is a Debt Service Levy?

      Each year, dozens of Missouri school districts use bond issues to pay for school improvements. Since the bond is borrowed money that’s backed by the full faith and credit of the community, the community must have a plan for how to pay bond debt back. Enter the debt service levy.

  • 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?

  • What Is a School Bond Issue?

        Have you ever seen a school bond issue on your local ballot, but not been sure exactly what a bond issue really is? This post will explain school bond issues and the tax levies used to repay them. We’ll also introduce a topic that we’ll go into great detail on later this week: operating levies.

  • What is an Operating Levy?

      When you go to the polls, you might see both bond issues and operating levies on your local ballot. Do you know how an operating levy is different from a bond issue? Keep reading, because we’re about to explain.

  • Our Federal Title I Program Supports Students and Schools

      Title I is the country’s “flagship aid program for disadvantaged students”. It provides funding to schools to help close the education gaps associated with poverty. Title I is literally the first title (or section) in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was passed into law in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”.

  • Quality Counts School Finance Report Gives Missouri a C- Grade

       Quality Counts — the nation’s most comprehensive ongoing assessment of the state of American education — published its 19th annual Education Week’s Quality Counts report. The report, called Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown was made up of three indexes: · The Chance for Success Index; · K-12 Achievement Index; and · School Finance School finance is an ongoing battle in Missouri, where the state’s Foundation Formula goes under-funded year after year. That’s wh...

  • An Unexpected Increase in Income for Missouri

      Missouri ended 2014 with more state income than lawmakers anticipated. According to St. Louis Public Radio, “State income – primarily taxes — rose 10.7 percent in December, compared to the same period a year ago” (Source).

  • Missouri Legislature Appoints New Leaders for Education

      With the reorganization of the 98th Missouri General Assembly, the Speaker of the House and the President Pro-Tem have appointed committee chairs, made committee assignments, and even restructured several legislative committees. The committee chairs with a direct leadership role in public education and funding are as follows: · Representative Tom Flanigan (R-Joplin), House Budget Chair · Representative Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon), Regular Standing Committee on Appropriations- Elementary and Se...

  • Missouri Law Will Reduce Funding for More than 630,000 Public School Students

    I In April 2014, Missouri Lawmakers passed an important early childhood education bill with bi-partisan support. The passage of HB 1689 made it possible for schools to count pre-kindergarten students who qualify for free and reduced lunches in their in their daily attendance calculations in order to draw state funding. Learn what the State Adequacy Target is here.

  • The Missouri Legislature Begins Anew

        January 2014 marked the beginning of another session of the Missouri Legislature. This is the First Regular Session of the 98th General Assembly. As the Missouri Parent project also exists to inform our audience of public policy issues which impact public education in our state, you will begin to see more content published here and shared across our social media about the activities of our elected officials.

  • FORBES Quantifies the Unquantifiable: Return on Investment in Education

        FORBES published a story called, “Here’s a Plan to Turn Around Education – and Generate $225 Trillion” that tasked a small group of education policy experts with a mighty order. FORBES asked them to find out what it would take, what it would cost, and what the return on investment would be for America to become one of the highest performers in the world in education. The full story, printed in the December 15, 2014, issue of FORBES, is six pages long, but don’t worry: we’ll give yo...

  • Missouri Legislature Begins Filing Education Bills

    The filing period for the 98th Missouri General Assembly opened on December 1, 2014 and concluded on January 6, 2015. Several veteran and new legislators have filed education-related bills which could impact all Missourians. While filing a bill does not guarantee any of these ideas will become law in Missouri, we will continue to monitor and report on these bills as they move through the legislative process.  The embedded tweets below contain links to the actual bill information on the web ...

  • The Impact of Refundable and Non-Refundable Tax Credits

    Tax Credits are a hot topic in Missouri, in part because they make up so much of the state’s budget. In Fiscal Year 2012, for instance, Missouri projected total expenditures of $8.64 billion. According to the Tax Credit Review Commission, more than $629 of those expenditures were projected to be consumed by tax credits.

  • Early Childhood Education Investment: An Investment in Our Kids & Our Economy

        What would you say if we told you that a single type of state investment could do these three big things? 1. Increase high school graduation rates.

  • Missouri’s Low Income Housing Tax Credits

      Missouri struggles to support public education. Year after year, lawmakers make choices about general revenue expenditures like those that support Missouri’s K-12 public schools. They also make decisions about tax credits, like Missouri’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

  • Tax Credits Don’t Attract Businesses to Missouri

    Studies show that Missouri might earn more money by investing in education than it does by investing in tax credits designed to spur economic development. State governments that emphasize tax credits and other corporate tax perks to corporations in hopes of enticing them to do business inside state lines are missing the boat, according to this 2013 report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). In a single paragraph, the report summarizes a complex and important investment issue that Missouri Pa...

  • Stoddard County Schools & the Missouri Foundation Formula

      Each year, tens of thousands of Missouri students receive less money for their public school education than state law requires. These shortfalls accentuate differences between schools that operate in areas with high local property tax revenues and schools in areas with lower local tax efforts. This is precisely the gap that the Missouri Foundation Formula, which was passed into law in 2005, was designed to bridge.

