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  • What Does the Missouri Board of Education Do?

     

    The Missouri State Board of Education supervises instruction in the state’s public schools from preschool through higher education and adult education. The Board, which was established by Article IX, Section 2a of the Missouri Constitution, has many responsibilities.

    Its role includes, but is not limited to:

    · Appointing the State Commissioner of Education
    · Setting the policies for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    · Defining academic performance standards and assessments.
    · Accrediting local school districts through the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP).
    · Operating Missouri State Schools, and
    · Submitting budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature.
    (Source)

    All of the Board of Education’s duties are critical ones for Missouri’s public schools. Accreditation, performance standards, and budgets are some of the biggest categories of educational responsibility in the State of Missouri.

    So when board members’ decisions affect our students, schools, and districts so universally, it’s important to understand more about the Board. How are Board members appointed? How long do they serve? What kinds of credentials do they need to have?

    Who Sits on the Missouri Board of Education?

    There are eight members of the Missouri Board of Education, each of whom serves an eight-year term. The Governor appoints the board’s members, and the State Senate confirms them. The members’ terms are staggered so that only one member’s term expires each year.

    Members must represent more than one political party; no more than four members can belong to the same party. Additionally, each member of the board must come from a different county or congressional district to ensure that a broad range of geographic perspectives is considered in decision-making.

    Board members have a range of professional backgrounds ranging from education to business to politics, and many have served on local school boards for years — or even decades — before being appointed to the State Board of Education.

    You can read more about the Missouri State Board of Education on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Website. You can also find Board meeting agendas and minutes, a Board meeting schedule, and information about Missouri’s Commissioner of Education.

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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 Council of Career and Technical School Administrators (MCCTA)

     

    Name: The Missouri Council of Career and Technical School Administrators (MCCTA)

    About: MCCTA is a professional organization for administrators and supervisors working in roles that relate to career and technical education. The organization is devoted to:

    · promoting career and technical education in the State of Missouri;
    · assisting in legislation affecting career and technical education in Missouri and nationally;
    · improving instructional standards and upgrades career and technical programs at the local level; and
    · supporting state and national leadership in career and technical education.

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    Website: http://www.MCCTA.org/

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    Writing a Letter to Legislators
    MCCTA Legislative Brochure

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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Council of School Administrators (MCSA)

     

     

    Name: The Missouri Council of School Administrators (MCSA)

    About: MCSA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit umbrella organization for two autonomous statewide professional associations of public school administrators. Those associations are the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)*, which serves school superintendents, and the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals (MAESP), which serves elementary and middle school principals. (Source)

    MCSA exists for the sole purpose of providing quality professional development opportunities for school administrators, central office administrators, secondary and elementary administrators, and professional/non professional staff. (Source)

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    Number of Employees: Many of MCSA’s ten employees work for MASA, MAESP, or MOASBO, as well as for MCSA. You can see a complete staff list, including the roles of each employee in MASA, MCSA, MAESP, and MOASBO here.

    Director: Lonnie Schneider
    (Schneider is also the Association Executive Director of MASA.)

    Websites:
    http://www.MCSA.org/
    http://www.MCSAOutreach.org/

    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 Secondary School Principals (MASSP)

     

    Name: The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)

    About: MASSP is a professional organization committed to the ongoing improvement of secondary education, the professional development of middle level and high school principals and assistant principals, and programs for the youth of Missouri.

    It is the only association in Missouri that serves the professional needs of middle school and high school principals and assistant principals with programs designed by secondary school administrators for secondary school administrators. (Source)

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    Mission: To improve secondary education through positive leadership and the enhancement of student performance. (Source)

    Read more about MASSP’s mission and beliefs here.

    Number of Employees: 2

    Executive Director: Phil Lewis

    Website: http://www.MOASSP.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    MASSP on Twitter
    MASSP on Facebook

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    MASSP’s advocacy efforts are woven into the efforts of the School Administrators Coalition (SAC) and Better Schools for Missouri. SAC sends out weekly email newsletter during legislative sessions, and the national association has a presence on Capitol Hill. Better Schools for Missouri helps supports of public education to elect Missouri lawmakers who share their value of quality public education.

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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO)

     

    Name: The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO)

    About: MoASBO is the premier association of Missouri for those managing district resources, supporting its members in managing school district resources by providing professional growth and networking opportunities.

    MoASBO aims to:
    · promulgate and establish high standards of ethics and efficiency in business methods and practices as related to the administration and operation of the public schools in the State of Missouri.
    · study, analyze and disseminate the most efficient methods and practices in all matters pertaining to school business administration; and
    · make comprehensive and progressive study of the school business profession and to recommend standards of practice for the school business official.

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    President: Ron Orr


    Website: http://www.MoASBO.org/

    Legislation & Advocacy: MoASBO is a sustaining member of Better Schools for Missouri.

