Legislative Priorities for 2020-21
The Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) represents superintendents, business officials, and other central office staff whose expertise cover every aspect of school district administration. We are the largest and most diverse educational administrative organization in the state. Our legislative priorities for 2019-20 reflect the very diverse nature of our membership.
- 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. 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 Foundation Formula should be fully funded for FY2022.
- The Transportation Formula remains approximately $200 million short of funding 75% of allowable costs. Over the past decade state funding has decreased $65 million, while costs to operate transportation systems in the state have increased by $132 million.
- The Public Placement Fund remains approximately $8.8 million short of full funding, and remains $5.5 million short of the FY2017 funding level.
- Parents as Teachers, Career-Technical Education, and Missouri virtual education funding 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 still 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. (For example: online sales tax collection)
- MoASBO supports legislation that would mandate a system of timely and accurate property assessments by County Assessors across Missouri. Additionally, MoASBO opposes attempts to arbitrarily cap or otherwise manipulate the property assessment process.
- 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 supports for struggling districts before they become unaccredited.
- MoASBO supports additional state funding to implement the Governor’s priorities of enhancing school safety, improving teacher salaries, and expanding workforce development programs.
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