Legislative Priorities for 2018-19
The State of Missouri plays a significant role in properly funding all Missouri school districts. MoASBO supports full funding of the Foundation Formula and the Transportation Formula, as well as restoring funding to other categorical appropriations that have been reduced significantly since the pre-recession funding levels of FY2009. Current funding needs for these appropriation items are as follows:
- The Foundation Formula will require an estimated $77 million of additional funding to remain fully funded for FY2020.
- The Transportation Formula remains approximately $198.5 million short of funding 75% of allowable costs, and remains $65.3 million short of the FY2009 funding level.
- Parents as Teachers funding remains more than $16 million short of the FY2009 funding level.
- Career Education funding remains more than $2.8 million short of the FY2009 funding level.
- Missouri Virtual Education funding remains more than $4.3 million short of the FY2009 funding level.
- The Public Placement Fund remains approximately $8.8 million short of full funding, and remains $5.5 million short of the FY2017 funding level.
MoASBO supports legislation that would seek to replace lost school district revenue incurred due to the reduction in Financial Institutions Tax.
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 any legislation that would divert revenue from traditional public schools to non-public educational entities.
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 believes the Missouri Legislature can 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 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 supports legislation that would mandate a system of uniform and accurate property assessments across Missouri.
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 Board of Equalization.
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 opposes legislation that creates new unfunded mandates for school districts.
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 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 to struggling districts before they become unaccredited.
- Those students who have transferred from unaccredited schools should remain in that current school district to provide a greater level of stability.
- Tuition calculations for a receiving district must represent the unique nature of those districts, the programs and services they provide, and the commitment of local taxpayers to support their school district.
- No school district should be forced into financial distress as a result of student transfers, because of the lasting impact that will have on their local community and students left behind.
- MoASBO supports a change to laws that limit working after retirement. Retired staff cannot work in excess of 550 hours per year, unless a district declares a critical shortage. During a critical shortage the 550 hour rule is waived for up to five staff. MoASBO supports increasing that limit to five percent of total certified teachers within unaccredited districts.
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