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MoASBO 2021-22 Legislative Priorities

Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) 2021-22 Legislative Priorities

MoASBO supports full funding of the Foundation Formula and the Transportation Formula, as well as funding for other categorical appropriations that have been reduced significantly for the past decade. The State of Missouri plays a significant role in properly funding all Missouri school districts with over 100,000 staff serving the educational needs of approximately 900,000 children.

  • The Foundation Formula should be fully funded for FY2022.
  • The Transportation Formula should be fully funded, eliminating the approximate $214 million shortfall necessary to cover 75% of eligible costs. Over the past decade state funding has continued to decrease relative to costs.
  • The Public Placement Fund should be fully funded, eliminating the approximate $11 million shortfall.
  • Parents as Teachers, Career-Technical Education, and Missouri virtual education should be fully funded, all remain underfunded and require additional support.

 

MoASBO opposes any legislation that would divert revenue from traditional public schools to non-public educational entities.

  • MoASBO supports legislation that would ensure accountability for all approved MOCAP providers, and designate a 95% attendance rate for all online courses regardless of the student’s A+ status.
  • MoASBO supports allowing districts to maintain financial discretion while making quality educational decisions regarding which MOCAP providers to utilize for the students in their district.
  • MoASBO supports legislation that provides a balanced approach to granting economic development incentives with no more than 50 percent abatement for a project that does not have local school district support, regardless of incentive tool utilized, or provides an option for school districts to opt out of such abatement plans.

MoASBO believes the Missouri Legislature should support public education by rejecting any legislation that would further limit the states’ ability to generate revenue or create limits to state spending.

MoASBO supports efforts of the Missouri Legislature to increase state revenues to educate Missouri’s children.  

 

MoASBO 2021-22 Additional Legislative Priorities

  • MoASBO supports legislation that mandates a system of timely and accurate property assessments by County Assessors across Missouri. Additionally, MoASBO opposes attempts to arbitrarily cap or otherwise change the property assessment process.  Further, MOASBO supports the taxing structures and methods currently provided by the Missouri Constitution.
  • MoASBO opposes efforts to eliminate the personal property tax, or any other revenue streams for school districts without introducing new equivalent revenue sources.
  • MoASBO supports legislation that improves the timing of the tax rate setting process, through earlier establishment of assessed values and/or additional time for setting of tax rates after the Board of Equalization has completed appeals.
  • MoASBO opposes new legislation that increases the number of students eligible under the current Foundation Formula unless additional funds are provided to maintain full funding of the formula.
  • MoASBO opposes legislation that would reduce or limit the eligibility of summer school attendance hours for Foundation Formula reimbursement.
  • MoASBO opposes legislation that creates new unfunded mandates for school districts.
  • MoASBO opposes any efforts to fundamentally change or disrupt the independent governing structure of PSRS/PEERS. Further, MoASBO opposes efforts to merge PSRS/PEERS with any other entity.
  • MoASBO supports legislation that provides maximum district flexibility on Work After Retirement (WAR) provisions to fill critical needs, while protecting the financial integrity of PSRS/PEERS.
  • MoASBO supports reforms to Missouri’s Tax Credit system that creates a sunset on all existing credits, and makes all credits subject to annual appropriation.
  • MoASBO supports legislation that would increase bonding capacity for school districts, and to allow voters to pass a bond election with a simple majority.
  • MoASBO supports legislation that increases local flexibility over matters such as approval of bills, dispensing of surplus property, depository bidding, and hiring of personnel.
  • MoASBO supports a fair and consistent set of standards to evaluate student and district performance, with less emphasis on standardized testing.
  • MoASBO supports efforts to improve struggling schools in Missouri, but believes transferring students from district to district is not in the best interest of Missouri students or the communities where they live.
  • MoASBO believes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education must have the resources to provide comprehensive support for struggling districts before they become unaccredited.

 

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