  • #MissouriMath Doesn’t Add Up

          The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics says that “the underpinnings of everyday life, such as making purchases, choosing insurance or health plans, and planning fore retirement, all require mathematical competence. (source) Mathematics is taught in Missouri’s K-12 schools and in its colleges and universities. From addition to calculus; statistics to econometrics, Missouri’s students take a wide range of math classes from kindergarten through college.

  • What Exactly is a Tax Credit?

    It would be so much easier to make smart voting decisions if we could just get a simple rundown of what each policy means, how much it would cost taxpayers, and how that money would help Missouri. A tax topic of much contention right now is Missouri tax credits. Tax credits aren’t just controversial; they’re highly complex.

  • Top 10 by 20 Initiative Part II: Graduating College and Career Ready

    This post is Part 2 of a series on the Missouri Top 10 by 20 initiative. Read the first post in the series here. In 2009, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) launched a statewide education improvement effort called Missouri Top 10 by 20.

  • The Missouri Lottery: False Advertising?

    The Missouri Lottery, which exists in large part to fund public schools, is under public scrutiny.   The Lottery saw a 1.5 percent increase in gross revenue last year, while its contributions to public education were down 7.4. This hasn’t stopped the Lottery from spending advertising dollars telling the public about its contributions to public education.

  • Satire (and the Sad Truth) About Education Funding with The Onion

      The Onion is arguably the funniest satire site on the web, taking stabs at all aspects of culture and current events, from politics to sports to technology. As its sardonic articles, videos, and infographics make the rounds on social media, one of its posts occasionally touches on a subject dear to the heart of Missouri Parent: public schools. On September 12th, The Onion published a story called “Tips For Fixing The Nation’s Education System”.

  • Four Prominent Educators Appointed to the Missouri Lottery Commission

             Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently made two important decisions about the Missouri Lottery that could affect funding for Missouri public schools. First, the governor required the Office of Administration (OA) to review the State Lottery Commission. Second, he replaced four Missouri Lottery commissioners and added a fifth.

  • Education Funding Released After Veto Session’s Close

        Governor Nixon’s “Friday Favors” tax break bill vetoes were brought to lawmakers during the September 10th veto session in Jefferson City. The Governor’s tax break-specific vetoes were sustained, and he announced on Thursday that $143.6 million would be released back into the General Revenue. TWEET THIS ARTICLE Learn more about the Governor’s precautionary adjustment of the General Revenue in this post.

  • Veto Session Begins Tomorrow: Contact Your Legislator Today!

    Tomorrow, September 10, 2014, legislators will meet in Jefferson City for a very important veto session. If you’re concerned about our state’s school funding, please contact your representative today, encouraging him or her not to override the Governor’s vetoes of the Friday Favor bills*. Share This Call to Action with Your Followers on Twitter!

  • Missouri Schools Should Be Prioritized Above Tax Cuts

        Governor Jay Nixon vetoed 33 bills during the 2014 legislative session. Ten of those bills, which his administration calls “#FridayFavors”, were vetoes of tax break bills that could reduce state and local tax revenues by more than $776 million annually, $425 million of that at the state level. These tax breaks are good for corporations and bad for schools.

  • Missouri Governor Vetoes Tax Breaks – How Will #MOLeg Respond?

         On the last day of the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed several last-minute tax breaks to benefit several businesses and corporations. Governor Jay Nixon reacted strongly in favor of public education by vetoing those tax breaks, which would directly affect state-level funding for education in Missouri. As a precautionary measure (in case his vetoes are overridden), the Governor also adjusted the General Revenue to account for the $425 million decrease in ...

  • Do Friday Favors Tax Cuts Really Matter to My 9-Year-Old?

        On the final Friday of the 2014 legislative session, Missouri lawmakers passed a series of bills offering tax breaks to several corporations and businesses. Governor Nixon vetoed them, calling them favors to big businesses, or “#FridayFavors”.  As the days draw nearer for the Missouri Legislature to reconvene for their veto session on September 10th, you will be hear this nickname repeatedly in news, conversation and here on Missouri Parent. Why did the governor veto those bil...

  • Four Passed Bills Which Impact Missouri Public Schools

    With the end of the regular session of the Missouri Legislature, it is a good time to look at several bills impacting public education were passed and one which might be back sooner than you think. HB 2002 is the appropriations bill which fund elementary and secondary schools. The Foundation Formula received an at least $115 million in increased funding.

  • School Funding in America’s Top-Performing States

    American public schools were projected to spend $11,180 per student during the 2013-14 academic year (source). Missouri fell below the national average with a projected $9,721 per pupil expenditure (source). Today we’ll talk about whether that spending difference has an impact on achievement in Missouri’s public schools.

  • 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 ...

