HCS/HB 1740 (Scott Dieckhaus): The House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee approved an HCS version of HB 1740 on February 22 which contains eight (8) provisions related to school operations. The provisions included are related to teacher tenure, salary channel, student transfers, the lapse of unaccredited school districts, virtual schools, Passport Scholarship tax credit program, expansion of charter schools, and the school foundation formula. This bill may be taken up in the House sometime soon.
Look up your Missouri House member’s contact information here to call, email, or write them.
TALKING POINTS FOR WRITING YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
The League of Women Voters of Missouri supports HCS/HB 1043 (Mike Thomson) regarding the distribution of school formula funds when the formula is underfunded.
The League supports the need to improve the accountability standards of charter schools and believes charter schools should be held to the same standards of accountability as public schools. The League believes that charter schools should not be expanded statewide. This provision expands the area of operation of charter schools to include an unaccredited district or a provisionally accredited district. In a school district that is accredited without provisions, only the local school board may sponsor a charter school in the district.
The League opposes the Passport Scholarship tax credit program. It would allow the diversion of public funds for students of unaccredited districts to attend non-public private or parochial schools. A taxpayer could make a contribution to an educational assistance organization and claim a tax credit on a return. The League believes that public funds should only be used for public education and that the state must meet its obligation to fully fund the foundation formula. The League challenges the General Assembly to work toward securing the necessary equitable and adequate funding for public education.
NOTE: PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AS AN INDIVIDUAL, NOT AS A MEMBER OF THE LEAGUE. THESE ARE ONLY TALKING POINTS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING OR CALLING YOUR LEGISLATOR. AT THIS LATE DATE A CALL MIGHT BE THE BEST WAY TO VOICE YOUR CONCERNS.
SAMPLE LETTER TO SEND TO LEGISLATORS
I am writing to ask that you oppose HCS/HB 1740, filed by Rep. Scott Dieckhaus.
The needs for action in support of our students and our public schools should be top consideration. Legislative action is needed this year on the distribution of funding the school foundation formula for next year.
I oppose creating a tax-credit program for students of unaccredited districts to attend private and parochial schools. With the school formula already under-funded, the state cannot afford a tax credit program that will divert state funding to students to attend non-public schools in unaccredited districts and reduce revenues available to support public schools.
I support the need for strengthening accountability standards for charter schools as they should be held accountable, the same as other public schools. I oppose the expansion of charter school sponsorship and territory statewide.
I ask that you oppose HCS/HB 1740. Please allow the needed legislation to proceed for public school funding.
Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on this important issue.
League of Women Voters of Missouri
Phone: 314-961-6869 l Fax: 314-961-8393 l www.lwvmissouri.org
8706 Manchester Road, Ste 104
St. Louis, Missouri 63144-2724