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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)

      

    Name: The Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)

    About: MASL is the premier professional organization for library media specialists who work in Missouri schools.

    The purpose of MASL is:

    · To advocate for access to school library media center services and resources for Missouri’s children.
    · To develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the educational community
    · To enable the use of information technologies in Missouri schools.
    · To provide opportunities for continuing professional education, focusing on exemplary practices in school library media centers.
    · To recognize significant contributions to the profession and to the improvement of school library media programs in Missouri.

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    Readers Awards: MASL presents four Readers Awards each year, representing the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. MASL creates a preliminary list of titles, and students across the state can vote on which books win a MASL Readers Award. See the 2015-16 Readers Awards Nominees.

    MASL’s Readers Awards are:
    · Show Me Readers Award (grades 1-3)
    · Mark Twain Readers Award (grades 4-6)
    · Truman Readers Award (grades 6-8)
    · Gateway Readers Award (grades 9-12)

    Number of Employees: MASL’s board sets direction and policies for the organization, but a third-party management company runs MASL’s communications, finances, member services, readers award programs, and events, and manages its general office duties.

    President of the Board: Lysha Thompson
    A full list of MASL’s Board of Directors is available on its website.


    Website:
    http://www.MASLOnline.org/

    Social Media: MASL on Facebook

    Legislation & Advocacy: MASL advocates for intellectual freedom. More information about MASL’s legislative advocacy, including its legislative agenda, is available to members. You can learn more about the American Association of School Librarian’s advocacy efforts here.

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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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals

     

     

    Name: The Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals

    About: The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

    MAESP is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of elementary and middle school principals, assistant principals and those educators with an interest in becoming principals.

    MAESP is a statewide professional association that has grown to include over 1,000 school administrators. The services provided by MAESP to its membership have also increased as members have identified and approved long-range plans incorporating key services.

    Understanding the needs, concerns, and problems of elementary and middle school principals, MAESP offers extensive support, expert counsel and proven solutions. (Source)

    Number of Employees: 3

    Executive Director: Dr. Michael Schooley

    Website: http://www.MAESP.com/

    Social Media Sites:
    Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals on Facebook
    National Association of Elementary School Principals on YouTube
    National Association of Elementary School Principals on LinkedIn
    National Association of Elementary School Principals on Twitter

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Legislative Platform & Priorities
    National Association of Elementary School Principals Advocacy Program

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    NAESP Advocacy Priorities:

    • Secure federal funding for professional development and mentoring programs that will strengthen principals' knowledge of early childhood education.
    • Require models of school improvement reform to judge principals based on training, expertise, and time afforded in the school building rather than simply relying on student assessment scores.
    • Ensure that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) draws from the experiences of local principals and educators who know students best. (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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  • Missouri Education Advocates: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

     

    Name: The Missouri Council for Exceptional Children

    About the International Organization: The Council for Exceptional Children is a premier education organization, internationally renowned for its expertise and leadership, working collaboratively with strategic partners to ensure that children and you with exceptionalities are valued and full participating members of society. As a diverse and vibrant professional community, CEC is a trusted voice in shaping education practice and policy. (Source)

    CEC is a professional membership organization for gifted and special education professionals. The organization is international with a local chapter here in Missouri.

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    Mission of the Missouri CEC: The purpose of the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children is to advance the education of individuals with exceptionalities and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes.

    President: Kim Turner

    Website: http://www.MissouriCEC.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    International CEC on Twitter
    International CEC on Facebook
    International CEC on YouTube
    International CEC on Pinterest
    International CEC on LinkedIn

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    CEC works to improve public policy affecting children and youth with disabilities and gifts and talents, their parents, and the professionals who work with them, at all levels of government. You can learn more about CEC’s policy and advocacy work on this page of the international organization’s website.

    The CEC “Policy Insider” is the organization’s weekly news digest that includes news — including policy and advocacy news — to readers.

    To learn more about the specific causes that CEC’s members advocate for, check out the CEC’s “I’m An Advocate” YouTube Playlist.

    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.

     

  • Missouri Education Advocates: AFT-Missouri

     

    Name: American Federation of Teachers, Missouri Chapter (AFT-Missouri)

    About: The American Federation of Teachers, ALF-CIO is national organization. AFT-Missouri is Missouri’s local AFT union.

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    Mission: The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

    Number of Employees: 2

    President: Kelly McClendon

    Website: http://mo.aft.org/

    Social Media Sites:
    National AFT on Facebook
    National AFT on Twitter

    Legislation & Advocacy:
    National Legislative Action Center
    Missouri AFT Legislation

    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.

    Connect with Missouri Parent on Facebook and Twitter and share our Missouri Education Advocates posts with your network using the hashtag #MoEdAdvocates.


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