  • Neighboring States: Oklahoma Fights for Funding

    25,000 supporters of public schools, educators, parents and students convened in Oklahoma City in late March in the largest advocacy effort the state has seen for public education in 24 years. Despite Oklahoma’s public school attendance increasing by 40,000 students since 2009, funding for the state’s public education has fallen by $200 million. Advocates came together at the state’s capitol to bring attention to the shortfall.

  • 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.

  • Schools and Libraries to Benefit from Technology Funding & Donations

    Schools and libraries nationwide may soon see an influx of computers and software, and gain increased broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second. These improvements are the result of $750 million in pledged donations from companies and from recent changes to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) funding of its E-Rate grants program. Microsoft, Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are among the companies who have pledged to support technology in schools.

  • Public Schools Face Increased Costs of Doing Business

    The Missouri General Assembly is in session, and once again, tax breaks for businesses are on the table. HB 1253, sponsored by Representative T.J. Berry (R-Kearney) — the same representative who sponsored last year’s HB 253 — promise these breaks to businesses across the state.

  • Tax Breaks Don’t Benefit Students

    Dozens of Missouri representatives from across party lines stood strong in 2013 against Missouri House Bill 253. The bill, which was touted as an economic development bill, centered on business tax cuts that were detrimental to state funding for public schools. Now that Missouri’s new legislative session is underway, another bill has emerged that is reminiscent of HB 253.

  • Learn About the Missouri Foundation Formula

    This is Part II of a two-part post explaining the Missouri Foundation Formula. For Part I, please click here.  Previously, we discussed two of the four key components of the Missouri Foundation Formula: Weighted Average Daily Attendance (WADA) and The State Adequacy Target (SAT). Today, we’ll explain the third and four components of the Formula: The Dollar Value Modifier (DVM) and Local Effort.

  • Understanding the Missouri Foundation Formula

    The Missouri Foundation Formula was passed in 2005 to help ensure that all of Missouri’s elementary and secondary education students have access to adequate educational resources. The formula is used to establish a concrete spending target — the amount of money that should be spent (at minimum) in order to educate the average K-12 student in Missouri per academic year. The four basic pieces of the Missouri Foundation Formula are: · Weighted Average Daily Attendance · The State Adequacy Target · ...

  • Lottery Makes $29.2 Million Contribution to Missouri Public Schools

    The Missouri Lottery made a very large contribution to Missouri public education on Friday, January 10th. A total of $29.2 million was transferred to our schools — the third largest monthly transfer in the Lottery’s 28-year history. What lead to the massive contribution?

  • 14 Missouri Schools to Benefit from $7.5 Million Federal Grant

    The U.S. Department of Education announced on December 23rd that Missouri was one of five states to receive continuation funds through the School Improvement Grant (SIG). This was the Missouri’s 5th consecutive year to receive SIG grants, receiving $7,531.890.

  • A Lesson From New Jersey Which Missouri Can Learn From

    In Part I of “A Lesson Missouri Can Learn from New Jersey’s Abbott Schools”, we explained how Abbott v. Burke resulted in a total — and highly effective — reform of New Jersey’s early elementary education programs in its poorest (and some of the poorest in the nation) schools. The Abbott model resulted in persistent test gains, lower retention rates, and a lesser need for special education services.

  • These Legislators Stood Strong for Education in Missouri

    During the last session of the Missouri Legislature, legislators sponsored and sent a bill to Governor Nixon that would harm state funding for public education. Billed as an economic development initiative, the main plank of the legislation was to provide an income tax cut to Missourians of nearly $800 million. This tax cut would have largely come at the expense of funding our state’s public schools which have not received full funding for the past six years under the school foundation formula l...

  • Exciting News for the Missouri School Funding Formula

    Governor Jay Nixon talks with Senator David Pearce, chairman of the Missouri Senate Education Committee. State funding is a problem in Missouri’s public schools, but that may be about to change. The Challenges There are two complex pieces in the funding puzzle surrounding state funding for Missouri’s public schools.

  • State-Level Funding for Missouri Public Schools

    Yesterday, we explained how Missouri compares against national averages for federal, state, and local public education funding. Today, we’ll explore primary sources of state-level funding for our schools. In Fiscal Year 2014, Missouri will invest $3,385,298,854 in elementary and secondary education.

  • Where Does Missouri’s Public Education Funding Come From?

    Click the graphic above for a downloadable PDF. Missouri’s K-12 public schools receive funding from federal, state, and local sources. Today on the MOParent Blog, we’ll explain these three levels of funding.

  • The Missouri Lottery Funds Missouri Public Schools

    Click the image above for a downloadable PDF. The Missouri Lottery supports Missouri public education by contributing nearly 25% of its ticket sales proceeds to public education annually. Contributions have risen steadily over the last decade, leading to a record-high contribution in fiscal year 2013.

  • What Missouri Educators Are Doing to Fight HB 253

    Read the bill and veto message for yourself by clicking the image above. In June 2013, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed Missouri House Bill 253, calling it “an ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment,” in part because of the damage it could to do state-funded services including public education. “House Bill 253 is a reckless fiscal experiment cooked up by a few special interests that could knock Missouri permanently off course and send us heading in the wrong direction.” Missouri teachers and ...

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